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US lawyers to sue Goldstone over Gaza report reversal

By Jennifer Lipman, April 7, 2011

A group of US lawyers has announced plans to sue Judge Richard Goldstone following his acknowledgment that Israel had not intentionally targeted civilians during Operation Cast Lead, nearly two years after he reported to the contrary.

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B'nai B'rith president in fraud arrest

By Ellen Tumposky, April 7, 2011

The international president of B'nai B'rith has resigned after he was arrested and charged last week in the US with tax fraud.

Dennis Glick, an accountant from Pennsylvania who was elected to a three-year term as president of the organisation in December 2009, was indicted on March 15 with aiding and assisting in the preparation of false federal income-tax returns.

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Anger over Marine Le Pen radio interview

By Michel Zlotowski, April 7, 2011

The leader of the Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF), Richard Prasquier, has hit out at an Israeli radio station for broadcasting an interview with the National Front's new president, Marine Le Pen, last week.

Only two weeks ago, Jewish radio station Radio J cancelled an interview with Ms Le Pen after coming under heavy criticism from France's communal leadership.

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Mega-donors plan a Jewish Al-Jazeera

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2011

A group of Jewish philanthropists is planning to create an international television news channel to counter the influence of outlets like Al-Jazeera.

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Germany ups cash for Holocaust survivors

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2011

The German government has pledged significant increases in contributions towards the care of Holocaust survivors following negotiations with the Claims Conference.

Julius Berman, chairman of the New York-based restitution body, said that the agreement was "vital" to addressing the growing welfare needs of ageing survivors.

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Dutch fears over vote on kosher meat

By Esther Voet, April 7, 2011

An international coalition of rabbis and Jewish leaders has joined the Dutch Jewish community in lobbying against a bill to ban shechitah, which is due to be voted on next week.

The proposal to ban all slaughter that does not involve any form of pre-stunning was introduced by the Party for Animals (PvdD).

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'Boycott Poland for dropping Holocaust restitution'

By Nissan Tzur, April 7, 2011

The polish government's decision to withdraw a restitution law that would have compensated thousands of people who lost property during the Holocaust has sparked a mixture of uproar and backpedalling in the Jewish world.

The WJC's general counsel, Menachem Rosensaft, last week called for an economic boycott of Poland until it adopts the law.

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Obama set for fresh Middle East peace drive

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2011

United States President Barack Obama told Israeli President Shimon Peres at a meeting in Washington this week that he is set to launch a fresh campaign to kick-start the peace process.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr Peres said: "Obama is prepared to launch a diplomatic initiative but only on the condition that it does not remain a one-time gesture."

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Concern for Israel as new Egypt emerges

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2011

Clouds are continuing to gather over Israel's relations with Egypt following the fall of the Mubarak regime.

On Sunday, in an interview with Egyptian state television, Foreign Minister Nabil Al-Arabi said that while Egypt remains committed to the peace accords it signed with Israel, they did not mean that the two countries should have warm relations.

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Barmitzvah boy funds Broadway musical on Liberty

By Jennifer Lipman, April 6, 2011

A barmitzvah boy has found an unusual solution to all the money he was given by guests at his party – he has donated it to the producers of a Broadway musical about immigrants.

New York teenager Jesse Naranjo is to use the more than £1,600 he was given following the ceremony last year to help send "Liberty: The Musical" to a major theatre.

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