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Muslim Brotherhood could rethink Israel-Egypt treaty

By Jennifer Lipman, February 9, 2011

If the Muslim Brotherhood takes power in Egypt, its first move could be to review the peace process with Israel.

Banned under President Hosni Mubarak, the Islamist group is understood to have the support of just a quarter of Egyptian voters, but is well-organised and has been vocal since anti-government protests erupted more than two weeks ago.

Mr Mubarak has promised to hold free elections in Egypt. If these go ahead, the Muslim Brotherhood are likely to field candidates.

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Barbra Streisand to sing live at Grammy awards

By Jennifer Lipman, February 9, 2011

Barbra Streisand is to delight fans with an unusual live performance this weekend.

The singer will take to the stage at the annual Grammy awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, where she is nominated for her album Love Is the Answer.

She will also be honoured on Friday for "creative accomplishments and philanthropy" by the Grammy's charitable foundation MusiCares.

A performance at the event celebrating her five-decade career in music and film is expected to include Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder.

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Muslim Brotherhood: Egypt revolution not Islamist

By Jennifer Lipman, February 8, 2011

The Muslim Brotherhood has rejected the suggestion that there is an Islamist agenda to Egypt’s uprising.

A statement posted online by Khaled Hamza, editor of the Egyptian Islamist group’s English-language website, said: “The current uprising in Egypt is a revolution of the Egyptian people.

“It is by no means linked to any Islamic tendencies, despite allegations, nor can it be described as Islamic.”

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Soros, Bloomberg top donation list

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2011

Jewish financier and Holocaust survivor George Soros has topped a list of the most generous American philanthropists over the last year.

Mr Soros, who was born in Hungary, donated or pledged to donate £205 million in 2010.

The money will go to Human Rights Watch and to other organisations under the umbrella of his Open Society Foundations.

Last year he appeared at sixth on the list, compiled annually by the Chronicle of Philanthropy magazine.

Other Jewish men and women in the top ten included New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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Joe Lieberman quits politics to write Jewish book

By Jennifer Lipman, February 4, 2011

The first viable Jewish candidate for vice president of the United States is to write a book about the religion.

Senator Joe Lieberman, who narrowly lost out on the White House when he and his running-mate Al Gore were beaten by George W Bush in the 2000 presidential election, is working on a book about Shabbat.

Mr Lieberman, who is observant, announced he would not stand for re-election in Connecticut when his term expires next year.

Instead, he will focus on writing, with David Klinghoffer, “Gift of Rest”, a contemplation of his Jewish faith.

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German shul in barn restored

By Toby Axelrod, February 3, 2011

What would you do if you discovered that a dilapidated barn in a nearby village is actually a 186-year-old shul?

Brigitta Stammer, from Gottingen in Lower Saxony, decided, as many others might, to help restore the building to its original purpose.

But this was no ordinary restoration. In order to complete the rebirth of the half-timbered synagogue, Ms Stammer took part in a project to move it, piece by piece, from its location in Bodenfelde to Gottingen, where she lives. And, what's more, Ms Stammer is not even Jewish.

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Egypt protests: start of a new Middle East?

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 3, 2011

The hundreds of thousands of protesters crowding Tahrir Square this week seemed to have little idea of what they wanted to happen next.

"We must have multi-party elections and then all Egyptians can decide what they want to happen," said Sayyed Nasri, a civil engineer from Cairo's Giza neighbourhood, who had come to the square every morning to join the call for democracy and the end of the 30-year rule of President Hosni Mubarak.

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Israel trembles as Egypt quakes

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 3, 2011

There is no single emotion that defines a revolution. Across Cairo, 30 years of autocracy are pouring out in streams of tears and screams of joy.

But the hope, fear and uncertainty coursing through the Egyptian uprising is shaking Israel.

Peace with Egypt under President Hosni Mubarak has been, according to one defence official, "Israel's second biggest strategic asset after the United States".

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Adam Sandler gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

By Jennifer Lipman, February 3, 2011

Adam Sandler has joined the ranks of Jewish actors with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Mr Sandler, whose hits include The Wedding Singer and Big Daddy, has become the 2,341st person to be honoured on the famous Beverley Hills boulevard.

At the ceremony the actor, 44, praised his two daughters for always making him feel like he was good at things.

He said: “Even when I was terrible at things made me brim with confidence.

"This is a big deal. I can't believe this has happened in my life."

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Israelis arrested in Cairo as Egypt protests continue

By Jennifer Lipman, February 2, 2011

Four Israelis are among the rising number of journalists who have been arrested during the violent anti-government demonstrations in Egypt.

They were detained for allegedly violating the curfew in place and entering Cairo without the appropriate work visas.

A spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry said Israel was working on the case. He added: "We call on all Israeli reporters arriving in Cairo to remain alert, act responsibility and honour the place's rules.”

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