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Abbas may return to UN

February 16, 2012

The Palestinian Authority is threatening to resume its attempt to gain recognition of a Palestinian state at the UN if Israel does not agree to freeze all settlement activity.

The ultimatum was delivered by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at a meeting of the Arab League on Sunday and in a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Montefiore bigoraphy wins prestigious prize

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2012

An Oxford University academic has won £16,000 for her biography of Jewish philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore.

Abigail Green's book on the "Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero" was named as the runner-up in the annual Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

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Israel move after 71 years of marriage

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2012

An American couple have arrived in Israel to build a new life together – at the combined age of 188.

Phillip and Dorothy Grossman, who have been married for 71 years, are thought to be the oldest husband and wife to make aliyah.

The Grossmans, from Maryland, arrived in Israel on Tuesday and have now moved in to their new house in Jerusalem.

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Grammy for Jewish Sesame Street singer

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2012

A Jewish singer and songwriter who specialises in making music for children walked away with one of the few Grammy awards not snapped up by Adele at Sunday's ceremony.

Barry Louis Polisar's song Town of Round was one of the tracks on a compilation called All About Bullies Big and Small.

The album won the award for Best Children's Recording.

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Israeli PM: Iran to blame for Delhi embassy car explosion

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2012

The Israeli Prime Minister has blamed Iran for an attack on an Israeli diplomat's car in Delhi.

A woman, believed to be the wife of a diplomat, was injured in the blast near the Israeli embassy. The car went up in flames on Monday afternoon, Delhi time.

The explosion in India occurred as staff at Israel's embassy in Georgia managed to disable a device before it could do any damage.

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Israeli diplomat's car explodes in India

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2012

Israel's Foreign Ministry is investigating what happened after an Israeli diplomat's car exploded in Delhi.

A woman is understood to have been injured in the blast, in which the car went up in flames. The explosion occurred on Monday afternoon, Delhi time, near the embassy.

Yigal Palmor, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, would not confirm whether the diplomat was in the car at the time.

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Marines apologise for SS flag photo

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2012

The US Defence Secretary has issued an apology after it emerged that a group of US marines had posed with a flag that "adopted the SS insignia".

Leon Panetta's office expressed regret for the insensitivity displayed by the sniper team when it posed alongside a US flag and another bearing "a Nazi-related symbol".

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Whitney Houston mourned by Winehouse family

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2012

Amy Winehouse's father has expressed sorrow over the death of singer Whitney Houston.

The star was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel room on Saturday, after years spent battling a crack cocaine addiction.

The singer, who won six Grammy awards during her career, was 48.

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US Marines posed with 'SS insignia' flag

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2012

Members of the US Marine Corp have been criticised after a photograph surfaced of them posing with a flag that "adopted the SS insignia".

Ten Marines, who were serving in Afghanistan, were pictured next to a flag bearing "a Nazi-related symbol", as well as a US flag. The photo was said to have been taken in September 2010 but was not brought to the unit's attention until late last year.

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Court blocks cross-border Holocuast lawsuits

By Toby Axelrod, February 9, 2012

A ruling last week by the International Court of Justice in The Hague that victims of the Nazis will not have the right to sue Germany in foreign courts has dashed hopes for speedier justice for Holocaust survivors.

The judgment overturned a 2004 decision by the Italian Supreme Court, which ruled that Germany should pay reparations to an Italian former slave labourer, Luigi Ferrini.

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