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Honour for hero of Paris shoot-out

April 2, 2015

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has awarded a medal to the Muslim shop assistant who hid Jews from a terror attack at the kosher supermarket in Paris in January.

Malian-born Lassana Bathily was given the Medal of Valour at the centre's annual National Tribute Dinner at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles last week.

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Lena Dunham article compares Jews to dogs

By Sebastien Malo, April 2, 2015

The acclaimed creator and star of American hit television series Girls, Lena Dunham, has been accused of stirring up antisemitic stereotypes after publishing a light-hearted article last week in which she compared Jews to dogs.

In the article for the New Yorker, titled "Dog or Jewish boyfriend? A Quiz", readers are invited to spot differences between the author's dog and her Jewish partner.

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Scared parents pull kids from Malmo school

By Nathalie Rothschild, April 2, 2015

More and more parents are taking their children out of Malmo's only Jewish pre-school following the terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen.

Currently, 32 children are enrolled in the pre-school but, by the autumn, only 17 are expected to remain, which means one of two departments within the school will need to close down, it has been reported.

Jehoshua Kaufman, president of the Malmo Jewi

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On a lush plateau, jihadis swirl along Israel’s border

By Orlando Radice, April 1, 2015

Bright green fields stretch down the hill towards the Syrian border from the Quneitra Lookout Point in the Golan. The twitter of birds is interspersed with the pop of machine-gun fire.

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In Ukraine, thousands of Jews will spend Pesach as refugees - or under fire

By Josh Jackman, April 1, 2015

Pesach will have extra meaning this year for thousands of Jews forced to flee their homes by the fighting in Ukraine.

They will mark the festival as refugees, having gone through an exodus every bit as dangerous as the one undertaken by their biblical ancestors.

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Irreparable

March 26, 2015

Senior advisers to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have described the relationship between the Obama administration and the Israeli government as irreparable.

The war of words between the two leaders over the last few days has focused on Mr Netanyahu's remarks on the establishment of a Palestinian state and Israel's Arab citizens, but officials in Jerusalem say they are convinced the

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Claiming back Paris with disco

March 26, 2015

Paris's beleagured Jewish community was given an unexpected lift when Israeli singing star Gad Elbaz took to the city's streets to perform a disco version of Hava Nagila.

The rendition, which featured a klezmer band and dancers, was the singer's response to the terrorist attack on the Hyper Cacher supermarket in which four people were killed.

"We are here to strengthen the Jews of France and

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Shias called for death of Jews - then Sunnis blew them up

By Shira Rubin, March 26, 2015

In the moments leading up to the deadly bombing of a mosque in Yemen on Friday, worshippers were cursing Jews and America, according to a video posted and translated by media watchdog Memri.

"Death to America. Death to Israel. Curse upon the Jews. Victory to Islam. Allahu akbar. Death to America.

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US creates $50m fund for peace

By Ben Hartman, March 26, 2015

Two US lawmakers from both sides of the aisle presented a bill late last week to launch a $50m fund to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

The bill, called the International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Authorisation Act of 2015, was presented by Republican Jeff Fortenberry and Democrat Joe Crowley.

In a statement, Mr Crowley said: "The US has played a significant leadersh

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World closes in on nuclear deal with Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 26, 2015

Negotiators gathered on Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland, for what could be a crucial round in the talks over the future of the Iranian nuclear programme.

The largest delegations, from the United States and Iran, were headed by Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Mohammed Jawad Zarif.

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