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Envoy blames Muslim antisemitism on Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, December 5, 2011

The US ambassador to Belgium has had his remarks condemned by the Obama administration after he suggested that Muslim antisemitism occurred because of Israel's actions.

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Kindertransport memorial unveiled

By Jonathan Wittenberg, December 2, 2011

On Wednesday in Hoek van Holland, in sight of the gangway where over 70 years ago they embarked for England and freedom, gathered tens of Kinder from all over the world.

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Social Network star Eisenberg sues film company

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2011

The Academy Award-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg is suing a film company for false advertising about his involvement.

Mr Eisenberg can be seen for less than five minutes on screen in the horror film Camp Hell. He filmed his scenes in just one day and claims he was not paid well for the work.

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Press TV fined by Ofcom for interview with prisoner

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2011

The broadcasting standards watchdog has fined the Tehran-backed channel, Press TV, £100,000 for multiple breaches of its code.

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Sarkozy 'explains' Bibi insult

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2011

The French president has attempted to smooth the waters after his comments criticising Israel's Prime Minister were overheard by reporters.

Earlier this month, Nicolas Sarkozy and US President Barack Obama were left red-faced when it emerged that the former had complained that Benjamin Netanyahu was a liar.

During the private conversation at a G20 summit in Cannes, Mr Sarkozy said he could n

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Jew loses out to Islamists in Morocco poll

By Andrew Rosemarine, December 1, 2011

Magui Kakon, probably the only Jewish woman to have ever contested a parliamentary election in an Arab country, stood for Morocco's Party of the Social Centre this week.

Despite failing to win a parliamentary seat, Ms Kakon won 80,000 votes, up by 50,000 on her 2007 election campaign, and she remains upbeat.

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As Egypt votes, ties with Israel falter

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 1, 2011

Enthusiasm and optimism were in good supply in Cairo on Monday as people flocked to what one voter in al-Maadi neighbourhood described as "my first chance to really determine my future myself".

"In the past, the polling stations were empty on election day, as we knew that whatever we voted, the results would be the same," said the voter.

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Streisand to sing for Israeli soldiers

By Jennifer Lipman, November 30, 2011

Barbra Streisand is to entertain Israeli soldiers for an evening next week.

The globally celebrated star will perform at a gala dinner organised by friends of the IDF in Los Angeles on December 8.

Among the more than 1,000 guests will be the former IDF chief of staff, Gabi Ashkenazi, and Seinfeld actor Jason Alexander.

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Hamas claim Abbas doesn't want unity deal

By Jennifer Lipman, November 30, 2011

The prospect of a unity deal between Hamas and Fatah have been further undermined after a high-level Hamas official accused President Mahmoud Abbas of being disinterested in striking one.

Mahmoud Zahar, a leading spokesman for Hamas, said the Palestinian leader was "not interested in achieving" a deal.

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Hope and fear as Egypt holds elections

By Anshel Pfeffer in Cairo, November 29, 2011

Enthusiasm and optimism was high on Monday as voters flocked to what one voter in al-Maadi neighborhood describe as "my first chance to really determine my future myself, in the past the voting stations were empty on elections day, as we knew that whatever we voted, the results would be the same."

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