Arts Culture

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    Labor would be the senior partner in a new government, according to a draft coalition agreement reportedly sent on by Kadima. Associates of Prime Minister-designate Tzipi Livni reportedly passed the draft agreement Sunday to the Labor Party. Israeli media are reporting that the agreement will serve as the basis for continuing talks between the ruling… More ▸

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    A lawsuit against the author of a fabricated Holocaust memoir was dismissed by a Massachusetts judge. Publisher Jane Daniel had sued Misha Defonseca, the author of the 1997 book “Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years,” and her ghostwriter Vera Lee to overturn a $32.4 million court judgment the writers had won against Daniel in… More ▸

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    An Israeli composer and accordion master performed in Beijing. “I am not sure if the audience totally understood our performance,” Boris Malkovsky said after his folk group’s first show Sunday in the 2008 World Folk Song Music Festival at the National Center for the Performing Arts, also known as “The Egg.” Malkovsky performed a matinee… More ▸

  • Contemporary Art Meets Chabad at New Exhibition in Moscow

    Billionaire art collectors, critics, socialites, gallery directors and other denizens of the international art scene were among the standard guests at the recent opening of a vast, new nonprofit contemporary art space in the Russian capital. But there was an unusual addition to the champagne-sipping crowd at the launch of The Garage Center for Contemporary… More ▸

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    The family of the policeman killed by Samir Kuntar is angry but not surprised that he has returned to terror. A video of the Lebanese Druse terrorist, who was responsible for the death of four Israelis, including a 4-year old girl and her father in a 1979 attack, was made public this week showing Kuntar… More ▸

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    A Jewish group will address the concerns of retired Israeli security officials who say their words were used out of context in a pro-Barack Obama video. Mik Moore, the co-executive director of the Jewish Council for Education and Research, said the Israeli producers of the film in support of the Democratic presidential candidate “have assured… More ▸

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    A pro-Israel think tank has pulled out of “The Obsession Project.” The decision by the Washington-based Endowment for Middle East Truth, or EMET, comes days after a Muslim advocacy group filed a complaint about the effort. EMET had agreed to write a policy paper and lead an educational outreach effort subsequent to the distribution of… More ▸

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    Paul Newman, actor, director, race car driver, liberal activist and philanthropist, died at 83. He died Friday at his farmhouse near Westport, Conn., following a long battle with cancer. Over a half-century long career, Newman acted in 59 movies and received 10 Oscar nominations. He won the best actor Academy Award in 1987 for his… More ▸

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    Yad Vashem has taken possession of copies of nearly 52,000 Holocaust video testimonies, giving it the world’s largest collection. The USC Shoah Foundation for Visual History and Education, which was started by famed director Steven Spielberg, provided the latest testimonies to Israel’s national Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem. The videos from the foundation at… More ▸

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    Valuable art stolen by the Nazis will be returned to relatives of the original collector, but they will not be able to bring the works home. The 32-piece collection of paintings and drawings had belonged to Jewish lawyer Emil Fruend, who died in 1942 in Poland’s Lodz Ghetto after being deported from Prague. The Jewish… More ▸