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Growing fear over UN Durban anniversary conference

By Simon Rocker, August 4, 2011

Jewish organisations are pressing the government over next month's UN conference in New York marking the tenth anniversary of the Durban Declaration on anti-racism. They fear it will lead to a renewed international campaign against Israel following the previous two conferences.

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Has Netanyahu caved in to Obama's border plan?

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 4, 2011

Israeli prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be moving closer to the international plan for a two-state solution based on 1967 borders.

A letter sent by Mr Netanyahu to the Middle East Quartet meeting in Washington three weeks ago, parts of which were leaked to the press this week, revealed the shift in his policy.

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Paintings of Hitler's parents up for auction

By Jennifer Lipman, August 3, 2011

A California auction house is hoping to fetch more than £60,000 from the sale of two paintings said to feature Adolf Hitler's parents.

The oil paintings, both from the 1930s, are being sold by a San Diego auction house.

They feature Alois and Klara Hitler at Berghof, Hitler's holiday home in the Bavarian mountains.

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Oldest Australian Jew dies at 110

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

The oldest Jew in Australia has died a few months after celebrating her 110th birthday.

Mary Rothstein, who was born in Russia, grew up in London and eventually moved to Melbourne, was a milliner who once made hats for royalty.

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Uruguay responds to Iranian ambassador's Holocaust claims

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

Uruguay's government has condemned Iran's ambassador to the South American country following statements in which he denied the facts of the Holocaust.

Hojatollah Soltani said last week that "it is said that during that war the Nazis killed two million, four million, six million...there are different figures on the Jews' news."

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Tucson congresswoman Giffords back for debt-limit vote

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

A US congresswoman who was shot in the head seven months ago was cheered as she cast her first vote since the attack.

Gabrielle Giffords, a Jewish Democratic Party representative for Tucson, Arizona, was in Washington to vote on the debt-limit bill, which averted a financial disaster for the US with just hours to go.

Ms Giffords was accompanied by her astronaut husband Mark Kelly.

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Farewell to one of the last Cochin Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, August 1, 2011

The Jewish population of the Indian town of Mattancherry has dropped to single figures.

The funeral of Isaac Judah Ashkenazi, an 83-year-old Jewish resident of the town, was held on Sunday.

Mattancherry, in the Kochi region (formerly known as Cochin), was once home to a small but solid Jewish population of 250. A community was first recorded there in the 15th century.

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Bollywood's Gandhi to Hitler 'worst film of 2011'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011

A Bollywood film about Hitler which members of the Indian Jewish community dubbed as "ignorant" when it was announced has been panned by critics.

Gandhi To Hitler, a Bollywood take on the correspondence between the Indian and Nazi leaders and the end of the Third Reich was the subject of controversy when the project was announced last year.

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Mumbai killer appeals death sentence

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011

The Pakistani gunman convicted of murder for the Mumbai terror attacks has launched an appeal to his death sentence.

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab was charged with murder, conspiracy and waging war on India. He was the only gunman to survive the 2008 terror attacks, which saw more than 160 people killed over a brutal three-day siege.

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Rabbi arrested in Washington for budget protest

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011

A group of Jewish leaders and their Christian counterparts were arrested in Washington DC on Thursday after staging a protest over budget cuts.

The 11 religious representatives had gathered at the Capitol Rotunda and started a sit-in to make a statement urging President Obama not to "balance the budget on the backs of the poor".

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