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Composer and pianist wife die in house fire

May 7, 2015

British-born composer Ronald Senator and his wife, Miriam Brickman, were killed in a fire at their home in Yonkers, New York, last week. Mr Senator, 89, was best known for his piece Holocaust Requiem – Kaddish for the Children of Terezin, which was inspired by poems by writers Nelly Sachs and Paul Celan. Ms Brickman, 81, was an accomplished concert pianist.

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Veterans attack IDF policy in Gaza war

May 7, 2015

Israeli war veterans group Breaking the Silence has released a report in which IDF soldiers and officers who fought in Gaza last summer question the legality of the army's actions during the operation.

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IDF hospital giving hope to Nepal

By Nathan Jeffay, May 7, 2015

Israel's field hospital in Nepal has now treated almost 1,000 patients and is acquiring a reputation as the best place for the injured to come for care.

"Because of the good care that Israelis are giving, injured people from my village want to transfer here," said 18-year-old Dawa Bohola, sitting in the orthopaedics tent with his injured foot in a treatment bath.

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Jean-marie le pen disowns daughter

By JCReporter, May 7, 2015

The founder of the French National Front, Jean-Marie Le Pen, said this week he was "ashamed" that his daughter - current party leader Marine - still bears his surname. His remarks came following the far-right party's suspension of Mr Le Pen, 86, after he repeated his view that the Shoah was "a detail of history". Mr Le Pen said he would not back Ms Le Pen in the 2017 presidential elections.

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Israel and hamas in ceasefire talks

By JCReporter, May 7, 2015

Four the past four months, indirect talks have been taking place between Israel and Hamas. The negotiations, which have been conducted through a variety of intermediaries, including Qatar, the UN and Europe, have focused on securing a long-term ceasefire.

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Shoah survivor's son taking on Hillary Clinton

By Robert Philpot, May 7, 2015

Spoiler alert: Bernie Sanders, who last week became Hillary Clinton's first declared challenger, will not beat her to next year's Democrat presidential nomination.

But that does not make his quixotic campaign any less interesting: Mr Sanders is the first Jew to run for president since Senator Joe Lieberman's ill-fated bid in 2004.

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Major battle over top Israeli court looms

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 7, 2015

The new Knesset will be a battle-ground over the future and independence of Israel's Supreme Court.

The appointment of Habayit Hayehudi MK Ayelet Shaked - an outspoken critic of the court's powers to scrutinise and disqualify legislation - as the new justice minister will add extra impetus to the campaign to limit its powers.

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A coalition is born

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 7, 2015

With less than two hours to go before the final deadline for forming a government, Likud and Habayit Hayehudi negotiating teams finalised an agreement which allowed Benjamin Netanyahu to inform President Reuven Rivlin that he had succeeded in fulfilling his mandate.

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Natalie Portman attacks ‘racist’ Netanyahu

By Naomi Firsht, May 7, 2015

Film star Natalie Portman called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “racist” and said she was “very upset” when he was re-elected.

The Oscar-winning actress made in the comments during an interview with Hollywood Reporter in Los Angeles yesterday.

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Lieberman resigns at 11th hour

By Rosa Doherty, May 5, 2015

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has resigned and said that his party, Yisrael Beiteinu, would not join the new coalition government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

With the deadline for forming a coalition due to expire tomorrow night, Mr Netanyahu is now likely to have to govern with a thin 61-seat majority.

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