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New US ambassador to Israel is Obama insider

By Ellen Tumposky, March 17, 2011

The nomination of White House adviser Daniel Shapiro as US ambassador to Israel has won praise across the spectrum from US Jewish organistions which saw Shapiro as the best man for the job-and one who has the President's ear.

Mr Shapiro, 41, will replace Bush appointee James Cunningham. The nomination must be confirmed by the US Senate.

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Fury as Poland suspends Holocaust payments

By Nissan Tzur, March 17, 2011

The decision by the Polish government to suspend the legislation to compensate former property owners, whose assets were confiscated during the Second World World War and the Communist period, has caused outrage among world Jewish leaders.

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Boycott in Bremen echoes the Nazi era

By Toby Axelrod, March 17, 2011

A call to boycott Israeli products in Bremen, featuring posters with oranges dripping blood, has drawn reactions of disgust and frustration from Jewish leaders in Germany.

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Campaigners attack Johannesburg Uni's Israel links

By Moira Schneider and Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

Campaigners encouraging the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to break its ties with Israel's Ben Gurion University (BGU) have released a "damning" report of the relationship between the institutions.

The report documents what it calls BGU's "direct and indirect role in further entrenching the violations of human rights and international law by the Israeli state".

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Jewish aid for Japan after quake

March 17, 2011

Donations from British Jews have poured in to help deal with the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, as World Jewish Relief launched an emergency appeal, raising £10,000 on the first day of its appeal.

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Galliano still suing original complainants

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011

John Galliano is still taking legal action against the pair whose complaint about his allegedly antisemitic behaviour led to his arrest and his eventual firing from Christian Dior.

The designer’s Jewish lawyer, Stephane Zerbib, said that his client would still sue the original complainants despite prosecutors filing charges against him.

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Charlie Sheen hires Israeli security guards

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2011

Charlie Sheen has hired former Israeli soldiers as his security guards.

Despite having claimed to possess “tiger blood” the former Two and Half Men star arranged for the Israelis to protect him after a fan broke into his back garden.

The Israelis will provide Mr Sheen with round the clock security.

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'Tefillin terrorists' strike on Alaska flight

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2011

The “tefillin terrorists” have struck again.

A group of Mexican Jewish tourists sparked a security alert on an Alaska Airlines flight to Los Angeles after they began putting on tefillin and reciting Jewish prayers.

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Israel offers help for Japan earthquake rescue

By Jennifer Lipman, March 11, 2011

Israel’s Foreign Ministry is working to account for any citizens who may have been affected by the earthquake that hit Japan last night.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has also asked Israel’s ambassador to Tokyo to offer aid to Japan in the wake of the disaster.

Emergency relief organisation ZAKA said they had dispatched a team to Japan to help with search and rescue efforts.

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Fear is still a Spanish acquisition

March 10, 2011

A major report on antisemitism about to be published in Spain makes for alarming reading.

The Observatory on Antisemitism in Spain will reveal that, according to a government-organised survey, almost 60 per cent of Spaniards believe "the Jewish people are powerful because they control the economy and the mass-media".

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