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Restitution body doing 'nothing' for claimants

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

A Holocaust restitution organisation has been widely criticised by survivors and experts who say it has ignored compensation claims and neglected its duties.

Backed by £300,000 of Czech Foreign Ministry funding, the European Shoah Legacy Institute (ESLI) pledges to work with governments and restitution groups to return property, art and assets stolen by the Nazis.

The ESLI was set up in Jan

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So much for the dolce vita: antisemitism in Italy?

By Jessica Elgot, June 23, 2011

It could be a picture from a Nazi textbook, but this hook-nosed caricature of Israeli President Shimon Peres, with hands clasped around a Magen David and a pocketful of bleeding babies, was part of an Italian "cultural festival" last month.

The sinister funfair game, in which Turin students paid one euro to throw shoes at the gurning puppet, is one of a recent catalogue of incidents causing a c

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John Galliano: drugs erased my memory

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

John Galliano has told a Paris court that he is unable to recall the comments which led to the loss of his job at Christian Dior because he was under the influence of alcohol, valium and sleeping pills.

The eccentric British couturier was in court on the charge of publicly insulting a person based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity.

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Arrest warrant lawyer helping rights groups

By Martin Bright, June 23, 2011

The lawyer at the forefront of the campaign to arrest Israelis for war crimes has been advising human rights organisations opposed to a reform to the universal jurisdiction law.

Daniel Machover is one of the founders of Lawyers for Palestinian Rights

The new Police and Social Responsibility Bill passes the power to issue warrants to the Director of Public Prosecutions when it previously lay

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Vogue does strictly Orthodox fashion

By Jessica Elgot, June 23, 2011

They may not often grace the pages of Vogue, but strictly Orthodox women regularly reinterpret celebrity and catwalk fashion - with a modest twist, according to research by the London College of Fashion.

Chassidic women have interpreted mainstream fashion trends such as knitwear with embellished shoulder detail, ruffles, 60s-style pill box hats and evening dresses tempered with white shirts to

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Geert Wilders acquitted of inciting hatred against Muslims

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

An Amsterdam court has acquitted Dutch politician Geert Wilders of inciting hatred against Muslims.

The 47-year old populist, who leads the right-wing Party for Freedom, was cleared and told his comments were "acceptable within the context of the public debate".

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Writers urge UN Security Council for Syria resolution

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

The Israeli author Amos Oz has joined six other intellectuals including the French Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy in calling on the UN Security Council to go further in its reaction to the government crackdowns in Syria.

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US warn American flotilla group not to sail to Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

American pro-Palestinian activists planning to join a flotilla attempting to challenge the blockade of Gaza have been warned by their government that they will be putting themselves in danger.

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John Galliano tells Paris court he can't recall anti-Jewish rant

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2011

John Galliano has told a Paris court that he is unable to recall the comments which led to the loss of his job at Christian Dior because he was under the influence of alcohol, valium and sleeping pills.

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Nazi Joseph Goebbels' Berlin home for sale

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2011

House-hunters looking for a home abroad with lakeside views, greenery and plenty of space could be in luck – if they don't mind buying a property previously owned by Adolf Hitler's right-hand man.

A German company is hoping to attract buyers for a house near Berlin which was occupied for seven years by Hitler's propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels.

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