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French Jewish leader backs Marine Le Pen

February 26, 2015

The head of French Jewry has publicly endorsed National Front leader Marine Le Pen, describing her as "irreproachable".

Roger Cukierman, chairman of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions (Crif), said Ms Le Pen could not be "faulted personally" for antisemitism.

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No Iran deal yet, insists US

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 26, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of the US Congress next week to warn against an impending deal on Iran's nuclear programme.

At the same time, US Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Geneva meeting the Iranians, perhaps putting the finishing touches on that very agreement.

While there are still significant gaps between the two sides, the deal that appears to

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Cannabis? It could be an official spiritual high

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

A prominent British rabbi has welcomed the prospect of medically prescribed cannabis being given kosher certification in the US.

New York rabbi Moshe Elefant, who runs the Orthodox Union's certification agency, is in talks with several companies who want their medical marijuana to be classified as kosher.

But Rabbi Abraham Pinter, headteacher of Yesodey Hatorah school in Stamford Hill, said

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Heirs sue Germany for £147m Guelph treasure

By Toby Axelrod, February 26, 2015

Heirs of Jewish art collectors who lived in Nazi Germany are suing Germany in a US court, hoping to win back treasure of enormous value.

The plaintiffs, Alan Phillip, from London, and Gerald Stiebel from Santa Fe, filed a lawsuit on Monday against Germany and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation at a District of Columbia court.

According to their lawyers, they reverted to US justice bec

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Orthodox mum: husband 'raped and punched me'

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

An Orthodox woman has told a court how her husband sexually and physically abused her.

Rivky Stein, 25, made the allegations at Kings County Supreme Court in New York during a hearing to determine custody of her five-year-old son and four-year-old daughter.

She is asking for full custody, with supervised visitation rights for their father, 32-year-old Yoel Weiss.

Ms Stein testified that w

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Raw kosher talent on show at Oscars

By Tom Tugend, February 26, 2015

Given that there were no world famous Jewish names among nominees for the 87th Academy Awards in Hollywood last Sunday night, the tribe did fairly well.

The Great Budapest Hotel, which tied with Birdman for the most Oscars, was inspired by the writings of Austrian-Jewish novelist Stefan Zweig, with Scott Rudin the film's Jewish producer.

Ida won as best foreign-language film, confounding pre

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Mixed reaction over 'Muslim peace circle'

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 26, 2015

News that over 1,000 Muslims formed a "peace circle" around an Oslo synagogue on Saturday has attracted both praise and scepticism.

Billed as an act of solidarity with Norway's Jews after the Copenhagen attack, the initiative was celebrated on social media and by some Jewish leaders.

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US denies reports of deal on Iran nuclear programme

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 25, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address a joint session of the United States Congress next week to warn against an impending deal on Iran's nuclear programme. At the same time, US Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Geneva meeting the Iranians, perhaps putting the finishing touches on that very agreement.

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French Jewish leader backs Marine Le Pen

By Naomi Firsht, February 24, 2015

A leader of the French Jewish community has publically endorsed National Front leader Marine Le Pen, describing her as “irreproachable”.

Speaking on French radio Europe 1, Roger Cukierman, chairman of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions (Crif), praised Ms Le Pen and said that her party was no longer violent.

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Polish Holocaust movie wins the Oscar for best foreign language film

By Charlotte Oliver, February 23, 2015

A Polish film about a nun who discovers she is Jewish and that her parents were killed in the Holocaust has won the Oscar for best foreign language film.

Ida, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, tells the story of Anna, a young nun who finds out she is Jewish just before taking her vows in the 1960s.

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