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Pope insists Gospels are not antisemitic

By Simon Rocker, March 3, 2011

A new book by Pope Benedict XVI will make clear that the Gospels cannot be used to justify antisemitism or the Jews blamed collectively for the death of Jesus.

According to the Catholic Truth Society, which publishes Jesus of Nazareth- Holy Week next week, it will also explain why Catholics should not attempt the conversion of Jews.

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People trafficking horror in Sinai

By Nathan Jeffay, March 3, 2011

Just a few miles from Israel's border, a cruel but lucrative business in kidnap and ransom is growing, according to separate reports just released by two Israeli charities.

Since 2005 more than 35,000 illegal African immigrants have reached Israel via Egypt, most with the help of paid Bedouin traffickers who helped those who approached them in return for an agreed fee.

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In Morocco, we trust our King

By Andrew Rosemarine, March 3, 2011

The president of the Jewish Community of Marrakech-Essaouira, Jacky Kadoch, has insisted that there is no reason for the Jewish community to fear the unrest in the country.

Over 37,000 people protested across the country this week, calling for "the overthrow of autocracy" and ransacking government buildings, banks and commercial centres.

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German Iran-link bank under fire

By Toby Axelrod, March 3, 2011

Protesters in Germany demanded this week the closure of an Iran-owned bank which they claim helps finance the regime's nuclear programme.

The demonstration, which was made up of Jewish, Christian, exile-Iranian and other groups, was organised by Stop the Bomb, a German NGO.

It follows heightened pressure by the US government on Germany to crack down on the European-Iranian Trade Bank.

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Siemens opens Nazi camp file

By Toby Axelrod, March 3, 2011

Each February, Gilbert Michlin invites fellow survivors and their spouses to his birthday party at his home in Paris. Before making a l'chaim, Mr Michlin remembers how, two days before his 18th birthday in 1944, he was deported from Paris and sent to a slave-labour sub-camp of Auschwitz.

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Fears in diaspora as Israel rejects convert

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 3, 2011

The Israeli Chief Rabbinate is trying to impose its stringent conversion rules on Orthodox organisations outside Israel.

Interior Minister Eli Yishai recently denied citizenship to a Canadian convert on the grounds that the Chief Rabbi, Sholmo Amar, does not recognise the authority of the rabbi who converted him in Canada.

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John Galliano to be prosecuted for alleged racism

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2011

Fashion designer John Galliano is to be prosecuted over his allegedly racist comments in a Paris café.

A spokesman for the Paris Prosecutor's Office said the designer would face trial later this year, after he was caught on video professing his love for Adolf Hitler and making anti-Jewish slurs at female tourists.

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John Galliano's apology in full

March 2, 2011

John Galliano has apologised for his behaviour:

"Since the events of last Thursday evening I have not been able to make any public comment on what took place based upon advice from my French lawyer. However, given the continuing delays at the French Prosecutor's Office I should make my position clear.

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John Galliano says sorry, heads to rehab

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2011

Former Christian Dior designer John Galliano has apologised “unreservedly” for his comments following the emergence of a video in which he declared his love for Adolf Hitler.

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Charlie Sheen: ADL's antisemitism claim untrue and malicious

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2011

Actor Charlie Sheen has accused the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of libel after the organisation’s national director called the actor’s remarks about his Jewish manager “borderline antisemitic”.

The star, known for the now on-hold series Two and a Half Men, has been the subject of media gossip in recent weeks for increasingly erratic behaviour, including alleged drug use and violence.

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