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How the Anne Frank story captured China

By Erica Lyons, June 2, 2011

The chinese have become unlikely fans of the Anne Frank story: a London theatre company is to take its production of And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank on a second tour of the country this autumn, only months after its first, sell-out run.

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Israel recruits allies ahead of UN vote

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 2, 2011

Israel has concluded that a UN General Assembly vote in favour of recognising an independent Palestinian state is inevitable and is therefore trying to make it plain that such a move would be meaningless.

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Syrians burn pictures of Nasrallah

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 2, 2011

The members of Iran's radical axis in the Middle East are rallying around their ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in support of his bloody crackdown of the pro-democracy protests that have taken place in Syria over the past two months.

Hizbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah called upon the Syrian people to "defend the regime" in a televised speech last Wednesday.

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Open Gaza unburdens Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 2, 2011

The Israeli government has decided not to object to the opening of the Rafah crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, despite it being an abrogation of the 2006 agreement between Israel and Egypt to keep the border closed. The crossing was opened to allow almost totally free passage of Palestinian citizens last Saturday.

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Sotheby's to sell Mahler copy

June 2, 2011

Sotheby's in london is to sell Gustav Mahler's own newly discovered revised copy of his Third Symphony. The rare score, full of Mahler's marks, is on the market for the first time, and was composed in 1902. It may fetch £150,000.

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Holocaust hero spy's plaque is stolen

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

A plaque celebrating the heroism of an MI6 agent who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust has been stolen.

During the Second World War Major Frank Foley, who died in 1958, posed as a passport control officer at the British Embassy in Berlin. He forged passports and acquired visas to help 10,000 German Jews escape the Nazis.

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Arab art gallery is planned

By Jessica Elgot, June 2, 2011

An Israeli-Arab museum director has called on British Jews to help him with a four-year £18m plan to build the first Arab museum of modern art in the Middle East.

Said Abu Shakra, a former Israeli police officer, founded the Um al-Fahm gallery in the Arab town in the north of Israel in 1996. It drew international media attention after securing an exhibition by Yoko Ono in 1999.

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Wallander writer in plea to MPs

By Jessica Elgot, June 2, 2011

Swedish crime writer Henning Mankell, author of the Wallander series of crime thrillers, has called on British politicians to join him on the next flotilla to Gaza.

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Anti-Zion Jews mark flotilla day

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

Jewish anti-Zionists joined pro-Palestinian activists at a memorial event this week, to mark the first anniversary of the Gaza flotilla incident.

Nine Turkish activists died during a confrontation with Israeli forces on May 31 last year as the flotilla, led by the Mavi Marmara ship, attempted to reach Gaza.

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Nazi tattoo - where's the arm in that?

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

A politician who claimed to be unaware of the significance of the Nazi slogan tattooed on his arm has quit.

Gerry Leitmann said he would leave the Ebenthal municipal council in southern Austria after the controversy over his body art erupted last month.

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