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    A French diplomat accused Israelis of having a negative fixation with France. “There is a sort of anti-French neurosis in this country,” France’s ambassador to Israel, Gerard Araud, told Israel Radio on Thursday, heaping special criticism on the Gallic caricatures of television comedian Eli Yatzpan. “The Israelis are convinced the French are anti-Israel.” The Foreign… More ▸

  • To Combat Anti-semitism, Cartoonist Turns to Old Jewish Staple — Humor

    Israeli cartoonist Ya’akov Kirschen, whose Dry Bones comic strip has appeared in Jewish newspapers for more than 30 years, is aiming his pen in a new direction. Enlisting the help of Mr. Shuldig and his dog Doobie, along with their other bulbous-nosed, wide-eyed cartoon friends, the artist has formed a nonprofit organization called The Dry… More ▸

  • Opinion a Democrat for Bush? the Fight Against Terrorism Outweighs All else

    I support the re-election of President George W. Bush. Why? Because I believe one issue overwhelms all others: the president’s strong commitment to fight the forces of international terrorism, regardless of how much it costs or how long it takes to achieve victory. I do not agree with President Bush on a single major domestic… More ▸

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    British Jews consider U.S. presidential contender Sen. John Kerry one of the most important Jews of the 21st century, a new survey says. The presumptive Democratic nominee for president — who is a Catholic but whose grandfather, Fritz Kohn, was Jewish — was on a list that included film director Steven Spielberg, architect Daniel Liebeskind,… More ▸

  • Obituary Comedian Alan King Was Model for Jerry Seinfeld and Billy Crystal

    Many young Americans know comedian Alan King’s work — they just don’t realize it. The observational style of King, who died this week of lung cancer at age 76, was a model for younger comedians such as Billy Crystal and Jerry Seinfeld. Crystal, a close friend, was one of those who paid tribute to King… More ▸

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    A French comedian facing charges for performing an allegedly anti-Semitic sketch on TV is running for the European Parliament. Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala joined with a group of pro-Palestinian activists heading the Euro-Palestine Party list, which announced it would field candidates for the Paris region in elections next month. At the new party’s launch Wednesday, leaders… More ▸

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    Celebrities from architect Daniel Libeskind to sex adviser Dr. Ruth will attend a pre-Passover seder in New York. Other stars, including rock singer Perry Farrell, composer Steve Reich, author Douglas Rushkoff, comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara and actor Theodore Bikel, are due to gather at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial… More ▸

  • In Israel, Public Holds Its Breath to See How Hamas Will Respond

    In the eerie emptiness of malls and open-air markets, in the nervous jokes Israelis make before taking their seat at cafes and in the anxious glances bus riders exchange, it’s understood that the waiting game has begun. Israel is a country hanging in grim suspense — wondering when, where and how Hamas will exact its… More ▸

  • Chopped Liver Gets a Mention, but No Jewish Wins on Oscar Night

    If Jewish Hollywood fans had something to be excited about on Oscar night, it wasn’t the success of Jews on the silver screen. Though the 76th Academy Awards brought much cheer to New Zealand, home of “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” which took home a whopping 11 Oscars, it brought… More ▸