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Spielberg takes on Moses

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2011

Schindler’s List director Steven Spielberg is to make a film about the life of Moses, 53 years after Charlton Heston’s Ten Commandments.

The Jewish director is currently in talks to film “Gods And Kings”, a screenplay by Michael Green and Stuart Hazeldine, which covers the whole of Moses’ life from a baby in the bulrushes, to the burning bush and the emancipation from Egypt.

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Berlin: antisemitism 'mainstream'

By Toby Axelrod, November 17, 2011

Germany urgently needs to focus on fighting antisemitism in "dominant" sections of society, according to a government report.

The report, delivered to the Bundestag last week, showed that while far-right, far-left and Islamist extremists are responsible for the majority of Jew-hatred, there is a deeper layer of antisemitism simmering in the country at large.

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Palestinians poised to seal the Fatah-Hamas unity deal

November 17, 2011

The Palestinian unity deal may finally be signed next Wednesday when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashal are expected to meet in Cairo.

Hamas and Fatah officials confirmed this week that an agreement had been reached on holding elections for the Palestinian National Council in both the West Bank and Gaza next May.

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Israeli parking scammer took £96k

November 17, 2011

An Israeli man was jailed for up to four years this week for scamming around $AU150,000 (£96,000) from parking metres in Melbourne.

Josef Andelman, 48, who worked as a security officer employed to collect coins from parking metres, had pleaded not guilty to 85 charges of theft earlier this month.

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Iran Attack: The board game

By Nathalie Rothschild, November 17, 2011

Can't wait for Israelis to make their mind up about how to deal with Iran? Now you can take command of the Israeli Air Force and plan the obliteration of its nuclear facilities - all from the comfort of your own home.

Persian Incursion, a strategic war game, lets players explore the political and military ramifications of an Israeli military campaign against Iran.

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Holocaust survivors could sue insurers for £12bn

By Jessica Elgot, November 16, 2011

US Holocaust survivors could sue European insurance companies for around £12bn in illegally confiscated life insurance in Nazi Europe.

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Pressure mounts on Syria's Assad after air base attack

By Anshel Pfeffer and Jessica Elgot, November 16, 2011

Dozens more people have died in continuing unrest in Syria, after the country was suspended by the Arab League last week.

In their most high - profile attack so far, Syrian rebels have attacked a major military base near Damascus. Reports say that the Air Force Intelligence building in Harasta, north of the capital, has been partially destroyed by the Free Syrian Army.

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Fears over 'antisemitism' in new Greek coalition government

By Jessica Elgot, November 14, 2011

Jewish organisations have expressed concern over the presence of an extreme right-wing party in Greece's new provisional government.

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Global Shoah project giving families closure

By Nathalie Rothschild, November 10, 2011

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has joined forces with genealogy website Ancestry.com to launch the World Memory Project.

A searchable database with records of over 30,000 victims of Nazi persecution is now available online, and the public has been invited to help expand the vast collection of information.

"We're in a race against time," said project manager Lisa Yavnai.

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Swede TV host: 'Israel guilty of Holocaust'

By Nathalie Rothschild, November 10, 2011

The Swedish public television broadcaster SVT has stoked controversy by hiring a blogger with a history of making extreme anti-Israeli remarks.

Gina Dirawi, a 20-year-old of Palestinian descent, has landed the biggest gig on Swedish television: hosting the music talent show Melodifestivalen.

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