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'Dictator' Sacha Baron Cohen brings Kim Jong Il's ashes to the Oscars

By Jennifer Lipman, February 27, 2012

Sacha Baron Cohen was forcibly removed from the red carpet before the Academy Awards ceremony last night, after arriving dressed as a Middle Eastern dictator an performing a stunt involving Kim Jong Il's ashes.


Sacha Baron Cohen: Oscars ban is work of 'Zionists'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 24, 2012

Sacha Baron Cohen has blamed "Zionists" for a possible ban on his presence at the Academy Awards.

The actor and comedian has been warned not to attend the ceremony if he continues with his plan to come dressed as the Middle Eastern ruler from his new film, The Dictator.


Mormons targeted in spoof 'convert to gay' site

By Jennifer Lipman, February 24, 2012

Gay rights activists have decided to fight fire with fire when it comes to the Mormon practice of posthumous baptism.

The spoof website, "All Dead Mormons Are Now Gay", has been launched in response to revelations that, despite numerous promises to the contrary, members of the Mormon Church have continued baptising Holocaust victims.


UN issues statement on Delhi Israeli embassy attack

By Jennifer Lipman, February 24, 2012

Ten days after Israeli diplomats were targeted in India the United Nations has issued a condemnation.

Tal Yehoshua-Koren, the wife of an Israeli diplomat, was injured when an explosive device was attached to an embassy car.


Greek Jews suffer in financial crisis

By Alexandra Kassimi, February 23, 2012

Being a Jew in Greece already has its difficulties.

One faces prejudice on a regular basis, and any reference to the Jewish community as a whole usually involves conspiracy theories about how Jews are responsible for every evil or great event happening in the world.


Stefan Zweig's suicide note posted online

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2012

The suicide note of an influential Jewish writer has been published online in Israel 70 years after his death.

Stefan Zweig, author of dozens of books, plays and short stories including The Post Office Girl and Beware of Pity, was a well-known literary figure in his day.


Deep in Colorado, a lost valley of Jews

By Melissa Jacobs, February 23, 2012

A remote valley in southern Colorado may not be the first place one would go in search of a lost Jewish community.


Rabbi wins 'heterosexual of the year'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2012

A rabbi is celebrating his status as the recipient of not one but two awards from gay rights groups.

Rabbi David Lazar was named as "Heterosexual of the year" by a gay magazine in Sweden.

The rabbi, who has served as the minister at Stockholm's Great Synagogue since 2010, won the Yakir Hakehila award - handed out by a Tel Aviv gay group - while working in Israel.

The father of five, 54, i


Fury over Polish law on property

By Nissan Tzur, February 23, 2012

The Polish government is planning a major change in the law on the restitution of confiscated communal property.

Currently, claims for the restitution of Jewish and non-Catholic property that was confiscated by the Nazis and the Communist regimes are dealt with by appointed government and public committees.


'Santorum won't get kosher vote'

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 23, 2012

Rick Santorum is surging in the ever-more dramatic Republican race for the presidential nomination. But will he be able to overcome his "Jewish problem"?

Mr Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, is widely regarded as the most right-wing of the four remaining GOP candidates, and the most socially conservative.