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Israel warned against military attack on Iran.

By Jennifer Lipman, February 20, 2012

Israel was urged to give sanctions "a real chance" as Iran announced it was cutting oil sales to Britain and France.

Foreign Secretary William Hague called on Israel to look again at the approach "of very serious economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure, and the readiness to negotiate with Iran.

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Apple asked to remove app offering 'Medieval' anti-Jewish stereotypes

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2012

Stumped for an unflattering word that also means "Jew"? Spanish-speaking iPhone users have found a solution.

A Spanish-language thesaurus application called "iSinónimos" is available in the iTunes store for free. But the app, sold by developer Alberto Garcia Hierro, brings up some surprising results.

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'Unrepentant bigot' Buchanan sacked from news network MSNBC

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2012

One of the most controversial political commentators in the US has been sacked from his role on a major US news network.

Pat Buchanan had already been suspended by MSNBC, but this week the network said it was parting ways with the social conservative pundit.

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Jeff Goldblum joins Glee cast as Rachel's dad

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2012

Jewish actor Jeff Goldblum has joined the cast of Glee.

The actor, whose hits include Jurassic Park and Independence Day, will play one of the fathers of actress Lea Michele.

Ms Michele's character Rachel Berry has been described as Jewish on a number of occasions on the show, including in an episode where she dated her fellow Jewish Glee club member, Noah "Puck" Puckerman.

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Thai police blame Iran as Israel calls for UN condemnation

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2012

Thai police have confirmed that the explosives that injured an Iranian man earlier this week were meant for Israeli diplomats.

Israel has already made public its belief that Iran was behind the botched attack in Bangkok, another failed one in Georgia and a blast in Delhi on Monday.

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Someone called Oprah Winfrey came to dinner

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 16, 2012

The Ginsbergs and their nine children live in Borough Park, a Charedi neighbourhood in Brooklyn, New York. Until recently they had never heard of Oprah Winfrey. They apparently have no idea who the many celebrities who have been on her show are and they have never taken advice from Dr Phil.

But then the US talkshow queen came over for dinner, production crew in tow.

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Orthodox magazine in porn shock

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 16, 2012

An orthodox Jewish magazine has been pulled from newsstands across Brooklyn because it contained pornographic material.

A recent issue of the glossy magazine Haolam Hacharedi featured images of work by the artist Olek, who covers sculptures and even whole apartments in yarn.

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Hamas twists and turns over unity

February 16, 2012

Hamas appears to be split over the unity deal it signed with Fatah and the movement's relationship with Iran.

According to the deal signed two weeks ago in Qatar by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the head of Hamas's political bureau Khaled Mashal, the two movements will form a joint government of technocrats with Mr Abbas as prime minister.

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Abbas may return to UN

February 16, 2012

The Palestinian Authority is threatening to resume its attempt to gain recognition of a Palestinian state at the UN if Israel does not agree to freeze all settlement activity.

The ultimatum was delivered by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at a meeting of the Arab League on Sunday and in a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Montefiore bigoraphy wins prestigious prize

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2012

An Oxford University academic has won £16,000 for her biography of Jewish philanthropist Sir Moses Montefiore.

Abigail Green's book on the "Jewish Liberator, Imperial Hero" was named as the runner-up in the annual Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

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