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Indian Jews protest Bollywood Hitler film

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2010

Members of the Indian Jewish community have slammed plans to make a Bollywood film about Hitler’s final days.

Filming is set to start in two months time but Anupam Kher, the actor due to play the Nazi leader, has now dropped out after facing criticism.

At the beginning of June Indian producers announced they were making a film about the end of the Third Reich.

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Harry Potter star to play soldier

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2010

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is to be sent down into the trenches for his next film role.

The Jewish actor, 20, will attempt to shake off his teenage wizard image in a remake of First World War classic All Quiet On The Western Front.

The actor, who comes from London and is currently wowing audiences on a Broadway stage, will play a young German soldier in the film.

The original, based on a book, was released in 1930 and won an Oscar for the director.

Producer Ian Stokell said the actor would bring a vulnerability and innocence to the part.

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Dutch police plan decoy Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2010

That may or may not be a genuine Jewish person you see walking around Amsterdam.

In a bid to reduce antisemitic hate crime Dutch police have revealed plans to post “decoy Jews” around the city.

If the idea is approved by the city’s mayor, police will be dressed in religious clothing and posted in Jewish neighbourhoods to catch out attackers.

Authorities have reported a rise in antisemitic assaults in several Dutch cities, with Jews in some Amsterdam areas reportedly unable to “cross the street wearing a skullcap without being insulted, spat at or even attacked”.

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Twilight star remembers Nazi victims

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2010

Twilight star Kristen Stewart has paid her respects to victims of the Holocaust on a visit to Berlin.

The actress, 20, was accompanied by minders as she walked around the Monument to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

Comprising nearly 3000 white concrete blocks, the memorial opened in 2005 to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust.

Ms Stewart was in the German capital to promote the latest outing in the Twilight saga, Eclipse.

The film, in which the actress plays a teenager in love with brooding vampire Edward Cullen, opens in British cinemas on July 9.

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Row over alleged Mossad man's German passport

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2010

Relations between Germany and Israel have been threatened following revelations that an alleged Mossad agent fraudulently applied for a German passport with a story of Nazi persecution.

Uri Brodsky, an Israeli suspected of involvement in the killing of a Hamas operative in Dubai, is said to have helped a Mossad agent obtain illegal German documentation through the use of false papers and a concocted story.

Mr Brodsky has been arrested in Warsaw on a Europe-wide arrest warrant issued by the German federal authorities and is awaiting extradition to Germany.

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Banned hate preacher to speak in Canada

By Leon Symons, June 22, 2010

The Muslim preacher who has been banned from coming to Britain by Home Secretary Theresa May is to headline a religious conference in Canada.

Zakir Naik has been asked to speak at the Journey of Faith Conference in Toronto next month, July 2-4, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

The invitation follows the decision by Mrs May to exclude Dr Naik from the UK.

She said: “Numerous comments made by Dr Naik are evidence to me of his unacceptable behaviour.

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Kosher meat plant owner set for 27 year sentence

By Jessica Elgot, June 21, 2010

The former CEO of America's largest kosher slaughterhouse Sholom Rubashkin is expected to be sentenced to 27 years in prison.

Mr Rubashkin, 51, the former CEO of the Agriprocessors slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa, was convicted of 86 counts of bank fraud in November. He is expected to appeal against his conviction.

Agriprocessors was raided by federal agents in May 2008. Almost 400 illegal immigrants, mainly from Guatemala, were rounded up and deported.

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Explosion at Russian synagogue

By Jennifer Lipman, June 21, 2010

A bomb has caused damage to a synagogue outside Moscow.

There were no injuries after the explosion of a home-made device in Tyer, a town northwest of the Russian capital.

But the incident left a hole in the door to the building and damaged the fence around it, as well as smashing the windows of a neighbouring property.

Repairs to the synagogue are expected to cost more than £3000.

Officials said the explosion was “malicious hooliganism” but anti-terrorism experts are investigating and a city administrator said it could be linked to vandalism of Tyer’s Jewish cemetery.

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Concern over new Anne Frank book

By Jessica Elgot, June 21, 2010

The executive director of the Anne Frank Trust has slammed a new teen novel which suggests Anne and a teenager hidden with her in wartime Amsterdam, Peter van Pels, had a sexual relationship.

Gillian Walnes said that the book "Annexed", which is a fictionalised diary by Peter, was “cashing in” on the diarist.

The book, published by Andersen Press, is a new novel from British author Sharon Dogar, who has written two other "coming-of-age" books for teenagers.

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Rahm Emanuel tipped to leave White House

By Jennifer Lipman, June 21, 2010

President Barack Obama’s controversial and high-profile chief of staff, who is Jewish, could be leaving his job within a year to run for office in Chicago.

Rahm Emanuel, who was also a senior aide to Bill Clinton, has been tipped by Washington sources to leave the White House after November's mid-term elections.

Friends of the 50-year-old have said personality differences with President Obama and a desire to spend more time with his family are behind his probable exit.

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