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Sotheby's to sell Mahler copy

June 2, 2011

Sotheby's in london is to sell Gustav Mahler's own newly discovered revised copy of his Third Symphony. The rare score, full of Mahler's marks, is on the market for the first time, and was composed in 1902. It may fetch £150,000.

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Holocaust hero spy's plaque is stolen

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

A plaque celebrating the heroism of an MI6 agent who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust has been stolen.

During the Second World War Major Frank Foley, who died in 1958, posed as a passport control officer at the British Embassy in Berlin. He forged passports and acquired visas to help 10,000 German Jews escape the Nazis.

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Arab art gallery is planned

By Jessica Elgot, June 2, 2011

An Israeli-Arab museum director has called on British Jews to help him with a four-year £18m plan to build the first Arab museum of modern art in the Middle East.

Said Abu Shakra, a former Israeli police officer, founded the Um al-Fahm gallery in the Arab town in the north of Israel in 1996. It drew international media attention after securing an exhibition by Yoko Ono in 1999.

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Wallander writer in plea to MPs

By Jessica Elgot, June 2, 2011

Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell, author of the Wallander series of crime thrillers, has called on British politicians to join him on the next flotilla to Gaza.

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Anti-Zion Jews mark flotilla day

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

Jewish anti-Zionists joined pro-Palestinian activists at a memorial event this week, to mark the first anniversary of the Gaza flotilla incident.

Nine Turkish activists died during a confrontation with Israeli forces on May 31 last year as the flotilla, led by the Mavi Marmara ship, attempted to reach Gaza.

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Nazi tattoo - where's the arm in that?

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

A politician who claimed to be unaware of the significance of the Nazi slogan tattooed on his arm has quit.

Gerry Leitmann said he would leave the Ebenthal municipal council in southern Austria after the controversy over his body art erupted last month.

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Burn-attack Chasid gets biker backing

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

A Chasidic village in New York has been invaded by a convoy of bikers offering support for a man who suffered severe burns to more than half of his body in what police said was a religiously-motivated arson attack.

Aron Rottenberg, a Chasidic father-of-four, was attacked by a teenage follower of Rabbi David Twersky,
the grand rebbe of the Skver Chasidic sect.

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Revealed: antisemite was key to WikiLeaks operation

By Martin Bright, June 2, 2011

The notorious antisemitic journalist Israel Shamir was actively involved in developing the WikiLeaks network - and was not just another freelance writer who happened to strike up a working relationship with the website's founder Julian Assange, according to newly-revealed correspondence.

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US to stay out of 'ugly, intolerant' Durban follow-up

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

The Obama administration has given official confirmation that it will not take part in the follow-up to the controversial Durban conference, set to take place at the United Nations headquarters in September.

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Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen wins Spanish prize

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

Leonard Cohen has been awarded a prize dubbed the Spanish Nobel Prize.

The legendary singer - songwriter is this year's recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters. The prize, which will be given out at special ceremony in autumn, is worth £44,000.

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