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Lost Boys' Corey Haim dies

By Jessica Elgot, March 10, 2010

The 80s teen heartthrob Corey Haim, the ex-boyfriend of Victoria Beckham, has died aged 38.

Mr Haim, who was born in Toronto, Canada, had an Israeli mother, Judy, and a Canadian-Jewish father Bernie.

Corey found fame in the cult movie The Lost Boys. He would later star in reality TV show The Two Coreys, alongside Lost Boys co-star Corey Feldman, who is also Jewish.

Mr Haim had been open about his battle with prescription drug addiction, including Valium. He was found dead by his mother in his Los Angeles apartment.


Three Auschwitz sign thieves plead guilty

By Jessica Elgot, March 10, 2010

Three men who stole and vandalised the ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ sign from Auschwitz may face up to three years in jail after pleading guilty to the theft.

Five Polish men aged in their 20s and 30s were arrested by police when they recovered the 16-foot wrought-iron sign, which had been cut into three pieces.

Three of the men have pleaded guilty, said Boguslawa Marcinkowska, spokesperson of the Prosecutor’s Office in Krakow.

The prosecution have suggested prison terms between 18 months and three years.


Biden hails new Israel, Palestinian peace talks

By Jessica Elgot, March 9, 2010

US Vice-President Joe Biden has hailed the new, indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinians as a “moment of real opportunity”.

Mr Biden, who met Israel’s President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem today, praised the proposed four months of talks, which have been brokered by US Middle East special envoy George Mitchell.

Mr Biden said: “I hope it is a vehicle, a vehicle by which we can begin to allay that layer of mistrust that has built up in the last several years,"


Interpol issues notices for 16 more Dubai suspects

By Jessica Elgot, March 8, 2010

Interpol has released 16 more Red Notices for the assassins involved in the murder of Hamas’s Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh in Dubai.

Twenty-seven notices, which are not the same as international arrest warrants, have so far been issued for the suspects. Instead, they give details of the accused, to be disseminated worldwide, and request that they be arrested.

Interpol’s website shows pictures of the 27 suspects it wishes to trace, with their offence listed as “crimes against life and health”.


Jewish man's body found in Haiti

By Jessica Elgot, March 8, 2010

The body of a Jewish man has finally been recovered from the rubble of the Haiti earthquake, nearly two months after being reported missing.

Canadian Alexander Shmuel Bitton, 37, died after the Montana Hotel, where he was staying on a business trip, collapsed as the earthquake hit Haiti.

This week, Israeli rescue volunteers ZAKA recovered a body which carried Mr Bitton’s passport.

The body has been transferred to the United Nations facility in Haiti to be formally identified.


The Oscars 2010: winners, and mainly losers

By Tom Tugend, March 8, 2010

If Hollywood is dominated by Jews, it sure let our side down.

The third time was to be the charm for Israel’s entry in the best foreign-language film competition. While the highly touted Ajami made it to the five finalists list, the prize went to Argentina’s El Secreto de sus Ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes).


Irish minister visits Gaza

By Jessica Elgot, March 5, 2010

Ireland’s Foreign Minister Micheál Martin has called the situation in Gaza “inhumane and unacceptable” after a visit to the region.

Mr Martin, who is the first European Union foreign minister to visit the Gaza Strip in over a year, has called on the EU to put pressure on Israel to end its blockade of Gaza.

Writing in the International Herald Tribune, Mr Martin said: “The tragedy of Gaza is that it is fast in danger of becoming a tolerated humanitarian crisis.”


Hamas bans male hairdressers in Gaza

By Jessica Elgot, March 5, 2010

Hamas will ban male hairdressers from working in women’s hair salons in the latest bid to impose stricter Islamic law in the Gaza strip.

The Interior Ministry, which announced the new law, has warned of stern consequences for anyone found disobeying.

Islamic women are traditionally not allowed to show their hair to men who are not members of their family.


Brittany Murphy’s husband to quit LA

By Robyn Rosen, March 4, 2010

The British husband of actress Brittany Murphy will be moving out of their £5 million Hollywood home after being left out of her will - which he says was his choice.

Ms Murphy, the star of Clueless died last year of pneumonia at the Los Angeles home she shared with Simon Monjack, 39, and her mother, Sharon.

This week it was revealed that she had left all of her assets, including her house, to her mother. She and Mr Monjack are now expected to relocate to New York and share custody of Brittany's Maltese puppy, Clara.


Rabbi finance arrests may be 'down to ignorance'

By Ellen Tumposky, March 4, 2010

A string of arrests of Orthodox rabbis and leaders in the US, accused of financial crimes, has raised concerns in the community and sparked debate about whether a spirit of corruption or an other-worldy naivete about money underlies the apparent crime spree.

The arrests include that of Jewish school director Rabbi Milton Balkany, a prominent director of a Jewish school who is accused of trying to extort a hedge fund; the Spinka Grand Rebbe, who got two years for tax fraud; and five rabbis arrested in a New Jersey money-laundering scandal.