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Israeli diplomat's car explodes in India

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2012

Israel's Foreign Ministry is investigating what happened after an Israeli diplomat's car exploded in Delhi.

A woman is understood to have been injured in the blast, in which the car went up in flames. The explosion occurred on Monday afternoon, Delhi time, near the embassy.

Yigal Palmor, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, would not confirm whether the diplomat was in the car at the time.

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Marines apologise for SS flag photo

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2012

The US Defence Secretary has issued an apology after it emerged that a group of US marines had posed with a flag that "adopted the SS insignia".

Leon Panetta's office expressed regret for the insensitivity displayed by the sniper team when it posed alongside a US flag and another bearing "a Nazi-related symbol".

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Whitney Houston mourned by Winehouse family

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2012

Amy Winehouse's father has expressed sorrow over the death of singer Whitney Houston.

The star was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel room on Saturday, after years spent battling a crack cocaine addiction.

The singer, who won six Grammy awards during her career, was 48.

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US Marines posed with 'SS insignia' flag

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2012

Members of the US Marine Corp have been criticised after a photograph surfaced of them posing with a flag that "adopted the SS insignia".

Ten Marines, who were serving in Afghanistan, were pictured next to a flag bearing "a Nazi-related symbol", as well as a US flag. The photo was said to have been taken in September 2010 but was not brought to the unit's attention until late last year.

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Court blocks cross-border Holocuast lawsuits

By Toby Axelrod, February 9, 2012

A ruling last week by the International Court of Justice in The Hague that victims of the Nazis will not have the right to sue Germany in foreign courts has dashed hopes for speedier justice for Holocaust survivors.

The judgment overturned a 2004 decision by the Italian Supreme Court, which ruled that Germany should pay reparations to an Italian former slave labourer, Luigi Ferrini.

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Hungary rounds on far right

By Orlando Radice, February 9, 2012

The Hungarian government and the country's Jewish community have condemned the shocking statements made by a Jobbik representative in an interview with JC last week.

MP Marton Gyongyosi, the ultra-nationalist party's foreign affairs spokesman, refused to acknowledge the official figures for the number of Jews murdered in the Hungarian Holocaust, saying: "It has become a fantastic business to ji

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World Forum for Jewry, but to do what?

By Heather Jacobsohn, February 9, 2012

When Alexander Levin, Ukrainian businessman and President of the Kiev Jewish community, announced the creation of the World Forum of Russian Jewry at the UN last month, nobody - including himself - appeared to know exactly what it was for.

In a vague statement, Mr Levin said: "Our goal is to bring together Russian-speaking Jews from around the world in order to save ourselves and other people f

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'Indiana Jones' rabbi admits to $400k fraud

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 9, 2012

A charity founder who claimed he travelled the world as a "Jewish Indiana Jones" to rescue Torahs admitted to fraud in a Manhattan court last week.

Rabbi Menachem Youlus, 50, co-founded the Save a Torah charity in 2004 with the aim of retrieving and restoring holy scrolls that had survived the Holocaust or had been forcibly taken from Jewish communities.

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Is the peace process over with handshake between Fatah and Hamas?

February 9, 2012

The agreement between Fatah and Hamas for a Palestinian unity government, to be headed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, almost certainly signals the end of the short-lived attempt to re-launch Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

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Peres calls for peace as Iran steps up rhetoric

By Jennifer Lipman, February 9, 2012

Shimon Peres has called for Iran and Israel not to live as enemies even as a website linked to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's regime called for "the final annihilation of Israel".

The Israeli president and Nobel laureate, at a speech marking the creation of the Knesset 63 years ago, said that the two countries "were not born enemies".

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