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German youths unaware of Auschwitz

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2012

Sixty-seven years after the liberation of Auschwitz, one in five young Germans remain clueless about where the concentration camp was located.

Ten per cent of those surveyed for Germany's Stern news magazine were unaware that Auschwitz, where 1.1 million Jews and non-Jews perished, was a concentration camp.

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Arrest in New Jersey shul firebombing attacks

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2012

A teenager has appeared in court in connection with attacks on synagogues in New Jersey.

Anthony Graziano pleaded not guilty at an initial hearing on Wednesday, after being charged with firebombing two synagogues.

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European Jewish Congress head honoured by Sarkozy

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2012

The head of the umbrella body for European Jews has been awarded one of France's most prestigious honours.

Dr Moshe Kantor, president of the European Jewish Congress, was given the Chevalier Dans L'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur – the highest level of the order – at a ceremony on Tuesday.

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Obama: 'No options off the table' on Iran

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2012

President Obama has reaffirmed his commitment to Israel and sent a warning signal to Iran in the final State of the Union address of his first term in office.

The president told America that the country's "ironclad commitment to Israel's security has meant the closest military co-operation" in history and vowed that he would consider every option to reign in Iran.

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Oscar nominations for Spielberg, Sorkin and Allen

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2012

Three Jewish Hollywood heavyweights will go head to head at this year's Academy Awards.

Following in the footsteps of the Golden Globes, Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg and Aaron Sorkin could all see their films triumph in the Best Picture category.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, a film based on a novel by Jewish author Jonathan Safran Foer, was also nominated in the category.

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Atlanta paper owner quits after assassination column

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2012

The owner of a Georgia Jewish newspaper has stepped down after public condemnation of a recent column.

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Ben Stiller to star in HBO Jewish family series

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2012

The life of a Jewish family in Washington DC is to be dramatised by the television network behind The Sopranos and Sex and the City.

HBO has ordered a pilot episode of a series, starring Ben Stiller and written by novelist Jonathan Safran Foer. A film adaptation of Mr Safran Foer's post-9/11 novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Clos will be in cinemas later this year.

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Report finds 1 in 5 Germans antisemitic

By Jennifer Lipman, January 23, 2012

A report into antisemitism in Germany has found that the country has a problem with entrenched hostility towards Jews.

According to the survey, which was commissioned in 2009 by the German parliament to look into antisemitism, some 20 per cent of citizens display anti-Jewish attitudes.

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Iran oil embargo 'step in right direction', says Netanyahu

By Jennifer Lipman, January 23, 2012

Israel and Britain have hailed the European Union for moving in the right direction after a new sanction on Iran was agreed.

The EU agreed on Monday morning to impose an oil embargo on Iran – one part of its wider challenge to Iran's nuclear programme.

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Giffords steps down a year after Arizona shooting

By Jennifer Lipman, January 23, 2012

The Jewish congresswoman who was severely injured by a gunman in Tucson a year ago has announced that she will be leaving public life for the foreseeable future.

Gabrielle Giffords, who has held her Arizona seat since 2007, was shot in the head at close range at a political event last January. Six people lost their lives during the attack, with a further 13 left seriously injured.

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