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  • Comments by French Jewish Thinker on Recent Muslim Riots Stirring the Pot

    A prominent French Jewish intellectual has come under attack for criticizing the public reaction to recent Muslim riots as too sympathetic. Critics called Alain Finkielkraut racist for emphasizing the ethnicity and religion of the rioters in a Nov. 18 interview with Ha’aretz. Finkielkraut, 56, was quoted as saying that “in France there are also other… More ▸

  • Summoned by Israeli President, Jewish Leaders Consider New Forum

    Under the light of Chagall windows, dozens of senior Diaspora and Israeli leaders took their seats in the main hall of the Israeli president’s official residence to discuss the creation of a forum for the Jewish people. It was decided at the June 22-23 meeting that an annual gathering — to be called Beit Yisrael:… More ▸

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    An anti-racist comedy event was held in Paris. Some 3,000 people attended a comedy event Tuesday night in Paris called “Laugh at racism,” where some of France’s most well-known comedians performed. The goal of the event, which was co-sponsored by SOS-Racisme and the Union of French Jewish Students, was “to bring together comics and a… More ▸

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    Four Israelis are suspected of attacking a French comedian known for his anti-Semitic views. Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala was assaulted Wednesday while talking to reporters in the French island of Martinique, a day after the High Court of Appeals in Paris condemned his “obsessive anti-Semitism.” More ▸

  • Jewish Flavor at Oscar Awards, Often Strong, is Subtler This Year

    Jewish talent didn’t make the headlines at Sunday evening’s Academy Awards, but there was some consolation in the less-glamorous categories. Tom Rosenberg briefly shared the spotlight with Clint Eastwood as one of the three producers of best picture “Million Dollar Baby,” which also collected Oscars in the best director, actress and supporting actor categories. Charlie… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture from Entertainment Law in L.a. to Entertaining Troops Nationwide

    Robert Rosenthal, a self-described “typical Jewish boy from Manhattan and Scarsdale,” a onetime bull rider, filmmaker and country music addict, has morphed into the godfather of entertainment at military bases across the United States. The city boy’s unlikely transformation began when he was a kid. One summer he worked on a dude ranch in Arizona…. More ▸

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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 ▸