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Aaron Sorkin to write Chateau Marmont series

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011

West Wing writer Aaron Sorkin is to create a television series for the HBO network about Hollywood's infamous Chateau Marmont.

Mr Sorkin, who won an Academy Award for The Social Network, is to adapt a book on the establishment written by its former co-owner.


Schiele painting sold to fund Holocaust compensation payout

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011

An Austrian art gallery has sold a painting by Egon Schiele for a record amount in order to fund a compensation payout to the owners of another of the artist's works which was looted by the Nazis in the 1930s.

The painting Houses with colorful laundry (Suburb II), completed in 1914, fetched almost £25 million at a Sotheby's sale this week. The buyer was not named.


Hillary Clinton: Gaza flotilla is not necessary or useful

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011

Hillary Clinton has condemned the pro-Palestinian activists who plan on sailing a flotilla to Gaza as unhelpful and provocative.

The US Secretary of State said the plans, which would see a flotilla departing later this month with the intention of breaching Israel's sea blockade of Gaza, would only serve to increase tensions in the region.


'There are plenty of us Jewish Aborigines'

By Dan Goldberg, June 23, 2011

Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver is not your average Australian Jew. True, she is one of this country's 110,000 or so tribal members, but she is also a member of another tribe - an Aboriginal tribe called the Wiradjuri.

And yet, despite the seeming rarity of an Aboriginal Jew, Professor Jackson Pulver says she is not alone.


Jailed Halimi honey trapper seduced her prison wardens

By Michel Zlotowski, June 23, 2011

Iranian-born Sorour Arbabzadeh is serving a nine-year sentence for her participation in the brutal killing of Ilan Halimi in 2006 - but she is again in the headlines for having seduced two of her prison wardens.


East European Jews out and proud, says survey

By Nissan Tzur, June 23, 2011

While the vast majority of Jews in Eastern Europe are concerned about antisemitism, it plays a minor role in the formation of their identity, according to a wide-ranging survey commissioned by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).


Burn victim hands rabbi $18m lawsuit

By Ellen Tumposky, June 23, 2011

An arson attack that left a man with severe burns has brought unwelcome scrutiny to a New York enclave of a strict Chasidic sect.

New Square - about 40 miles from New York City in Rockland County - is populated by Skver Chasidim, a group that originated in the Ukranian town of Skvyra. David Twersky has been its Grand Rabbi since his father died in 1968.


World's 'No 3' Nazi dies without trial

By Nissan Tzur, June 23, 2011

Milivoj Asner, the world's third most wanted Nazi war criminal, died last week in the Austrian city of Klagenfurt, aged 98.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre rated him at 'number three' on their wanted list for overseeing the deportation of hundreds of Jews, Serbs and gypsies while serving as a police chief in Croatia during the Second World War.


Restitution body doing 'nothing' for claimants

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

A Holocaust restitution organisation has been widely criticised by survivors and experts who say it has ignored compensation claims and neglected its duties.

Backed by £300,000 of Czech Foreign Ministry funding, the European Shoah Legacy Institute (ESLI) pledges to work with governments and restitution groups to return property, art and assets stolen by the Nazis.

The ESLI was set up in Jan


So much for the dolce vita: antisemitism in Italy?

By Jessica Elgot, June 23, 2011

It could be a picture from a Nazi textbook, but this hook-nosed caricature of Israeli President Shimon Peres, with hands clasped around a Magen David and a pocketful of bleeding babies, was part of an Italian "cultural festival" last month.

The sinister funfair game, in which Turin students paid one euro to throw shoes at the gurning puppet, is one of a recent catalogue of incidents causing a c