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Concern over hate in Malmö

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 19, 2015

Barack Obama's antisemitism envoy has warned of the likelihood of "tragic incidents" unless Europe does more to protect Jewish communities.

Ira Forman made the comments this week while visiting Sweden to assess the country's efforts to prevent attacks on Jews.

In Malmö, the southern Swedish city that has acquired an international reputation for antisemitism, Mr Forman said: "I think people

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Watch it! App helps prayer

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

It has not even gone on sale yet, but the new Apple Watch has already attracted the attention of a software producer rushing to make the first Jewish app for the device.

New York-based technology firm RustyBrick is preparing to launch an app which will alert wearers of the watch to prayer times and the where-abouts of kosher restaurants.

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Letter from: Phnom Penh

By Francis Wilmer, March 19, 2015

Rabbi Bentzion Butman takes a seat behind his desk. In his office the air conditioning pumps out cool air.

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White House rethink on peace talks after Netanyahu election victory

By Rosa Doherty, March 18, 2015

The White House is concerned by what it said was "divisive rhetoric" used by Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israeli election campaign.

On Tuesday, Mr Netanyahu went back on his commitment to a Palestinian state and earlier promised to continue building settlements in the West Bank.

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Dieudonné avoids jail after sympathising with terrorist

By Naomi Firsht, March 18, 2015

Antisemitic French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala has been handed a two-month suspended sentence for likening himself to a Paris terrorist.

Dieudonné caused outrage when he posted a video of himself on Facebook saying “I feel like Charlie Coulibaly” shortly after the attacks on a kosher supermarket and satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January.

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Anne Frank's cousin, Buddy Elias, dies aged 89

By Rosa Doherty, March 18, 2015

Anne Frank's cousin, Buddy Elias, has died aged 89.

Mr Elias died peacefully in Basel, Switzerland, the Anne Frank Fonds Foundation announced on Tuesday.

As president of the charity he was a lifelong protector of his young diarist cousin and spent years giving lectures and interviews about the Holocaust.

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Michael Douglas reveals his son was the target of antisemitism

By Charlotte Oliver, March 16, 2015

Michael Douglas has described his outrage following an incident last year when his teenage son was the victim of antisemitism.

The Hollywood actor, 70, wrote in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday how his 14-year-old son Dylan had been upset by a man yelling at him in their hotel swimming pool in Southern Europe.

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Revealed: the anti-Israel network behind UN's Gaza investigation

By Gerald Steinberg, March 13, 2015

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is one of many organisations that use moral-sounding language as a façade for the opposite. Its officials and activities are controlled by regimes with abysmal human rights records - including Russia, China, and Middle Eastern dictatorships. It is not surprising that Israel is the main focus of "investigations" and condemnations.

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Jewish guilt could be in your genes, says professor

By David Lazarus, March 12, 2015

Can one man's meshugas continue through his progeny and untold generations to come?

Quite possibly, thinks Dr Moshe Szyf, a pioneering genetics scientist and pharmacology professor based at McGill University in Canada.

London-born and observant, Dr Szyf's research is proving that negative life experiences can alter the genome of future generations.

The implication for Jews is that the way

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Jihadis wiping out Jewish heritage

By Nathan Jeffay, March 12, 2015

Islamic state is inflicting massive damage on Jewish sites and artefacts in the Middle East, and the extent of the damage may not be known for years, according to a leading expert on heritage sites in the terrorist group's strongholds.

"The level of devastation of history and culture will not be known until scholars are allowed to go and examine the area for themselves," said Filip Vukosavovic,

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