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Batwoman producer confirms superhero character played by Ruby Rose in CW series is Jewish
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Batwoman producer confirms superhero character played by Ruby Rose in CW series is Jewish

DC Comics introduced Batwoman as Kathy Kane in 1956 but her character was reintroduced in 2006 as Kate Kane.

The Stories in My Life: Isaac Bashevis Singer's story set in Warsaw just before WWII explores complex ideas with simplicity
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The Stories in My Life: Isaac Bashevis Singer's story set in Warsaw just before WWII explores complex ideas with simplicity

The short story Pigeons was written by Isaac Bashevis Singer in Yiddish and later translated into English jointly by the author and Elizabeth Shub.

Facebook must stick to German laws that ban Holocaust denial, says Berlin
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Facebook must stick to German laws that ban Holocaust denial, says Berlin

Mark Zuckerberg said in an interview that he was Jewish and found it offensive to deny the Holocaust.

Palestinian man shot dead at Gaza-Israel border, death toll from March increases to 125
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Palestinian man shot dead at Gaza-Israel border, death toll from March increases to 125

A Palestinian man was shot dead by the Israeli army when he was trying to breach the Gaza- Israel border. The army said that they were thwarting an 'infiltration attempt' by the 'terrorist'.

Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposes early polls as graft probes intensify
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Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposes early polls as graft probes intensify

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he opposes early elections, as corruption probes linked to him intensify speculation over his future.

101 Traces: Sarah Aunty's Embroidery Shop in Kochi sells specialty Jewish items
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101 Traces: Sarah Aunty's Embroidery Shop in Kochi sells specialty Jewish items

Sarah Aunty is one of the last 'Malabar Jews', as the Jewish people from Kochi are also known. The 95-year-old's world famous store, Sarah Cohen's Hand Embroidery, sells Jewish specialty items in 'Jew Town', Mattancherry in Kerala. Her Muslim caretaker, Thaha Ibrahim, shares a touching relationship with her. He fondly remembers the glory days of Jew Town, when both sides of the street were home to members of the Jewish community.

Benjamin Netanyahu says no govt did as much to boost Jewish settlement in Israel
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Benjamin Netanyahu says no govt did as much to boost Jewish settlement in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that his government had done more than all its predecessors to boost Jewish settlement.

101 Heartland: The Muslim gatekeepers of Kolkata's Jewish synagogues who have been doing this work for generations
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101 Heartland: The Muslim gatekeepers of Kolkata's Jewish synagogues who have been doing this work for generations

Muslim caretakers have maintained the three main Jewish synagogues of Kolkata for generations, displaying a shining testament to communal harmony in times of discord.

Kerry warns Israel settlements threaten democracy; Netanyahu says Israelis don't need to be lectured
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Kerry warns Israel settlements threaten democracy; Netanyahu says Israelis don't need to be lectured

In a stern parting shot, US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Israel on Wednesday that building settlements on Palestinian land threatens the country's very future as a democracy.

Philippines' Duterte apologises to Jewish community after Nazi remarks
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Philippines' Duterte apologises to Jewish community after Nazi remarks | Reuters

MANILA Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte apologised "profoundly and deeply" to the Jewish community on Sunday, and said his references to the Holocaust while discussing his war on drugs were to hit back at critics who had likened him to Adolf Hitler.Duterte said he recognised the comments made in the early hours of Friday had caused outrage among Jewish communities around the world, but he insisted his mention of the Nazi leader was to show how opponents had sought to portray him."I would like to make it now, here and now, that there was never an intention on my part to derogate the memory of the six million Jews murdered," he said in a speech at a festival carried live on television."The reference to me was, I was supposedly Hitler, who killed many people."He added: "I apologise profoundly and deeply to the Jewish community ... it was never my intention, but the problem was I was criticised, using Hitler comparing to me." More than 3,100 people have been killed since Duterte took office three months ago and launched a promised drugs war that was the bedrock of his campaign for elections, which he won by a large margin.Most of those killed so far have been drug users and pushers, with some deaths during shootouts in police operations and others the work of vigilantes, police say.Duterte, 71, has been nicknamed "the Punisher" for his tough stance on crime.

US activists call for a lift on ban of religious headgear in sporting activities
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US activists call for a lift on ban of religious headgear in sporting activities

Over 50 interfaith and advocacy organisations have called on the International Basketball Federation to lift its ban on religious headgear that bars Muslim, Sikh and Jewish athletes from competing on a professional level and "defies human rights norms".

Spain condemns cancellation of Jewish musician at reggae festival
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Spain condemns cancellation of Jewish musician at reggae festival | Reuters

MADRID The Spanish government condemned on Tuesday a Spanish reggae festival's decision to cancel a concert by an American Jewish musician after he failed to reply to a demand to clarify his position on Palestinian statehood.

Palestinian toddler killed in West Bank; Jewish arsonists suspected
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Palestinian toddler killed in West Bank; Jewish arsonists suspected | Reuters

DUMA, West Bank Suspected Jewish attackers torched a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank on Friday, killing an 18-month-old child and seriously injuring his parents and brother, an act that Israel's prime minister described as terrorism.

Netanyahu warns Obama on Iran deal, says he means no disrespect
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Netanyahu warns Obama on Iran deal, says he means no disrespect

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Monday that the nuclear deal it is negotiating with Iran could threaten Israel's survival and insisted he had a "moral obligation" to speak up about deep differences with President Barack Obama on the issue. Even as he set the stage for a Washington visit that has strained U.S.-Israeli relations, Netanyahu sought to lower the temperature ahead of his controversial address to Congress on Tuesday, saying he meant no disrespect for Obama and appreciated U.S

No to Netanyahu: Jews' loyalty to Denmark runs deep
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No to Netanyahu: Jews' loyalty to Denmark runs deep

COPENHAGEN/PARIS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's calls for Jews to move to Israel after attacks in Paris and Copenhagen may strike a chord with thousands of French Jews but will likely fall on deaf ears in Denmark. While French Jews are moving to Israel at an unprecedented rate, Danish Jews embrace their country. Denmark has a generous welfare system and a healthy economy, and Sunday's attack on a synagogue may do little to change the loyalties of Danish Jews.

Jewish groups rap German anti-Semitism commission for omitting Jews
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Jewish groups rap German anti-Semitism commission for omitting Jews

BERLIN (Reuters) - Jewish groups in Germany sharply criticised a new government commission on anti-Semitism on Tuesday, saying the lack of a single Jewish member on the panel was scandalous and pledging to set up a rival body. Germany's interior ministry set up a group of experts last year to help fight anti-Semitism and boost Jewish life in Germany amid concern that hostility towards Jews was growing, due partly to Muslim radicals responding to Israeli policies

Charlie Hebdo to publish Mohammad cartoon on front page
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Charlie Hebdo to publish Mohammad cartoon on front page

PARIS/BOBIGNY, France (Reuters) - Charlie Hebdo will publish a front page showing a caricature of the Prophet Mohammad holding a sign saying "Je suis Charlie" in its first edition since Islamist gunmen attacked the satirical newspaper. With demand surging for the edition due on Wednesday, the weekly planned to print up to 3 million copies, dwarfing its usual run of 60,000, after newsagents reported a rush of orders

'I'm free,' says American after five years held in Cuba
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'I'm free,' says American after five years held in Cuba

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The messages from Alan Gross had grown increasingly ominous. In May, on his 65th birthday, the former U.S. aid worker said he would rather die than spend another birthday in a Cuban prison

Anti-Semitic incidents on rise in France, says minister
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Anti-Semitic incidents on rise in France, says minister

PARIS (Reuters) - Anti-Semitic threats and incidents have more than doubled so far this year in France, said the interior minister at a rally on Sunday to protest a violent attack on a young Jewish couple. Three men were detained by police and appeared before an investigative judge on Wednesday in relation to the day-time home invasion in the Paris suburb of Creteil in which a 19-year-old woman was raped

Netanyahu seeks early election, fires top ministers
World

Netanyahu seeks early election, fires top ministers

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sacked his finance and justice ministers on Tuesday, signalling the break up of his bickering coalition and opening the way for early national elections in Israel.