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    Edward Zwick’s new feature film “Defiance,” which opens in the U.S. in September, is also a family film about the Bielski clan, writes Adam Gopnick in The New Yorker: The film is still a family film, though, since it tells the largely unknown and entirely true story of the Bielski brothers’ brigade: of how Tuvia,… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Two retired Israeli security officials have been edited out of a pro-Barack Obama video. Former Mossad director Ephraim Halevy and retired Gen. Uzi Dayan had complained that they were not aware that interviews they had done this summer about the United States presidential candidates would be used in a video endorsing Obama. They were among… More ▸

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    A lawsuit against the author of a fabricated Holocaust memoir was dismissed by a Massachusetts judge. Publisher Jane Daniel had sued Misha Defonseca, the author of the 1997 book “Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust Years,” and her ghostwriter Vera Lee to overturn a $32.4 million court judgment the writers had won against Daniel in… More ▸

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    The family of the policeman killed by Samir Kuntar is angry but not surprised that he has returned to terror. A video of the Lebanese Druse terrorist, who was responsible for the death of four Israelis, including a 4-year old girl and her father in a 1979 attack, was made public this week showing Kuntar… More ▸

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    A Jewish group will address the concerns of retired Israeli security officials who say their words were used out of context in a pro-Barack Obama video. Mik Moore, the co-executive director of the Jewish Council for Education and Research, said the Israeli producers of the film in support of the Democratic presidential candidate “have assured… More ▸

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    A pro-Israel think tank has pulled out of “The Obsession Project.” The decision by the Washington-based Endowment for Middle East Truth, or EMET, comes days after a Muslim advocacy group filed a complaint about the effort. EMET had agreed to write a policy paper and lead an educational outreach effort subsequent to the distribution of… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Paul Newman, actor, director, race car driver, liberal activist and philanthropist, died at 83. He died Friday at his farmhouse near Westport, Conn., following a long battle with cancer. Over a half-century long career, Newman acted in 59 movies and received 10 Oscar nominations. He won the best actor Academy Award in 1987 for his… More ▸

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    An animated documentary about the Lebanon War won best film at Israel’s Academy Awards. “Waltz with Bashir,” which follows director Ari Folman’s attempts to fill in the holes in his memory regarding his army service during the first Lebanon War, took six Ophir Awards Tuesday night. It will be Israel’s entry in the best foreign… More ▸

  • A-listers Turn out for Israel’s Hollywood Bash

    There were Hollywood stars and powerful studio heads, politicians and multinational rappers, Israeli Cabinet ministers and dancers, two dozen Israeli Scouts, a 3-D film segment, a tennis legend, comedians, resounding shofars, electronic fireworks and tables groaning with biblical fruits. They all came out for the Sept. 18 festivities marking Israel’s 60th anniversary and honoring Israeli-born… More ▸

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    Hollywood celebrities marked Israel’s 60th anniversary by honoring an Israeli-born movie producer. Actors Warren Beatty, Annette Bening and Jason Alexander, singer Seal and tennis player Serena Williams were among those who attended the Sept. 18 event at Paramount Studios honoring Arnon Milchan, who produced such movies as "Pretty Woman" and "L.A. Confidential," according to the… More ▸