World news

Russian row over nature of hate text

By Nissan Tzur, May 26, 2011

An angry debate has erupted in Russia over the antisemitic text The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

The Public Chamber of Russia, which oversees the activities of parliament, is pushing to have the 19th century forgery banned, while another state body, the Prosecutor General, recently argued that it is "politically and historically educational".

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Rabbis finally break silence on sex abuse

By Yoav Sivan, May 26, 2011

The portraits of the founders of psychoanalysis looked on with approval as rabbis joined mental health experts to discuss the problem of sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community.

The groundbreaking event took place at the William Alanson White Institute, a top psychoanalytic training and treatment centre, on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

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Charedim accused of Shabbat hypocrisy

By Nathan Jeffay, May 26, 2011

It made the street parties for the royal wedding seem minuscule. On Saturday night, 500,000 Israelis flocked to the Galilee village of Meron, where they sang, danced and feasted, in honour of the festival of Lag B'Omer.

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Spy, arms trader or military envoy: will the real Colonel now stand up?

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2011

An arms deal gone bad? A bungled attempt to obtain intelligence? Or internal rivalries within the Russian security establishment?

Whatever the case, the arrest of Colonel Vadim Leiderman, Israel's military attache to Russia, in Moscow two and a half weeks ago was a rare occurrence in the normally stable relationship between the two countries.

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Estonia 'failing to investigate Nazis'

By Nissan Tzur, May 26, 2011

The Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip this week rejected a charge by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre that his country has failed to investigate and prosecute Nazi war criminals.

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Missouri horror tornado leaves shul intact

May 26, 2011

The Jewish community of Joplin, Missouri, is struggling to come to terms with the effects of the huge tornado which hit the town this week, killing 125 people and turning houses into rubble.

Although not one member of the 50 Jewish families that live in the town were killed, many lost their homes.

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Is Obama to blame for the lack of progress? NO

By Uri Dromi, May 26, 2011

Now that the parade of speeches by President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu is over, the question is: after listening to all this rhetoric, are we Israelis better off?

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Is Obama to blame for the lack of progress? YES

By Robin Shepherd, May 26, 2011

One of the great problems of being a European-style leader in an American setting, is that you do actually live and work in America. In essence, that is the nature of the paradox faced by Barack Obama. Most of his instincts, especially on foreign policy, are European. Most of the political realities he has to deal with are American.

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'AIPAC created a logistical masterpiece'

By Jonathan Arkush, May 26, 2011

One runs out of superlatives when describing this event. Huge screens beamed down shots of all-American couples explaining why Israel was important to them. The hall was easily large enough to take the 550ft Washington monument lying on its side.

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Grand words, but peace no closer

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2011

Israel's prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave the most concessionary speech ever heard from a leader of Likud to the joint houses of the United States Congress on Tuesday in Washington.

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