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  • Tales from the Crib: Jolie’s Jewish Ob-gyn Speaks

    Angelina Jolie brought her twins into the world on Shabbat. That fact may have been overlooked last Saturday by the thousands of media outlets covering the birth, which took place at Lenval Hospital’s Santa Maria Clinic. But the timing did not escape Dr. Michel Sussmann, Jolie’s Jewish obstetrician. Sussmann, a former vice president of Nice’s… More ▸

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    Five Australian Jewish leaders will meet Pope Benedict XVI when he visits Sydney next week. The meeting was announced amid continuing concerns about a planned re-enactment of the stations of the cross. Some 40 interfaith leaders — including Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and others — will meet the pope during his first Australian visit. Benedict is… More ▸

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    A former trainer for Alex Rodriguez said the star ballplayer’s interest in Kabbalah caused the break-up of his marriage. Cynthia Rodriguez filed for divorce Monday in Miami saying the New York Yankee “emotionally abandoned” her. Trainer Dodd Romero told the ABC television show “Good Morning America” Monday that the pop singer Madonna “brainwashed” Rodriguez by… More ▸

  • French Jewry to Sarkozy: Investigate Al-dura Incident

    The organized Jewish community in France is publicly calling on President Nicolas Sarkozy to launch an investigation into the controversial television broadcast of an alleged Israeli shooting of a 12-year-old Palestinian boy. Last week’s call by CRIF, the umbrella Jewish organization, increased the pressure on the French government to intervene in the 8-year-old debate over… More ▸

  • Arab Attack in Jerusalem Leaves 3 Dead, Dozens Injured

    The deadly terrorist attack by an Arab bulldozer driver on a crowded street here Wednesday raised questions anew about how Israeli authorities can protect against attacks by lone assailants from eastern Jerusalem. At least three people were killed and dozens injured in the noontime attack on Jaffa Road. Husam Duwayat, a 30-year-old father of two… More ▸

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    An Israeli court rejected a libel suit against a pro-Palestinian documentary about the battle of Jenin. Petach Tikvah District Court on Sunday turned down the suit filed by five Israeli veterans of the 2002 fighting in the West Bank town against Mohammed Bakri, the director of the film “Jenin, Jenin.” The plaintiffs alleged that Bakri,… More ▸

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    The Australian government will host a weeklong festival in Israel next year. By endorsing a plan for the G’day Israel Festival, the government hopes to raise Australia’s profile in Israel. An initiative of the Australia Israel Cultural Exchange, the festival is planned for June 21-29, 2009 in various venues across the Holy Land. Among the… More ▸

  • JTA Earns Four Awards from Jewish Press Group

    JTA garnered three first-place awards from the American Jewish Press Association at its annual meeting this week in Washington, including in the investigative reporting category for the fifth straight year. JTA, which won a total of four 2007 Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism, also took top honors in the photography category and… More ▸

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    The annual Australian Film Festival opened in Sderot as a gesture of solidarity with its embattled residents. The festival, which opened Sunday night, usually premieres in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter officially opened the festival with Sen. Michael Forshaw, one of the Australian Parliaments’ most pro-Israel advocates, among the full-house crowd… More ▸

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    “Sex and the City” star Kristin Davis visited Israel. Davis, who plays Jewish convert Charlotte York on the popular HBO series and hit movie, was in Israel as part of her position as spokeswoman for Israel’s Ahava skin products, The Associated Press reported. The actress toured Jerusalem’s Old City Tuesday. During a press conference, Davis… More ▸