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Isn't this antisemitism old news, Poland?

By Nissan Tzur, April 14, 2011

If its media is anything to go by, antisemitism is raising its head once again in Poland.

The recent decision by the Polish government to withdraw a restitution law that would have compensated Jews who lost property during the Holocaust has sparked an anti-Jewish campaign reminiscent of the darkest days of the Second World War.

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Lithuania Holocaust memorial vandalised

By Orlando Radice, April 14, 2011

The attack on the Ninth Fort memorial in Lithuania this week, the site of one of the Holocaust's biggest single massacres, has been condemned by the Lithuanian government.

At the site near the city of Kaunas, where almost 5,000 Jews were brought by train and executed in 1941, vandals drew swastikas on memorial plates and stole a granite marker bearing the Star of David.

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Terrorists targeting Pesach tourists

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2011

The coming Pesach holiday has been identified by Israel's intelligence experts as a particularly sensitive period for terror attacks on Jewish targets around the world.

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A plague on both your iPhones for Passover

By Jennifer Lipman, April 14, 2011

An American iPhone application developer has found a way to bring the ten plagues into the 21st century.

Jeff Eagle's "Plague Audio" app features the passage read about the plagues during the Seder, along with sound effects to bring each one to life – from the croak of a frog to the sound of a hailstone crashing to the ground.

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Four cups of gin for Passover?

By Jennifer Lipman, April 13, 2011

Kosher for Passover gin is being widely sold for what is thought to be the first time.

Joining a long list of surprising food and drink items that can now be consumed chametz-free – from pasta to cereal and even bread – the gin was developed by a San Francisco manufacturer and sold on a limited basis last year.

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Newsweek's Sidney Harman dies at 92

By Jennifer Lipman, April 13, 2011

Sidney Harman, the Jewish businessman who bought Newsweek for a dollar last year, has died at the age of 92.

Mr Harman, the Deputy Secretary of Commerce under Jimmy Carter, was diagnosed with leukemia last month.

He died in Washington following complications from his illness. His wife, former Californian Congresswoman Jane Harman, was with him at the time.

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Larry King's smoked salmon bagel shop

By Jennifer Lipman, April 13, 2011

The Jewish television presenter Larry King has gone back to his cultural roots.

The 77-year-old, who gave up his nightly CNN spot after a quarter of a century last year, is now a shareholder in the Beverley Hills franchise of an American bagel business.

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Israel sends help to Belarus train blast victims

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2011

Israel has sent a medical team to Belarus following a bomb blast in the country’s capital which left at least 12 people dead.

More than 200 people were wounded, many of them critically, following the explosion of a radio-controlled device in an underground train carriage on Monday evening.

Officials in the former Soviet republic have described what happened as a terrorist attack.

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Pregnant Natalie Portman's Jewish superstitions

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2011

The Academy Award winning actress Natalie Portman has revealed that she will not find out the sex of her baby before she gives birth later this year, because of Jewish superstition.

Ms Portman, 29, who is expecting her first child with her Black Swan choreographer boyfriend Benjamin Millepied, told US Weekly magazine that she did not want to know before the due date.

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Facebook founder wins Winklevoss case

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2011

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg walked out of a San Francisco courtroom victorious on Monday after winning his latest legal battle with the Olympic rowers, identical twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss.

The twins, who studied at Harvard at the same time as Mr Zuckerberg, were denied the right to challenge an earlier settlement over Facebook's origins.

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