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Kerry condemns leaflet ordering Ukrainian Jews to register with authorities

By Charlotte Oliver, April 18, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry has described reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine were being told to register with local authorities as “not just intolerable” but “grotesque”.

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Moshe Kahlon, new dark horse of Israeli politics

By Nathan Jeffay, April 18, 2014

One of the most popular politicians to leave the Knesset in the last decade has announced plans to return to public life — spelling possible trouble for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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‘KKK killer’ is nice and friendly, says Missouri mayor

By Charlotte Oliver, April 17, 2014

The man who is alleged to have shot dead three people at a Jewish community centre and home for the elderly near Kansas City has been described as “nice and friendly” by the Mayor of Marionville, Missouri, Dan Clevenger.

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Storm over Palestinian visit to Auschwitz

By Nathan Jeffay, April 17, 2014

For most, a visit to Auschwitz is a simple act of commemoration. But when a Palestinian professor went to the former death camp with 30 students in tow, it was seen as near treason.

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INTERVIEW: Vadim Rabinovich

By Orlando Radice, April 14, 2014

Vadim Rabinovich, the multi-millionaire Jewish businessman running for president in Ukraine’s first post-revolution election in May, has said that he is willing to work with the far-right party Pravy Sektor if he takes up office.

The nationalist party played a major role in the ouster of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, but has been criticised for harbouring violent fascists.

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Peace talks: between rocks and a hard place

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2014

Israel and the Palestinian Authority have agreed to continue talks for the next two weeks in an attempt to reach an agreement on extending the negotiations for another nine months.

Aside from this, very little, if anything at all, seems to be agreed on.

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Unity march begins with a broiges

By Dan Friedman, April 14, 2014

The Celebrate Israel Parade is an annual show of support for the Jewish state by the largest Jewish population outside Israel — that of New York City.

Run by the UJA-Federation of New York and the Jewish Community Relations Council, the kosher carnival, timetabled for June 1, is touted as an opportunity to show unity.

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In LA, Passover comes with a different topping

By Suzanne Levy , April 14, 2014

Fancy a takeaway matzah pizza? A week off email? Or a Seder in the wilderness? American Jews are finding more ways this year to push the boundaries of Passover, propelled by a desire to make it more spiritually meaningful — or just easier to fit into a busy life.

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‘KKK’ gunman kills three in attack on Jewish community buildings

By Dan Friedman and Daniel Easterman, April 14, 2014

Three people have been killed in shootings at a Jewish community centre and home for the elderly near Kansas City in the US.

According to local media reports, the prime suspect is Frazier Glenn Cross Jr, a 73-year-old former leader Ku Klux Klan leader who has a long history of antisemitism and racism.

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Architect of Oslo Accords Ron Pundak dies

By Daniel Easterman, April 11, 2014

Ron Pundak, one of the leading figures behind the Oslo Accords, has died aged 59 after a long battle with cancer.

In early 1993, while the official negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians in Washington were failing, a secret back channel with the PLO was opened by Mr Pundak together with fellow academic Yair Hirschfield - first in London, and then Oslo.

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