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Atlanta paper owner quits after assassination column

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2012

The owner of a Georgia Jewish newspaper has stepped down after public condemnation of a recent column.

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Ben Stiller to star in HBO Jewish family series

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2012

The life of a Jewish family in Washington DC is to be dramatised by the television network behind The Sopranos and Sex and the City.

HBO has ordered a pilot episode of a series, starring Ben Stiller and written by novelist Jonathan Safran Foer. A film adaptation of Mr Safran Foer's post-9/11 novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Clos will be in cinemas later this year.

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Report finds 1 in 5 Germans antisemitic

By Jennifer Lipman, January 23, 2012

A report into antisemitism in Germany has found that the country has a problem with entrenched hostility towards Jews.

According to the survey, which was commissioned in 2009 by the German parliament to look into antisemitism, some 20 per cent of citizens display anti-Jewish attitudes.

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Iran oil embargo 'step in right direction', says Netanyahu

By Jennifer Lipman, January 23, 2012

Israel and Britain have hailed the European Union for moving in the right direction after a new sanction on Iran was agreed.

The EU agreed on Monday morning to impose an oil embargo on Iran – one part of its wider challenge to Iran's nuclear programme.

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Giffords steps down a year after Arizona shooting

By Jennifer Lipman, January 23, 2012

The Jewish congresswoman who was severely injured by a gunman in Tucson a year ago has announced that she will be leaving public life for the foreseeable future.

Gabrielle Giffords, who has held her Arizona seat since 2007, was shot in the head at close range at a political event last January. Six people lost their lives during the attack, with a further 13 left seriously injured.

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Jewish writer criticised for Israel presidential assassination column

By Jennifer Lipman, January 23, 2012

A Jewish newspaper owner in Atlanta has issued an apology after he wrote a piece suggesting that Israel should consider assassinating a US president to ensure its own security.

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Dutch decision on chief rabbi suspension criticised

By Simon Rocker, January 20, 2012

The Conference of European Rabbis has criticised Amsterdam’s Orthodox Ashkenazi community for suspending its Chief Rabbi over his views on homosexuality.

Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag was relieved of his duties on Monday after signing an online rabbinical statement decrying same-sex marriage and suggesting that homosexuals should seek therapy to overcome their inclinations.

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Funeral held for Jewish soldier who fought in Afghanistan

By Jennifer Lipman, January 19, 2012

Family and friends of a Jewish American soldier who died in Afghanistan earlier this month have paid tribute to his bravery.

Airman Matthew Seidler, 24, from Maryland, was killed on January 5, by an improvised explosive device attack in the Helmand province.

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New Jersey synagogues in hate fire-bombing

By Nathalie Rothschild, January 19, 2012

A fire in a New Jersey synagogue is being investigated by the FBI as an attempted murder and hate crime arson.

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Hizbollah plotters thwarted in Thailand

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 19, 2012

A Hizbollah cell was plotting to carry out attacks against Israeli targets in Thailand, it was revealed this week.

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