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    Israel announced an investigation into the killing of a Reuters cameraman by its forces in the Gaza Strip. Following calls for a probe by Reuters and international watchdog groups, the Israeli military said Sunday it was gathering information to determine the circumstances behind the death of Fadel Shana. Shana was killed while filming a central… More ▸

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    The upcoming U.N. World Conference Against Racism in Geneva is likely to single out Israel for criticism. Observers expect next week’s forum, strongly influenced by Islamic countries, to once again gang up on Israel, the latest effort to isolate the country on the international stage. “Demonization and de-legitimization of Israel happens daily at the U.N…. More ▸

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    Reuters said that one of its cameramen who was killed in the Gaza Strip was hit by an Israeli tank shell. Fadel Shana died along with two other Palestinian civilians Wednesday as he tried to film fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas gunmen in central Gaza. Footage from Shana’s camera showed an Israeli tank firing… More ▸

  • Shatner Explores Passover Story in Dramatic Reading of Exodus

    Less than a month after the death of Charlton Heston, another of Hollywood’s great over-actors is taking center stage in the retelling of the Passover story. This week the Jewish Music Group is releasing “Exodus: An Oratorio In Three Parts,” a dramatic biblical reading by William Shatner accompanied by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. The album… More ▸

  • Jews Throw Darfur into the Mix at Olympic Torch Demonstration

    Tibet was on the minds and signs of most of the thousands of demonstrators who turned out to protest Chinese human rights abuses as the Olympic torch passed through San Francisco on its way to Beijing. But for about 100 green-shirted activists, including several Jewish luminaries, it was an opportunity for the Save Darfur Coalition… More ▸

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    Organizers of a traveling exhibit about Nazi deportations say serious obstacles are making a Berlin stop difficult. The organizers are planning a silent, candlelight march in Berlin on April 12, in memory of the 4,600 Jewish children and youth deported from the German capital during World War II. An estimated 1.5 million children were deported… More ▸

  • Does The Fly do Passover?

    An interview in The Independent with actor Jeff Goldblum takes a Jewish turn: I nudge him on to the firmer ground of Adam Resurrected. “It was intense,” he says of his role as Adam Stein, a Jewish former circus performer forced by a concentration-camp guard to pretend to be a German shepherd dog. “Paul [Schrader,… More ▸

  • State-of-the-art Szyk Haggadah Coming out in Limited Edition

    The latest work by Arthur Szyk is going for $15,000 — it’s a Haggadah. Irvin Ungar, an antiquarian bookseller and Szyk devotee, is publishing a new edition of Szyk’s 1940 Haggadah that he calls state of the art nearly 57 years after the painter and cartoonist’s death. “No Jewish artist has been more devoted to… More ▸

  • New St. Petersburg Shul is Key to Outreach on Passover

    The taste of liberation is spreading in St. Petersburg. It tastes like a saltless cracker: matzah. That’s because, with the recent opening of St. Petersburg’s new synagogue on the outskirts of the city, many of the 20,000 or so Jews who live in nearby neighborhoods will be celebrating Passover for the first time, local Jewish… More ▸

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    Charlton Heston, the actor who portrayed Moses in the epic film “The Ten Commandments,” has died. Heston died Saturday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 84 In August 2002, Heston said he had been diagnosed with neurological symptoms “consistent with Alzheimer’s disease” following a 1999 announcement that he was being treated for… More ▸