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Eichmann trial marked in Israel, Germany fifty years on

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2011

The 50th anniversary of the trial of one of the Nazi regime's most notorious figures is being marked with ceremonies around the world.

The eight-month-long trial of Adolf Eichmann, mastermind of the Nazis' Final Solution to eliminate the Jewish population, opened on April 11 1961. The trial was conducted with Eichmann sitting behind bullet-proof glass and in the glare of the worldwide media.

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High-steaks drama at New York kosher restaurant

By Jennifer Lipman, April 8, 2011

A fashionable kosher steak restaurant in Manhattan has found itself at the centre of a broiges after residents complained diners were disturbing the peace.

The Upper West Side Prime KO eatery has hosted guests from Lindsay Lohan to Sopranos star Jamie Lynn Sigler — and even Israel’s chief rabbi, Yona Metzger.

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Steve Jobs wants your chametz gone

By Jennifer Lipman, April 8, 2011

Pesach preparations would be far easier if we could clean the house at the touch of a button.

An American company has not quite managed this feat, but it has developed an iPhone application to help search for those last scraps of bread.

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Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook tribute to father

By Libby Galvin, April 7, 2011

Oscar winner and Glee guest star Gwyneth Paltrow has released her first cookbook.

The book is a collection of the recipes of her late father, Jewish film producer Bruce Paltrow.

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Praise as Rupert Murdoch rids Fox of Glenn Beck's 'hate speech'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 7, 2011

A Jewish group has applauded media mogul Rupert Murdoch for removing the "destructive" presenter Glenn Beck from a daily Fox News slot.

It was announced on Wednesday that the right wing pundit would shortly "transition off his daily programme". Mr Beck is to remain involved in other "television projects for air on the Fox News Channel".

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US lawyers to sue Goldstone over Gaza report reversal

By Jennifer Lipman, April 7, 2011

A group of US lawyers has announced plans to sue Judge Richard Goldstone following his acknowledgment that Israel had not intentionally targeted civilians during Operation Cast Lead, nearly two years after he reported to the contrary.

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B'nai B'rith president in fraud arrest

By Ellen Tumposky, April 7, 2011

The international president of B'nai B'rith has resigned after he was arrested and charged last week in the US with tax fraud.

Dennis Glick, an accountant from Pennsylvania who was elected to a three-year term as president of the organisation in December 2009, was indicted on March 15 with aiding and assisting in the preparation of false federal income-tax returns.

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Anger over Marine Le Pen radio interview

By Michel Zlotowski, April 7, 2011

The leader of the Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF), Richard Prasquier, has hit out at an Israeli radio station for broadcasting an interview with the National Front's new president, Marine Le Pen, last week.

Only two weeks ago, Jewish radio station Radio J cancelled an interview with Ms Le Pen after coming under heavy criticism from France's communal leadership.

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Mega-donors plan a Jewish Al-Jazeera

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2011

A group of Jewish philanthropists is planning to create an international television news channel to counter the influence of outlets like Al-Jazeera.

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Germany ups cash for Holocaust survivors

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2011

The German government has pledged significant increases in contributions towards the care of Holocaust survivors following negotiations with the Claims Conference.

Julius Berman, chairman of the New York-based restitution body, said that the agreement was "vital" to addressing the growing welfare needs of ageing survivors.

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