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Stars mourn ‘inspirational, irreplaceable’ Mike Nichols

By Josh Jackman, November 21, 2014

Mike Nichols, the Oscar-winning film director of The Graduate and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, has died aged 83.

Mr Nichols was one of only 12 people to have won all four major annual American entertainment awards - the coveted ‘EGOT’, standing for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.

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KKK opens its doors to Jews

By Dan Friedman, November 13, 2014

In a twist worthy of a comedy sketch, the leader of a Ku Klux Klan group in the Rocky Mountains has suggested that the notoriously racist group should be more accepting of black people, gays and even Jews - to the extent that they could even become members.

The KKK is best known for wearing white robes and hoods, burning crosses and lynching black people, but it emerged earlier this month that

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Pow-wow with the Navajo

By Shyam Kumar, November 13, 2014

Out of persecution can emerge mutual understanding, as the blossoming relationship between New Mexico's Navajo and Jewish communities is demonstrating.

This month, representatives from the two groups met in Albuquerque to compare histories and learn from each other's struggles.

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Netanyahu ‘chickenshit’, says top US official

By Josh Jackman, October 29, 2014

A senior US government official has called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “chickenshit”, while another has accused him of being a “coward.”

In an interview with The Atlantic, unnamed figures in the Obama administration said that fear and political self-interest was preventing the prime minister from making peace.

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Now he’s a real Transformer: LaBeouf becomes a Christian

By Josh Jackman, October 28, 2014

Transformers actor Shia LaBeouf has moved away from his Jewish roots to embrace Christianity following his latest role.

Mr LaBeouf, whose mother is Jewish and who had a barmitzvah, told Interview magazine that his time spent portraying the deeply religious Boyd ‘Bible’ Swan in David Ayer’s Fury had greatly affected him.

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Stars and stripes of David at odds

By Elad Uzan, September 11, 2014

On a humid Manhattan morning, four Jewish religious leaders came to speak with us, students of the Ruderman Program in American Jewish Studies, on the current state of American Jewry.

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Beheaded Jewish journalist Sotloff was Israeli citizen

By Charlotte Oliver, September 3, 2014

Isis militants have released a video apparently showing one of their members beheading Jewish-American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff.

Mr Sotloff, who was an Israeli citizen, wrote for publications including Time and Foreign Policy. He was abducted in Aleppo, Syria in August 2013.

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Jewish journalist Sotloff apparently beheaded by Isis

By Charlotte Oliver, September 3, 2014

Militants from the Islamic State of Iraq (Isis) released a video last night in which they apparently beheaded the Jewish American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff.

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Woman removed from plane after Gaza war row

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2014

A Jewish woman was thrown off an American airline after a heated row with a Palestinian passenger about the conflict in Gaza.

Lisa Rosenberg was asked to leave the jetBlue flight from Palm Beach to New York after a heated row with a Palestinian woman, who was alleged to have called Ms Rosenberg “a Zionist pig” after overhearing her phone call.

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Australian lesson for US

By Melanie Phillips, June 12, 2014

For the past six years, Israel's government has had to manoeuvre round the fact that its most powerful ally is run by a man who, while claiming to "have Israel's back", loses no opportunity to stick the knife into it.

Last week, this dismal history reached a new low when the Obama administration declared it would recognise the new "unity" government in which the Palestinian Authority has allied

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