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'A true giant of American foreign policy'

By Jennifer Lipman, December 16, 2010

The US diplomat credited with bringing peace to the Balkans has died at the age of 69.

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, whose parents were Jewish immigrants to the US from eastern Europe, was serving as the Obama administration's envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He was admitted to hospital with a torn aorta last week, but died on Monday after unsuccessful surgery.

Anti-Defamation League director Abraham Foxman said Mr Holbrooke was "proud of his Jewish identity and a good friend of the state of Israel. His death is a loss to the world, to America, and to the Jewish people".

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Winona Ryder reveals Mel Gibson's antisemitic Jewish joke

By Jennifer Lipman, December 16, 2010

Jewish actress Winona Ryder has revealed that Mel Gibson once told her an antisemitic joke about the Holocaust.

However the star said no one believed her when she suggested Mr Gibson was prejudiced against Jews.

After the actor was arrested for drunk driving in 2006 Mr Gibson reportedly said: "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world".

He was caught on tape allegedly telling the Jewish police officer who arrested him: “F***king Jews… Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”

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Libel charges dropped against Nazi-hunter Efraim Zuroff

By Jennifer Lipman, December 16, 2010

Libel charges against Nazi-hunter Efraim Zuroff were thrown out of a Hungarian court today after the plaintiff, a man suspected of Holocaust-era war crimes by Mr Zuroff, did not show up in court.

Judge Viktor Vadász had previously warned Sandor Kepiro, 96, that the case would not proceed without his presence in the Budapest court.

The judge is believed to have told Mr Kepiro’s lawyer that if his client was healthy enough to attend the first court date in October, he would be expected at the second.

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Antisemitic 'Holocaust denier' in charge of WikiLeaks Russian distribution

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2010

An antisemitic writer who has been described by anti-Fascist campaigners as a Holocaust denier is believed to be working as a Russian distributor for WikiLeaks.

Israel Shamir, a Swedish resident who also uses the names Jöran Jermas and Adam Ermash, has been identified as the WikiLeaks staff member responsible for choosing which leaked documents are distributed in Russia.

It is also claimed that his journalist son Johannes Wahlström, known to share some of Mr Shamir’s views and previously criticised for faking reports, works for WikiLeaks in Scandinavia.

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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg named Time Magazine Person of the Year

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2010

The Jewish computer-genius who founded Facebook from his college bedroom has been named as the Time Magazine Person of the Year.

Mark Zuckerberg, 26, joins other Jewish winners of the prestigious award, including US politician Henry Kissinger and Ben Bernanke, chairman of the US Federal Reserve. However, in 83 years of naming a Person of the Year, Time has also chosen Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler.

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George Bush' niece Lauren to marry Jewish

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2010

Six months after Chelsea Clinton married investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, the granddaughter of President’s George HW Bush has announced she is to marry another New Yorker of Jewish descent.

Lauren Bush, niece of George W Bush, is engaged to the son of Jewish fashion designer Ralph Lauren.

At 39 David Lauren, the executive vice-president at Polo Ralph Lauren, is 13 years older than his future bride. The couple met in 2004.

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Golden Globes: Aaron Sorkin's The Social Network up for awards

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2010

Jewish screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has been nominated for a Golden Globe for his film about the creation of Facebook.

The Social Network, which stars Jewish actors Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield, is up for best screenplay at the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

It has also been placed in the category for Best Film, while its stars have been nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.

To take the prize The Social Network will have to beat the forthcoming drama about rivalry in the ballet world, Black Swan.

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Catholic sues Jewish store in crucifix row

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2010

A Catholic woman has begun legal action against a Jewish-owned business because she claims she was banned from wearing a crucifix at work.

Jamie Errico was fired from her sales job at watch store Concepts in Time in Manhattan last year.

However the 41-year-old is now alleging that she was discriminated against by the Orthodox owner Saul Jemal, because other staff members were permitted to wear kippot or necklaces with the star of David on.

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US diplomat Richard Holbrooke dies at 69

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2010

The US diplomat credited with bringing peace to the Balkans has died at the age of 69.

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, who was of Jewish descent, was serving as the Obama administration's envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He was admitted to hospital on Friday for a torn aorta, but died after unsuccessful surgery.

A diplomat since the 1960s, Mr Holbrooke worked for every Democrat president since John F Kennedy. He served in Vietnam in the 1960s, and later as ambassador to Germany. Most notoriously he was Assistant Secretary of State for Europe under President Bill Clinton.

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Diplomat Richard Holbrooke dies at 69

December 14, 2010

The US diplomat credited with bringing peace to the Balkans has died at the age of 69.

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, who was of Jewish descent, was serving as the Obama administration's envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He was admitted to hospital on Friday for a torn aorta, but died after unsuccessful surgery.

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