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Julia Stiles to lead US remake of Israeli drama

By Jennifer Lipman, March 6, 2012

Hollywood actress Julia Stiles has been cast as the lead in an adaptation of an Israeli series about a mystery at a secretive commune.

Timrot Ashan is the latest in a growing list of Israeli programmes to be given a US makeover, following in the footsteps of Homeland – based on the series Hatufim – and In Treatment (formerly BeTipul).

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South Korean Jews celebrate new Torah scroll

By Jennifer Lipman, March 6, 2012

South Korea's tiny Jewish community has been given its first Torah scroll.

The scroll was welcomed at an event on Sunday in Seoul, attended by the Israeli a mbassador, Tuvia Israeli, and Rabbi Osher Litzman, head of the community.

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Iran and Pollard on agenda for White House meeting

By Jennifer Lipman, March 5, 2012

Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to use part of his meeting with Barack Obama today to make a plea on behalf of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard.

According to Arutz Sheva, the Israeli prime minister plans to bring up the continued captivity of Pollard, who has been imprisoned in the US since 1987.

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Obama addresses the Aipac conference: full speech

March 5, 2012

Thank you. Well, good morning, everyone.

Rosy, thank you for your kind words. I have never seen Rosy on the basketball court. I'll bet it would be a treat. Rosy, you've been a dear friend of mine for a long time and a tireless advocate for the unbreakable bonds between Israel and the United States. And as you complete your term as president, I salute your leadership and your commitment.

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Obama's Aipac promises on Iran threat welcomed by Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, March 5, 2012

President Barack Obama has vowed that all options will remain on the table when it comes to US action against a nuclear Iran.

The US leader, speaking at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) conference in Washington DC, said he would be willing to consider "all elements of American power" to counter the Iranian threat.

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Amos Oz in running for literary award

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2012

A book by a prolific Israeli writer has been shortlisted for an award honouring translations of books.

Amos Oz, one of the most influential writers and intellectuals in Israeli history, is the author of dozens of books, short stories and essays.

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Itay Shechter faces antisemitic jeers at German club

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2012

An Israeli footballer was the victim of antisemitic abuse after fans aimed a Nazi salute at him during a training session.

Itay Shechter, who plays for German side Kaiserslautern, was targeted by up to ten people chanting antisemitic jeers. They also made the Nazi salute, an illegal act under German law.

Mr Shechter, 24, moved to the club from Hapoel Tel Aviv last summer.

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Victory for Jewish basketball team over Shabbat game

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2012

A Jewish basketball team will be playing for a place in a tournament final after organisers relented and changed the date of the semi-final game so it does not fall on Shabbat.

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National Front thugs mount anti-Jewish attack in Paris

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2012

A well-known French journalist has accused the right wing National Front party of allowing racist speech to be used "freely" after she and her partner were targeted by anti-Jewish thugs.

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Shul security fears as US slashes spending

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 1, 2012

Jewish institutions will undergo a cut in funding for security measures after the US Department of Homeland Security slashed a counter-terror grant programme by nearly 50 per cent.

The department's budget for the Nonprofit Security Grant Programme (NSGP) has been reduced from $19 million last year to $10 million this year.

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