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Helen Thomas: 'you can't criticise Israel'

By Jennifer Lipman, October 12, 2010

Helen Thomas, the White House reporter who resigned after calling for all Jews to "get the hell out of Palestine" has dismissed claims that she is antisemitic as “baloney”.

However the 90-year-old veteran Washington correspondent said that even after apologising for the comments she “had the same feelings about Israel's aggression and brutality.”

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Call for Human Rights Watch to act on Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, October 12, 2010

An Israeli academic has written to the new chairman of Human Rights Watch (HRW) urging him to make changes to the organisation and restore its “moral integrity.”

Professor Gerald Steinberg, president of Jerusalem-based research organisation NGO Monitor, called on James Hoge to take actions “to end support for the anti-Israel ideology that has permeated the organisation.”

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David Schwimmer marries in secret

By Jennifer Lipman, October 12, 2010

David Schwimmer has revealed that he secretly married a British photographer in June.

The Jewish actor, star of the hit series Friends, tied the knot with Zoe Buckman in a small private ceremony.

It is the first marriage for the 43-year-old. The couple announced their engagement in March.

The new Mrs Schwimmer, 25, was working as a waitress in London in 2007 when the couple met. He was in Britain directing the film Run Fat Boy Run.

He has previously been linked with the Israeli actress Mili Avital.

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Israeli author wins German peace prize

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2010

An Israeli novelist has been awarded a German peace prize for giving a literary voice to coexistence.

David Grossman, whose books include The Smile of the Lamb and Someone to Run With, was announced as the recipient of the peace prize of the German book trade on Sunday.

Mr Grossman, 56, is a prominent figure of Israel’s left , and a campaigner for a peaceful solution to the Middle East conflict. He is close friends with fellow Israeli writer Amos Oz.

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J Street now under fire for Goldstone aid

By Nathan Guttman, October 7, 2010

The dovish Israel lobby J Street is facing even more criticism in the US following claims the group had been involved in arranging meetings for Judge Richard Goldstone on Capitol Hill.

This report, published in the Washington Times, comes only a week after the paper revealed that J Street has been receiving donations from billionaire George Soros, a fact that had previously been denied by heads of the lobby.

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Ahmadinejad's Lebanon visit sparks fears in Israel

October 7, 2010

The Israeli government is worried that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to Lebanon next week could signal the start of an escalation on its northern border.

Mr Ahmadinejad is scheduled to arrive on October 13 for a two-day visit. His itinerary includes a tour of towns and villages in the south of Lebanon where heavy fighting took place between the IDF and Hizbollah during the Second Lebanon War in 2006. According to some reports, the Iranian president may even take part in symbolic stone-throwing towards Israeli soldiers on the border.

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Wiesel: build interfaith centre at Ground Zero

By Jennifer Lipman, October 7, 2010

Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel has called for the establishment of an interfaith centre near the site of the September 11 terror attacks rather than the controversial “Ground Zero mosque.”

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Qantas staff stop passenger's death jump

By Jennifer Lipman, October 7, 2010

Airline staff had to physically stop an Israeli passenger from leaving the aeroplane mid-air after he threatened to commit suicide.

The man, on board a Qantas flight from Australia to Hong Kong, told staff that he was going to open the plane door.

According to an onlooker, he said: "I'm going to kill myself, you are all going to die, it will be God's will.

He then began praying out loud and said: “What will be will be."

The crew managed to restrain him and none of the 280 passengers were injured.

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Jewish women top Forbes power list

By Jennifer Lipman, October 7, 2010

A Jewish businesswoman has been named as the second most powerful woman in the world.

Irene Rosenfeld appears just behind the First Lady Michelle Obama on Forbes 2010 list of the 100 most powerful women in the world.

Ms Rosenfeld, the chief executive of Kraft Food, is a controversial figure in the UK following her company’s audacious £10.2bn bid for confectionary giant Cadbury Cadbury.

The 57-year-old, who is married with two children, isa psychology graduate of Cornell University, a Master of Business Administration and holds a PhD in marketing and statistics.

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Fury as Jewish paper pulls same-sex marriage announcements

By Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2010

The publisher of a Jewish newspaper has said a controversial decision to stop printing same-sex marriage announcements may have been made “too quickly”.

The New Jersey Jewish Standard had published a piece on its “Lifecycles page” marking the engagement of Avichai David Smolen, 23, and Justin Taylor Rosen, 24, in the September 24 edition of the New Jersey weekly.

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