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Santa Monica anti-circumcision bill dropped

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2011

A leader of the anti-circumcision push in Santa Monica has dropped the campaign in the wake of allegations that another Californian campaigner is using antisemitic tactics.

Moves were underway in Santa Monica to secure a public vote in November for an initiative calling for the circumcision of males under the age of 18 to be made illegal and punishable by jail time.

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The Smurfs condemned as racist and anti-Jewish

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

They are bright blue, three apples tall and make the perfect fancy dress idea. But according to a French writer, the Smurfs are actually antisemitic and racist.

Introduced in a French comic book in 1958, the Smurfs have appeared on television and film and will be in cinemas with actors Hank Azaria and Neil Patrick Harris once again this summer.

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Sobibor museum rescued from closure

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

A Holocaust awareness group has praised the Polish government for announcing plans to save the museum at Sobibor Concentration Camp from closure.

On Wednesday the museum's administrators said they could no longer remain open to visitors because they had not received enough funding this year from the regional government.

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Foreskin man takes on Monster Mohel in comic book

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

The campaigners seeking a San Francisco-wide ban on the circumcision of males under the age of 18 have employed the services of a new superhero – Foreskin Man.

Matthew Hess, president of the Male Genital Mutilation Bill group, which wants the US government to make circumcision punishable by jail time, has written two issues of the comic book.

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After Israel controversy, Tony Kushner to accept honorary degree

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

Tony Kushner will accept an honorary degree from New York's City University (CUNY) today, a month after one of its board members attempted to block him from the award because of his stance on Israel.

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Death camp museum closed over money worries

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

The museum at the Nazi death camp where convicted war criminal John Demjanjuk was a guard during the Holocaust has been closed because of a lack of funding.

Around 20,000 people visit the site of Sobibor death camp in eastern Poland every year to pay tribute to the 250,000 Jews and non-Jews who were murdered there.

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Boycott row batters Australian Limmud

By Dan Goldberg, June 2, 2011

Limmud-Oz, the Australian arm of the global festival of Jewish learning, is at the centre of controversy after organisers banned two presenters who "publicly advocate a total boycott against Israel" and a major donor threatened to withdraw funding.

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Fashion firm offers the genocide look

By Dan Goldberg, June 2, 2011

It's not quite a John Galliano but the brand identity is not far off.

A New York-based company called "Hitler Hipster" is selling T-shirts with slogans such as "Three Reichs And You're Out", "Back To The Fuhrer" and "Eastside Westside Genocide".

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Obama honours Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

By Nissan Tzur, June 2, 2011

Us president Barack Obama took part in a wreath-laying ceremony in Warsaw Ghetto last Friday to honour the Jews who fought and died in the uprising there in 1943.

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How the Anne Frank story captured China

By Erica Lyons, June 2, 2011

The chinese have become unlikely fans of the Anne Frank story: a London theatre company is to take its production of And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank on a second tour of the country this autumn, only months after its first, sell-out run.

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