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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 ▸

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    A Jewish television channel is now available to Time Warner cable subscribers in New York and New Jersey. The Jewish Channel, a video-on-demand service, became available to 1.4 million Time Warner customers on June 11. For a monthly fee, subscribers can see on-demand programming on a range of Jewish topics. “Many have described us as… More ▸

  • No Joke: Carl and Rob Reiner Honored by Israeli Film Festival

    LOS ANGELES — “If I ever get the Nobel Prize, the headline is going to say ‘Meathead wins Nobel Prize,’ ” suggests actor-turned-director Rob Reiner, harking back to his role as Archie Bunker’s son-in-law during the 1970s run of “All in the Family.” “I’m very proud of that appellation,” he adds. “The show was an… More ▸

  • El Salvador Seeks Recognition for Little-known Nazi-era Rescue

    El Salvador is home to only 120 Jews, but this small Central American nation of 7 million has long portrayed itself as a solid friend of Israel and the Jewish people. For years, the Salvadoran government has condemned anti-Zionist resolutions at the United Nations, and until August 2006 it was one of only two countries… More ▸

  • During D.c. Visit, Olmert Eschews Goodbyes in Favor of Iran Talk

    Expressions of love, walks down memory lane, even the rain lashing the capital’s monuments. The latest meeting between Ehud Olmert and George Bush played out like the end of a movie romance. Only the Israeli prime minister says he’s not going anywhere because there is work to be done, especially when it comes to facing… More ▸

  • Beleaguered Olmert Receives Tepid Response to Aipac Remarks

    Dogged by political scandal at home, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert headed here this week in search of a friendly crowd at the annual AIPAC policy conference. While his tough talk on Iran drew strong applause from the pro-Israel audience, his calls for peace talks with Syria and the Palestinians fell flat. Speaking to some… More ▸

  • Is There More to ‘zohan’ Than a Bunch of Adam Sandler Jokes?

    At age 60, when even the more virile tend to slow down, Israel has replaced Italy as the native habitat of the sex stud. That’s the uplifting message from "You Don’t Mess With the Zohan," starring Adam Sandler in the title role of an Israeli super commando-turned-New York hairstylist. Co-script writer Robert Smigel says, "I… More ▸

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    Legendary French director Jean-Luc Godard withdrew from an Israeli film festival. Godard, a leader of the New Wave cinema of the 1960s, planned to fly into Tel Aviv on Saturday to officiate at the International Student Film Festival. But he canceled on short notice, a move event organizers said appeared to have been politically motivated…. More ▸

  • Canada’s Prime Minister Seen As Key to Growing Support for Israel

    For many Canadian Jews, the country’s prime minister has been more than just a breath of fresh air when it comes to support for Israel. They wonder whether Stephen Harper may be too good to be true. Elected with a minority Conservative government in January 2006, Harper has left an unmistakable record of solidly and… More ▸