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Marilyn Monroe photographer Eve Arnold dies at 99

By Jennifer Lipman, January 5, 2012

Photojournalist Eve Arnold has died at the age of 99.

The photographer, who counted among her subjects Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, was the daughter of a rabbi who immigrated to the US from Odessa.

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Fox apologises for 'did Jews kill Jesus' survey

By Jennifer Lipman, January 5, 2012

A television network has issued an apology after it asked viewers whether they thought the Jews were to blame for the death of Jesus.

Fox Latin America ran a poll on its Facebook page asking people to choose between Pontius Pilate, the High Priests and the Jewish People.

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Lithuanian tabloid runs hate splash

By Karen Glaser, January 5, 2012

The Lithuanian government declared 2011 the Year of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust in Lithuania.

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Jewish newspaper launched in Germany

By Toby Axelrod, January 5, 2012

A Jewish quarterly aiming to "connect Jews with gentiles, Germany with the world" was launched in Germany this week.

Its publisher just wants the world to know that Hitler did not succeed. "A lot of people think that… Germany is 'Judenfrei' - free of Jews - and it is not true," said German Jewish author Rafael Seligmann, 64. "It is not only a culture of victims. We have a vivid community.

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Now Hamas leaders 'seek legitimacy'

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 5, 2012

Senior Israeli analysts are convinced that some Hamas leaders genuinely want the terror group to become a legitimate political force.

Hamas has been under pressure in recent weeks from Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to renounce violence, and there are clear signs that a new direction is being considered.

One Israeli expert on Hamas said this week: "There is a true change of direc

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Is Hamas really divorcing Syria?

January 5, 2012

They are said to be in the process of a political break-up. So why are Hamas and the Syrian regime reportedly planning to meet in the coming days?

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Lego concentration camp sold to Polish museum

By Jennifer Lipman, January 5, 2012

A Polish museum has purchased a controversial replica of a concentration camp – made of Lego.

Zbigniew Libera enraged the toy company in 1996 when he built a miniature version of a Nazi death camp using Lego’s signature colourful bricks. The set featured Lego crematoria and barracks, barbed-wire fences and miniature guards and skeletons, all marked with the company’s name.

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Sorkin hopes to bring Houdini's magic to Broadway musical

By Jennifer Lipman, January 4, 2012

The creator of the West Wing is to turn his attention to the world of musical theatre.

Jewish screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is planning to make a musical about the Jewish magician Harry Houdini.

The show is set to star Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman and reach Broadway by next year.

According to the industry website Deadline, it will be "the librettist debut of Aaron Sorkin".

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Israel offer aid as tourist questioned over Chile forest fire

By Jennifer Lipman, January 3, 2012

The Israeli foreign ministry has offered condolences to Chile after part of a national park was damaged in a forest fire.

The damage to the Torres de Paine National Park, in southern Chile, has been severe and the park remained closed to visitors on Tuesday.

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Republican leader on why Jews back Democrats

By Jennifer Lipman, January 3, 2012

As Republican voters in Iowa take the first steps towards choosing the party's next presidential candidate, the only Jewish Republican in Congress has expressed dismay at the Jewish community's voting habits.

Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor, the most senior Jewish politician in US history, told CBS that the Jewish tendency to support the Democratic Party was the bane of his existence.

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