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  • Ad Depicting Greedy Jew Airs in Slovakia Despite Protest

    A controversial television advertisement that depicts a Jew in traditional Orthodox garb trying to ratchet down the price of a chainsaw is being broadcast in Slovakia, a year after it elicited protests from Jews in the Czech Republic. The ad’s portrayal of a Jew as a stereotypical wheeler-dealer driving a hard bargain shouldn’t be an… More ▸

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    A French watchdog group condemned a French comedian for anti-Semitic behavior. The National Office of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism called for the state prosecutor to take action against Dieudonne. The comedian, who has been tried for anti-Semitism numerous times, gave a Dec. 15 performance in Paris in which he listed the names of Jewish artists and… More ▸

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    A French comedian who tried to suppress passages in a new book concerning his anti-Semitic remarks lost his case on appeal. Dieudonne, who has been repeatedly sued for his anti-Semitic comments, had won a case against the publishing house Editions Plon. More ▸

  • Comments by French Jewish Thinker on Recent Muslim Riots Stirring the Pot

    A prominent French Jewish intellectual has come under attack for criticizing the public reaction to recent Muslim riots as too sympathetic. Critics called Alain Finkielkraut racist for emphasizing the ethnicity and religion of the rioters in a Nov. 18 interview with Ha’aretz. Finkielkraut, 56, was quoted as saying that “in France there are also other… More ▸

  • Summoned by Israeli President, Jewish Leaders Consider New Forum

    Under the light of Chagall windows, dozens of senior Diaspora and Israeli leaders took their seats in the main hall of the Israeli president’s official residence to discuss the creation of a forum for the Jewish people. It was decided at the June 22-23 meeting that an annual gathering — to be called Beit Yisrael:… More ▸

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    An anti-racist comedy event was held in Paris. Some 3,000 people attended a comedy event Tuesday night in Paris called “Laugh at racism,” where some of France’s most well-known comedians performed. The goal of the event, which was co-sponsored by SOS-Racisme and the Union of French Jewish Students, was “to bring together comics and a… More ▸

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    Four Israelis are suspected of attacking a French comedian known for his anti-Semitic views. Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala was assaulted Wednesday while talking to reporters in the French island of Martinique, a day after the High Court of Appeals in Paris condemned his “obsessive anti-Semitism.” More ▸

  • Jewish Flavor at Oscar Awards, Often Strong, is Subtler This Year

    Jewish talent didn’t make the headlines at Sunday evening’s Academy Awards, but there was some consolation in the less-glamorous categories. Tom Rosenberg briefly shared the spotlight with Clint Eastwood as one of the three producers of best picture “Million Dollar Baby,” which also collected Oscars in the best director, actress and supporting actor categories. Charlie… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture from Entertainment Law in L.a. to Entertaining Troops Nationwide

    Robert Rosenthal, a self-described “typical Jewish boy from Manhattan and Scarsdale,” a onetime bull rider, filmmaker and country music addict, has morphed into the godfather of entertainment at military bases across the United States. The city boy’s unlikely transformation began when he was a kid. One summer he worked on a dude ranch in Arizona…. More ▸