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Mila Kunis to go on date with YouTube suitor

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2011

The Golden Globe-nominated actress Mila Kunis has agreed to accompany an American soldier to a ball after he posted a video plea for a date with her on YouTube.

The Jewish star, who was born in the Soviet Union and moved to the US after the fall of Communism, has said she will attend a Marine Corps ball in November with Sgt Scott Moore.

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Southern Sudan given warm welcome by Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2011

Binyamin Netanyahu has offered good wishes to the world's newest country following its independence on July 9 at midnight.

The Republic of South Sudan was created in 2005 in a peace agreement ending decades of civil war. The Israeli Prime Minister said Israel recognised the new state and added: "We wish it much success."

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Gwyneth Paltrow raising Apple and Moses as Jewish

By Robyn Rosen, July 7, 2011

Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed she is raising her children as Jewish.

Ms Paltrow, whose late father was Jewish film producer Bruce Paltrow, appeared at the Young CST's summer cocktail party in the Jalouse nightclub in central London this week where she spoke to an audience of 100.

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Nazi soldiers sentenced in Italy for massacre

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

Nine former Nazis have been sentenced by an Italian military court for murdering civilians during the Holocaust.

The men, all of whom served as German soldiers, were convicted of killing more than 140 people in a massacre in the northern Italian Apennine mountains region. A further 24 were killed in nearby town.

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Herzog plan for UN vote

July 7, 2011

Labour Member of the Knesset Isaac Herzog suggested this week that Israel should offer to vote in favour of an independent Palestinian state at the UN this September, in exchange for starting talks over borders.

According to the Jerusalem Post, Mr Herzog told a Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee meeting: "The government's attitude is defeatist and unoriginal.

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Obama in new drive to win Jewish votes

By Ellen Tumposky, July 7, 2011

With the Jewish vote emerging as a key battleground in the 2012 election, prominent Jewish supporters of President Obama are mounting a campaign to win more Democrat votes from the American Jewish community .

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Shechitah: EU reprieve

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

The threat to shechitah in the EU abated this week after MEPs approved food labelling policies without demanding the compulsory identification of meat produced by ritual slaughter.

MEPs also suggested a future study on "the stunning of animals" to help frame animal welfare policy.

The wording may be significant in that it suggests a focus on stunning methods as a whole rather than, as previo

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Sunk: the Gaza flotilla stays in Greece

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2011

The second flotilla to Gaza seems to have ended up as two small boats.

Meanwhile, security forces in Israel are preparing for an "airlift" of hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists planning to land at Ben-Gurion Airport this weekend.

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Bow auction record

July 7, 2011

A unique collection of more than 30 English Baroque instrument bows acquired by a German Jewish refugee couple has been sold for more than £100,000 by Brompton's Auctioneers.

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It's an 'Islamist Spring'

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2011

The head of a leading Israeli think-tank has painted a gloomy picture of recent events in the Middle East, characterising the Arab Spring as "more of an Islamic uprising".

Major-General Danny Rothschild, director of the Institute for Policy and Strategy in Herzliya, predicted that the Muslim Brotherhood would be the political beneficiaries of Arab street protests, even if they had not instigat

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