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IDF searching for missing man in West Bank

By Josh Jackman, April 2, 2015

The Israeli army and police are searching for a man who has gone missing in the Hebron area.

The man from Beersheva, an army veteran named as Niv Asraf who was reportedly stationed in Hebron, was returning from visiting the Cave of the Patriarchs with a friend.

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He's the new Jon Stewart. But does he have a Jewish problem?

By Josh Jackman, April 2, 2015

Trevor Noah, who will replace Jon Stewart as host of the hit US comedy programme The Daily Show, has been accused of antisemitism over some inflammatory tweets.

In May last year, the South African comic responded to the news that hip-hop artist Dr Dre's headphones company Beats Electronics was being bought by Apple for more than £2bn by tweeting: "Behind every successful Rap Billionaire is a d

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Polish court dismisses Sikorski web abuse case

By Nissan Tzur, April 2, 2015

A lawsuit launched by former Polish foreign minister Radosław Sikorski against a German-owned website that hosted antisemitic abuse directed at him has been thrown out by a Warsaw court.

Comments such as "Sikorski, the husband of an Orthodox Jewish woman, is the enemy of the Polish nation and a puppet in the hands of his father -in-law.

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Honour for hero of Paris shoot-out

April 2, 2015

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has awarded a medal to the Muslim shop assistant who hid Jews from a terror attack at the kosher supermarket in Paris in January.

Malian-born Lassana Bathily was given the Medal of Valour at the centre's annual National Tribute Dinner at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles last week.

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Lena Dunham article compares Jews to dogs

By Sebastien Malo, April 2, 2015

The acclaimed creator and star of American hit television series Girls, Lena Dunham, has been accused of stirring up antisemitic stereotypes after publishing a light-hearted article last week in which she compared Jews to dogs.

In the article for the New Yorker, titled "Dog or Jewish boyfriend? A Quiz", readers are invited to spot differences between the author's dog and her Jewish partner.

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Scared parents pull kids from Malmo school

By Nathalie Rothschild, April 2, 2015

More and more parents are taking their children out of Malmo's only Jewish pre-school following the terrorist attacks in Paris and Copenhagen.

Currently, 32 children are enrolled in the pre-school but, by the autumn, only 17 are expected to remain, which means one of two departments within the school will need to close down, it has been reported.

Jehoshua Kaufman, president of the Malmo Jewi

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On a lush plateau, jihadis swirl along Israel’s border

By Orlando Radice, April 1, 2015

Bright green fields stretch down the hill towards the Syrian border from the Quneitra Lookout Point in the Golan. The twitter of birds is interspersed with the pop of machine-gun fire.

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In Ukraine, thousands of Jews will spend Pesach as refugees - or under fire

By Josh Jackman, April 1, 2015

Pesach will have extra meaning this year for thousands of Jews forced to flee their homes by the fighting in Ukraine.

They will mark the festival as refugees, having gone through an exodus every bit as dangerous as the one undertaken by their biblical ancestors.

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Irreparable

March 26, 2015

Senior advisers to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have described the relationship between the Obama administration and the Israeli government as irreparable.

The war of words between the two leaders over the last few days has focused on Mr Netanyahu's remarks on the establishment of a Palestinian state and Israel's Arab citizens, but officials in Jerusalem say they are convinced the

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Claiming back Paris with disco

March 26, 2015

Paris's beleagured Jewish community was given an unexpected lift when Israeli singing star Gad Elbaz took to the city's streets to perform a disco version of Hava Nagila.

The rendition, which featured a klezmer band and dancers, was the singer's response to the terrorist attack on the Hyper Cacher supermarket in which four people were killed.

"We are here to strengthen the Jews of France and

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