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Forget Nazi collaborators, says minister

By Michel Zlotowski, May 19, 2011

Belgian Justice Minister Stefaan De Clerck has provoked a storm by arguing that some Belgians' collaboration with the Nazis should be forgotten.

Mr De Clerck said this week on the state-run television channel RTBF: "At a given point, one should act in an adult way and be ready to discuss the issue and even to forget it, because all this is past. This is necessary to restore a
society."

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Berlusconi: no Palestine recognition

By Ilaria Myr, May 19, 2011

Italy will only recognise a Palestinian unity government that has renounced terrorism and accepted Israel's right to exist, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said last week in a ceremony to mark Israel's Independence Day.

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Shock… and silence

By Michel Zlotowski, May 19, 2011

The head of France's Jewish community has expressed personal concern over the sex charges facing Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund and the Socialist candidate in the country's upcoming presidential elections.

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'Last Nazi' Demjanjuk guilty, but goes free

By Toby Axelrod, May 19, 2011

Relief washed over the Munich courtroom as John Demjanjuk was pronounced guilty of war crimes.

But among Jewish observers there were mixed feelings about his release from Stadelheim prison, pending appeal.

While co-plaintiffs said they respected the court's decision to temporarily free Demjanjuk, prosecutors challenged the decision - and the sentence itself.

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Barack may be barracked at AIPAC

May 19, 2011

Move Over AIPAC, an organisation founded to oppose the pro-Israel lobby group, will hold a demonstration directly outside the doors of this Sunday's AIPAC conference at which US President Barack Obama is due to speak.

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Obama not well prepared for test

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, May 19, 2011

President Barack Obama appointed former senator George Mitchell as his special envoy for Middle East peace within days of taking office, in January 2009. The appointment of a high-profile American statesman with Northern Ireland peace under his belt as the first foreign policy decision of the new president signalled Obama's intention to prioritise Middle East peace in his foreign policy agenda.

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Tension as moment of truth looms

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 19, 2011

Israel and the United States have agreed over the past two weeks to set out the principles for a peace deal and to try to prevent a unilateral recognition of an independent Palestinian state at the UN in September.

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Controversial choice: Philip Roth wins Man Booker

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

Philip Roth has been awarded the 2011 Man Booker International prize.
The biannual prize, given out this year for the fourth time, is worth £60,000.

Mr Roth was honoured over 12 other writers, including Australian-Jewish author David Malouf.

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Lars Von Trier banned from Cannes for Hitler rant

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

Lars Von Trier has been declared "persona non grata" at the Cannes Film Festival following his bizarre rant about understanding Adolf Hitler.

The controversial Danish director expressed regret if his comments had hurt anyone, and the Cannes organisers released a statement saying they would never allow the event to become the forum for such pronouncements".

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Ad campaign aims to show true face of Hamas

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

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