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Israeli device charges phone in 30 seconds

By Charlotte Oliver, April 9, 2014

Waning battery life is a modern-day annoyance every phone user knows all too well.

But Israeli startup StoreDot claims to have found the answer to our problems by developing a device that can charge a smartphone in under 30 seconds.

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West Bank settlers clash with Israeli soldiers

By Rosa Doherty, April 8, 2014

Israeli security forces have demolished several illegal buildings in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar, despite resistance from its hard-line Jewish residents.

Six border police officers were injured as hundreds of settlers threw rocks at the demolition workers.

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Gurlitt signs agreement over looted art

By JC Reporter, April 8, 2014

Art collector Cornelius Gurlitt has signed an agreement with the German authorities to allow investigators to hold on to artworks confiscated from him that could have been looted by the Nazis.

At least 593 pieces among over 1200 paintings found in Mr Gurlitt’s Munich flat will be held by a team researching whether the works were stolen from Jewish owners.

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Huge rise in Ukrainian aliyah

By JC Reporter, April 7, 2014

The unrest in Ukraine has prompted a huge increase in Jewish emigration to Israel.

According to Jewish Agency figures, 375 news immigrants arrived between January and the end of March, compared with 221 in the same period last year, a rise of 70 per cent.

More than 100 of the immigrants have arrived from Odessa, the Ukrainian Black Sea city where nearly 30,000 Jews live.

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Israeli diplomats ‘beat up’ Indian border official

By Daniel Easterman, April 7, 2014

Three Israeli diplomats allegedly assaulted an Indian immigration officer in New Delhi airport after a dispute over customs delays ahead of a flight to Kathmandu.

According to the Times of India, the Israeli Foreign Ministry employees held diplomatic passports, which grant them immunity from prosecution.

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Hungarian election a ‘wake-up call for Europe’

By Rosa Doherty, April 7, 2014

Electoral gains made by the far-right party Jobbik should be a source of grave concern for Europe, European Jewish Congress said in a statement following the Hungarian election on Sunday.

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Shaken, and stirring: Ukrainians pack bags

By Orlando Radice, April 4, 2014

By day, the Maidan, Kiev’s revolutionary square, is a jumble of tents, flags and half-demolished barricades. The anti-government groups who led the resistance are selling hot tea to passers-by, their burning rubber tyres having given way to makeshift stoves. Stalls display martyr badges and scarves in Ukrainian colours: the revolution is already being commodified.

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Back from the dead: a Ukrainian model for world Jewry

By Orlando Radice, April 4, 2014

Dnepropetrovsk's 600,000 sq ft Menorah Centre, approached by night, looks for all the world like the lurid, self-aggrandising dream of an eastern oligarch.

Rising out of largely neglected city streets, it is, literally, a vast menorah, with the glass outhouses that crown each of its seven towers illuminated each day of the week to represent the lighting of the candles.

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Jobbik praises Hitler ally ahead of vote

By Valentina Jovanovski, April 3, 2014

Just days before a national election, a far-right Hungarian MP has labelled the era of Miklos Horthy - who led the country from 1920-1944 and was an ally of Adolf Hitler - as "highly successful".

A statue of Horthy, who was in power when over 400,000 Jews were deported, was unveiled at a church in Budapest last year.

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Tinder for the Jews? Shidduch-making goes viral

By Rosa Doherty, April 3, 2014

Shidduch-making has just gone viral.

A team of New York developers have created a dating app that matches singles via their mobile phones.

Users sign up to view photographs of other people living in their area.

They are then able to rate them by clicking on icons with the options: Oy Vey! (forget it) Maybe, (I need time to think) or Crush (let’s date).

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