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Amsterdam to reimburse taxes paid by survivors

By Shirley Haasnoot, May 26, 2016

Amsterdam's City Council has agreed to pay the local Jewish community £8 million as compensation for forcing returning Holocaust survivors to pay property taxes that they had incurred while in death camps and in exile around Europe.

Mayor Eberhard van der Laan made the announcement at the opening of a new Holocaust museum in the city last week.

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J Street 'took £400k to help Obama push Iran deal'

May 26, 2016

J-Street, the American liberal Jewish group, was given more than half a million dollars to promote President Barack Obama's controversial nuclear deal with Iran in the face of fierce opposition from Israel, it has emerged.

The group, which declares itself pro-Israel, was given the money by the Ploughshares Fund, the main organisation used by the White House to advocate for the deal.

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'Erdogan has fallen for classic hate theory'

May 26, 2016

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reportedly has a long-standing disagreement with his deputy prime minister over the existence of a shadowy financial group that is said to be conspiring to bring down the country.

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Multi-billionaire will not leave a penny to his children

By JC Reporter, May 24, 2016

Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman has announced that he is planning on leaving all of his $14.2 billion fortune to charity, and nothing to his children.

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Vienna’s Jewish community expresses relief over Austria election result

By Toby Axelrod, May 24, 2016

Oskar Deutsch, head of Vienna's Jewish community, expressed relief today at the outcome of Austria's presidential election, in which independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen narrowly won over far-right candidate Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party.

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Far-right candidate Norbert Hofer narrowly loses Austrian election

By JC Reporter, May 23, 2016

The Freedom Party's Norbert Hofer has lost Austria’s presidential election to an independent, Alexander Van der Bellen.

Far-right Mr Hofer, who has capitalised on anti-immigrant sentiment in Austria, led narrowly after Sunday's election but postal votes counted on Monday gave Mr Van der Bellen victory.

Mr Van der Bellen campaigned on a pro-EU platform, backed by the Green Party.

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Muslim woman who defied far-right protesters posted antisemitic messages

By Rosa Doherty, May 23, 2016

A young Muslim woman whose picture went viral after she posed defiantly in front of anti-Islam protesters has come under fire after her own antisemitic social media posts came to light.

Zakia Belkhiri’s photo showed her posing for a selfie against the backdrop of the far-right demonstration in Belgium and was heralded as a symbol for peace and anti-racism.

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US Jewish group J Street was paid by White House to promote Iran deal

By JC Reporter, May 22, 2016

J-Street, the American liberal Jewish group, was given more than half a million dollars to promote President Barack Obama’s controversial nuclear deal with Iran in the face of fierce opposition from Israel, it has emerged.

The group, which declares itself pro-Israel, was given the money by the Ploughshares Fund, the main organisation used by the White House’s to advocate the deal.

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John Kerry confirms he will attend Paris peace talks

By Josh Jackman, May 20, 2016

John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, has confirmed that he will attend a new round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

The meeting in Paris on June 3 will aim to create a framework for future talks.

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Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon quits claiming he can't trust Benjamin Netanyahu

By Josh Jackman, May 20, 2016

Moshe Yaalon has resigned as Israeli defence minister, saying that "Israel, as well as the Likud party, has been taken over by dangerous and extreme elements."

The former Chief of General Staff in the military, who was a member of the prime minister’s Likud party, will also leave the Knesset.

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