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Polish museum ends decades of 'silence'

By Isabel De Bertodano, October 30, 2014

A chasm in Polish history was bridged this week with the opening of a vast museum dedicated to the country's Jewish past.

"When you are a Jew, even if you were not born in Poland, the very name Poland stirs up trembling and longing in your heart," said Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in his address.

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Romania reflects on its Shoah remembrance

By Petru Clej, October 30, 2014

Romanian Holocaust experts have used the tenth anniversary of the publication of an unprecedented report into the country's role in the Shoah to consider what lessons have been learnt.

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Danes back demands for a ban on brit

By Nathalie Rothschild, October 30, 2014

Doctors, human-rights advocates and members of the Jewish and Muslim communities have joined politicians for a circumcision debate in the Danish parliament.

It took place a day after the publication of a poll showing that 74 per cent of Danes support a ban on non-medical male circumcision.

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Second Ben Gurion student killed in Nepal mountains

By Nathan Jeffay, October 30, 2014

There were tears on the campus of Ben Gurion University of the Negev after it lost a second student in a tragedy in Nepal in less than a fortnight.

Last week, student Tamar Ariel was buried after dying in a blizzard in the Annapurna region.

Days later, recent medical graduate Shira Dabus, 30, died in an unconnected incident in Nepal - a bus crash.

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Sweden officially recognises Palestinian state

By Naomi Firsht, October 30, 2014

Sweden today became the first EU member country to officially recognise a Palestinian state.

"Today the government takes the decision to recognize the state of Palestine," Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said in a statement published in the Dagens Nyheter daily, AFP reported.

"It is an important step that confirms the Palestinians' right to self-determination," she added.

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Netanyahu ‘chickenshit’, says top US official

By Josh Jackman, October 29, 2014

A senior US government official has called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “chickenshit”, while another has accused him of being a “coward.”

In an interview with The Atlantic, unnamed figures in the Obama administration said that fear and political self-interest was preventing the prime minister from making peace.

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Now he’s a real Transformer: LaBeouf becomes a Christian

By Josh Jackman, October 28, 2014

Transformers actor Shia LaBeouf has moved away from his Jewish roots to embrace Christianity following his latest role.

Mr LaBeouf, whose mother is Jewish and who had a barmitzvah, told Interview magazine that his time spent portraying the deeply religious Boyd ‘Bible’ Swan in David Ayer’s Fury had greatly affected him.

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French Jews turn to Krav Maga for self-defence

By Sandy Rashty, October 28, 2014

Young French Jews are now taking more Krav Maga lessons in a bid to protect themselves against the spike in antisemitism.

According to a report in Arutz Sheva, last week French teenagers went to Israel to partake in a special martial arts defence programme in Netanya called ‘Magen’.

The defence programme is geared to protecting French Jewish schools and synagogues.

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‘1,000 Nazis spied for America’

By David Lazarus, October 28, 2014

At least 1,000 ex-Nazis – some of them certainly war criminals responsible for murdering thousands of Jews – were recruited to spy for the US at the peak of the Cold War, the New York Times reported.

They were reportedly protected by the Central Intelligence Agency and FBI, both institutions infused by the post-war paranoia of Communism.

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Netanyahu approves fresh settlements

By Josh Jackman, October 27, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has authorised the construction of more than 1,000 houses in East Jerusalem, beyond the Green Line.

Around 660 homes will be built in Ramat Shlomo, with 400 more slated for construction in Har Homa. If the process goes ahead, it will end an unofficial freeze on settlement building which was enacted in May last year.

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