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Israeli autism drama to get the Homeland treatment

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2012

An Israeli drama series about an autistic child and his family could be the latest Hebrew-to-English crossover hit.

The rights to the Yellow Peppers series have been bought by the US Lions Gate studio, Ha’aretz reported.

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Banning him is a big error

By Norman Lebrecht, April 12, 2012

A nation that abhors boycotts should not cast the first ban. Israel has made some bad cultural moves down the years but none is potentially as damaging as the pointless decision to deny entry to Gunter Grass.

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Mel Gibson's Maccabees film shelved as writer attacks him for hating Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2012

Mel Gibson’s attitude toward the Jewish community has come under scrutiny once again after a Hollywood screenwriter accused him of hating Jews.

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Australian Catholic cardinal attacks 'little Jewish people'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2012

One of the most high profile figures in the Australian Catholic church has publicly labelled the Jewish population as intellectually limited.

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Gunter Grass: Israel ban like Burma or Stasi

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2012

German writer Gunter Grass has criticised Israel for declaring him persona non grata in response to a poem hostile to the Jewish state.

Mr Grass, who was a teenage Waffen SS member, released the verse last week under the title “What Must be Said”.

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White House: time running out for Iran

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2012

A White House official has warned that time is running out for Iran to work with the international community.

Jay Carney, press secretary for the Obama administration, said that “the window was closing” for the Ahmadinejad regime to cooperate over its nuclear ambitions.

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Reality show producer wants to follow lives of former Orthodox jews

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2012

New York's strictly Orthodox community could go under the microscope if a television producer succeeds in her plan for a reality show about their lives.

However Noah Scheinmann, executive producer at No Regrets Entertainment, wants the series to focus on those members who opt out of the insular community.

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Hebrew rapper performs at pagoda festival in Burma

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2012

A London-born Jewish rapper took to the stage in Burma last week in a celebration of political progress in the south east Asian country.

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Healing hands: how Israeli town riven by religious war is forging peace

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 11, 2012

Last year, Beit Shemesh was ground zero for the latest round of religious conflict in Israel, with regular reports emerging from the town of violent scuffles and the harassment of schoolgirls.

In recent months, however, the town may have turned into a symbol of communal engagement.

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'Antisemitic' pro-Hitler article falsely attributed to Jewish Rutgers student

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2012

A Jewish student at a well-regarded New Jersey college has accused his peers of harassing him for his conservative and pro-Israel views.

Aaron Marcus attends Rutgers University and for the last year has written a regular column for its independent student publication The Daily Targum, with particular focus on his religious and political affiliations.

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