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Fatah-Hamas deal is 'unhelpful' but Obama won't give up on peace

By Rosa Doherty, April 25, 2014

American President Barack Obama has suggested it is time for a pause in peace talks while Israel and Palestine consider their options.

Mr Obama told reporters that both sides should want to seek peace, but that neither of them has shown the political will to make tough decisions.

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Frum magazine smuggles in the glamour

By Elissa Strauss, April 25, 2014

On its cover, Hadar little resembles other women’s magazines.

Its spring 2014 cover features a drawing of a dark-haired women holding a bouquet of poppies alongside promises of no-potato Passovers and DIY tricks.

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Israel suspends peace talks

By Orlando Radice, April 24, 2014

Israel has halted the peace talks in the wake of Wednesday’s decision by Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas to sign a reconciliation agreement.

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Mayor who backed Kansas ‘killer’ resigns

By Sebastien Malo, April 24, 2014

the mayor of a Missouri town who backed the white supremacist allegedly behind a shooting rampage at Jewish community centres in Kansas last week resigned on Monday.

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Italian politician follows retouched Auschwitz photo with hate rant

By Orlando Radice, April 24, 2014

Italian politician and comedian Beppe Grillo has refused to apologise for using Primo Levi’s Shoah poem If This is a Man to attack the government — and employed a series of classic antisemitic tropes to defend his actions.

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Fury over Hungary whitewash war statue

By Valentina Jovanovski , April 24, 2014

Protesters in Budapest are holding daily demonstrations to try to stop the construction of a controversial monument commemorating the victims of the German occupation, which they say is an attempt to whitewash Hungary’s role in the Holocaust.

Construction began on April 8, despite the government’s promise to postpone it until after Easter.

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Synagogue firebombing signals bleak horizon as chaos swirls in Ukraine

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 24, 2014

It is unclear who is behind a wave of antisemitic incidents in different parts of Ukraine, but many believe them to be part of the ongoing propaganda war between Russia and the new government in Kiev.

Jews arriving at a synagogue in Nikolayev on Shabbat morning discovered that petrol bombs had been thrown at the building.

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Tony Blair: Islamism is the biggest challenge

By Orlando Radice, April 24, 2014

Quartet Middle East envoy Tony Blair has accused the West of failing to recognise the scale of the dangers posed by radical Islam.

Speaking in London in Wednesday, Mr Blair said that an extremist version of Islam is driving the turmoil in the Middle East, which is now the world’s biggest security challenge.

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Netanyahu: Abbas deal with Hamas means no peace with Israel

By Sandy Rashty, April 23, 2014

Hamas and Fatah have signed a groundbreaking reconciliation deal, amid the breakdown of the Palestinian Authority’s peace talks with Israel.

Representatives from the groups announced the deal today after a meeting in the Gaza Strip.

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Abbas says he will dissolve Palestinian Authority if talks fail

By Charlotte Oliver, April 23, 2014

Israel will “bear full responsibility” for the Palestinian Authority - and all Palestinians living in the West Bank - if the Middle East peace talks finally fail next week, according to Mahmoud Abbas.

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