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No longer silent - 'The Artist' director is son of Shoah survivors

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2012

Who knew? This year's golden boy of the Oscars is the Jewish son of Holocaust survivors who hid from the Nazis in the French woodlands.

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Greek Jews pledged £630k aid

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2012

An emergency fundraising campaign has been launched to help the thousands of Greek Jews who have been badly hit by the financial crisis.

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New Euro Jewish Union struggles to be accepted

By Toby Axelrod, March 1, 2012

The fledgling European Jewish Union, already facing criticism over its establishment of a new European Jewish parliament, has been snubbed by the World Jewish Congress.

Last week, WJC president Ronald Lauder wrote to elected representatives of Jewish communities across Europe emphasising the WJC's support for its better-established affiliate group the European Jewish Congress as "the only true

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Fayyad warns of new intifada

March 1, 2012

The Palestinian Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, warned this week that "the security calm could collapse any moment".

Mr Fayyad was speaking following a round of violent confrontations between Palestinian youths and Israeli security forces over the weekend in which one Palestinian man was killed.

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'Israel has destroyed Iran's bomb'

March 1, 2012

A remarkable claim about Israel's clandestine campaign against Iran's nuclear programme, published this week by WikiLeaks, has been dismissed out of hand by Israeli officials.

In one of millions of internal emails obtained in a hack attack on US strategic intelligence company Stratfor by the Anonymous collective, a Middle East "source" claimed that Israel had wiped out Iran's nuclear infrastruc

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Baku-Jerusalem in £1bn deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 1, 2012

Azerbaijan has signed an agreement to purchase weapons systems worth £1 billion from Israel.

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Arabs help Israel fight Apartheid Week cliches

By Nathan Jeffay, March 1, 2012

If it works out, it will be a stereotype-busting moment on a par with Susan Boyle's Britain's Got Talent audition.

Israeli student Leah Tegegne will go into the lion's den next week, appearing at university campuses in South Africa as they mark Israel Apartheid Week.

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Israel and US set for crisis talks on Iran

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 1, 2012

All three of Israel's most senior leaders are visiting the United States in attempt to reach an understanding with the Obama administration over a possible strike on Iran's nuclear programme.

Defence Minister Ehud Barak conferred this week with the heads of the Pentagon while President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will both meet President Barack Obama.

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Portuguese war hero who suffered 'religious segregation' has reputation restored

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2012

A Portuguese military captain, who was publicly humiliated by the Fascist Salazar government after working to restore Jewish life in the 1920s and 30s, is to have his name cleared 50 years after his death.

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Natalie Portman is now wearing a wedding ring

By Jennifer Lipman, February 29, 2012

Natalie Portman is now a married woman, according to a jeweller who designed rings for the star and her partner.

The Jerusalem-born actress sparked rumours after walking the red carpet at Sunday's Academy Awards with a ring on her finger.

The 30-year-old, who won the Best Actress Oscar a year ago for her role in Black Swan, has not confirmed the speculation.

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