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Russian leadership plan

April 22, 2009

A $2.7 initiative to promote leadership among Russian-speaking Jews living in the US has been announced in New York.

The money will go to training lay leadership in the community and supporting professional development.

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Rise in antisemitic attacks worldwide

By Isabel Janner, April 22, 2009

Holocaust images are increasingly used in antisemitic attacks worldwide, according to a new survey.

The survey, carried out by Tel Aviv University and the European Jewish Congress, shows the number of incidents increasing gradually from 1989 to 2007, peaking in 2007 and dropping slightly in 2008.

The start of 2009 saw sharp increases, triggered by the economic crisis and war in Gaza.

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Prince Charles stars in The Rescuers: Heroes of the Holocaust

By Tom Tugend, April 22, 2009

The Prince of Wales is to appear in a new film telling the stories of 12 non-Jewish diplomats who helped save an estimated 200,000 European Jews during the Second World War.

The film also highlights others who helped Jews survive, including Princess Alice of Greece, Prince Charles’s grandmother, who hid Jews in the royal palace in Athens during the German occupation and withstood interrogations by Nazi officials. The Prince pays tribute to his “very remarkable” ancestor in the film.

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Holocaust denier Dr Fredrick Toben faces jail

By Dan Goldberg, April 22, 2009

Australia’s most notorious Holocaust revisionist faces a possible jail sentence less than six months after he spent 50 days inside Wandsworth Prison.

Dr Fredrick Toben, the director of the Adelaide Institute in South Australia, was found guilty last week of criminal contempt for continuing to publish material denying the Holocaust, doubting the existence of gas chambers at Auschwitz and vilifying Jews in defiance of a 2002 Federal Court order.

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Hitler's Mein Kampf on Indian curriculum

By Isabel Janner, April 22, 2009

Hitler is being promoted as a management guru for business studies students in India, who are advised by lecturers to read Mein Kampf and Hitler’s autobiography for educational purposes.

Sales of Mein Kampf topped 10,000 in New Delhi alone in the past six months and are expected to rise further.

A spokesman for Embassy Books in Mumbai, who publish Mein Kampf, said: “People are looking at it from a business angle, especially as Hitler had such a strong influence on the world.

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Holocaust denier faces jail

By Dan Goldberg, April 20, 2009

Australia’s most notorious Holocaust revisionist faces a possible jail sentence less than six months after he spent 50 days inside Wandsworth Prison.

Dr Fredrick Toben, the director of the Adelaide Institute in South Australia, was found guilty last week of criminal contempt for continuing to publish material denying the Holocaust, doubting the existence of gas chambers at Auschwitz and vilifying Jews in defiance of a 2002 Federal Court order.

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Egypt in backlash against Hizbollah

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2009

The discovery of a Hizbollah terror network in Sinai could lead to a major Egyptian backlash against the Shiite movement and Iran.

Egyptian security forces this week revealed the arrest of dozens of suspects, allegedly belonging to cells recruited by Hizbollah in Egypt. At least 15 terrorists are still at large in Sinai and hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and policemen have been involved in the searches. Shots were twice fired at Egyptian security forces by Bedouin tribesmen believed to be working with the terrorists.

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Clouds gather over Durban II

By Keren David and Dan Goldberg, April 14, 2009

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will attend the United Nations anti-racism conference in Geneva next week.

The news increased Jewish concerns about the conference, a follow-up to the 2001 conference held in Durban which was dominated by heated rows over the Middle East.

Israel, Italy and Canada are to boycott the Geneva meeting, with Australia expected to follow suit.

Australia’s Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said it was “most unlikely” his country would attend.

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Phil Spector found guilty

By Keren David, April 14, 2009

Six years of legal wrangling ended this week when legendary music producer Phil Spector was found guilty of the murder of cocktail hostess Lana Clarkson.

This was Spector’s second trial. The first ended with the jury unable to reach a verdict.

He was remanded to jail immediately, having previously been on a $1 million bail bond.

Ms Clarkson was found at Spector’s gothic-style mansion with a gunshot wound to the mouth. Spector did not testify at either trial. His only comment came in a quote given to Esquire: “She kissed the gun.”

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World celebrates with dance, prayer and yoga

By Keren David and Dan Goldberg, April 14, 2009

From New Zealand to Hawaii, via Jerusalem’s Western Wall, Jews all over the world marked the blessing over the sun with prayers, dancing, yoga and environmental messages.

New Zealand’s Jews proudly claimed the title of the first to celebrate. Americans defied poor weather forecasts to organise a huge range of services including a mystical beach ceremony in Seattle, a service near Ground Zero to commemorate the 9/11 victims and a yoga event in Manhattan.

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