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Sorkin hopes to bring Houdini's magic to Broadway musical

By Jennifer Lipman, January 4, 2012

The creator of the West Wing is to turn his attention to the world of musical theatre.

Jewish screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is planning to make a musical about the Jewish magician Harry Houdini.

The show is set to star Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman and reach Broadway by next year.

According to the industry website Deadline, it will be "the librettist debut of Aaron Sorkin".

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Israel offer aid as tourist questioned over Chile forest fire

By Jennifer Lipman, January 3, 2012

The Israeli foreign ministry has offered condolences to Chile after part of a national park was damaged in a forest fire.

The damage to the Torres de Paine National Park, in southern Chile, has been severe and the park remained closed to visitors on Tuesday.

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Republican leader on why Jews back Democrats

By Jennifer Lipman, January 3, 2012

As Republican voters in Iowa take the first steps towards choosing the party's next presidential candidate, the only Jewish Republican in Congress has expressed dismay at the Jewish community's voting habits.

Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor, the most senior Jewish politician in US history, told CBS that the Jewish tendency to support the Democratic Party was the bane of his existence.

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Call for Twitter to crack down on terrorist tweeters

By Jennifer Lipman, January 3, 2012

A Jerusalem-based lawyer has claimed that Twitter is providing services to foreign terrorist organizations such as "Hizbollah and other foreign terrorist organisations".

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, who specialises in cases against terror groups, criticised the social networking site for allowing such organisations to use the site and said that the company could be violating US law.

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Fox Latin America asks whether Jews killed Jesus

By Jennifer Lipman, December 30, 2011

A television network has issued an apology after it asked viewers whether they thought the Jews were to blame for the death of Jesus.

Fox Latin America ran a poll on its Facebook page asking people to choose between Pontius Pilate, the High Priests and the Jewish People.

The poll was placed to promote a National Geographic Christmas special.

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Israel cancels military contract with Turkey

By Jennifer Lipman, December 29, 2011

The increasingly fragile relationship between Israel and Turkey showed no sign of improvement this week after the Israeli government cancelled a military contract worth more than £90 million.

The government had been due to supply Turkey with an aerial intelligence system in a deal agreed two years ago.

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Funds cut after hate article

By Jennifer Lipman, December 29, 2011

UNESCO has cut funding to a Palestinian children's magazine that featured an article glorifying Adolf Hitler.

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre had sent a letter of complaint to the UN's cultural arm about its sponsorship of the "antisemitic" Zayzafuna.

In February, it included a piece praising jihad.

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TV in Tel Aviv spells success in America

By Tom Tugend, December 29, 2011

Americans who want to sample Israel's popular culture don't have to travel to Tel Aviv - they merely have to turn on their home television sets.

A growing number of American TV producers, impressed by the creativity and energy of their Israeli counterparts, are adapting that country's hit shows to US tastes.

In a report by entertainment trade paper Variety, Showtime president David Nevins cr

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Antisemitic poster features on Polish tourism leaflet

By Karen Glaser, December 29, 2011

Civic leaders in Warsaw have come up with a novel way of promoting their town to tourists – with an image of kippot-wearing rats fleeing a flame thrower.

They reproduced an antisemitic pre second world war poster to use as one of the images to illustrate their 2012 calendar.

The glossy publication, produced in conjunction with leading Polish artists and arts organisations, contains a forwa

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Ron Paul's anti-Israel views revealed by ex-aide

By Jennifer Lipman, December 28, 2011

Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul has been facing criticism after a former staffer revealed the depth of his anti-Israel attitudes.

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