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In an alpine clinic for Jewish TB sufferers, a gauche young businessman thinks himself "outside the whole world and tarnishing it". Parasitic lung patients such as himself, so Ornik wails, "should be destroyed".

Michael Haas tells the tragic tale of a lost musical generation

In his new book, Forbidden Music: the Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis, Michael Haas, formerly music curator for the Jewish Museum in Vienna and an award-winning record producer, has set out to tell the full, devastating story of a lost generation.

Orthodox Jews set to lose out as Netanyahu approves Western Wall reform

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given his approval to a plan that will reform praying at Judaism's holiest location, the Western Wall, in a move that will wrest control of the site from orthodox Jews for the first time.

Carmen Weinstein: Leader of Egypt's Jewish community

Carmen Weinstein, who died on 13 April at the age of 82, was the leader of Egypt's dwindling and aging Jewish community, known for her tireless work preserving synagogues and a once-sprawling Jewish cemetery. She is due to be buried in the Bassatine cemetery she had worked to save since 1978. It is the only Jewish cemetery left in Cairo and is the largest in Egypt.

New York teacher under fire for assigning essay arguing that 'Jews are evil'

Students at Albany High School, in New York State, were asked to pretend to be Jew-hating Nazis in a class purporting to teach the art of persuasive writing

Police arrest Rabbi Susan Silverman and her daughter Hallel Abramowitz in February

The women whose prayers anger Israel’s ultra-Orthodox community

The arrest of Rabbi Susan Silverman attracted unexpected attention when her famous sister - the comedian Sarah Silverman - tweeted about it

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio

Dean of Durham calls on Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio to 'renounce fascism'

New Black Cats boss has made inflammatory remarks in the past

Nabucco, director: Nicola Luisotti

Nabucco, Royal Opera house, London

Topical references in programme notes printed in advance are risky, and Boris Berezovsky’s miserable demise has made Covent Garden’s essayist - for whom he represents the quintessential pampered exile - look silly.

Hebrew writing at Yamit, evacuated in 1982

Exodus: Fall of the Jews in Egypt

New film chronicles the near-extinction of a community with roots stretching back 3,000 years

Paperback review: Sisters, By Barbara Mortimer

These “Heroic true-life stories from the nurses of World War Two” are moving oral histories, spoken by nurses in short interview form.

Marian Farhat, who died on 17 March aged 64, was a Palestinian lawmaker known as “the mother of martyrs”

Mariam Farhat: Hamas activist known as 'the mother of martyrs'

Marian Farhat, who died on 17 March aged 64, was a Palestinian lawmaker known as "the mother of martyrs" who praised and supported three of her sons who were killed while carrying out deadly attacks against Israelis.

As Kate Middleton knows to her cost, board games cause rows, for royals and ordinary goyim alike

My hosts told me how brilliant the novelist Zoe Heller was at the game. It was calculated to get my competitive juices flowing.

Five-minute Memoir: Author Pam Jenoff recalls her uncle's murder confession

Some 13 years ago this April, the phone rang during dinnertime at my parents' house. My father's eyes widened as his younger brother babbled incoherently on the other end of the line. "He was apologising," my father said, puzzled. "He said that he loves us all."

Labour peer Lord Ahmed has been suspended by the party

'There's no place for anti-Semitism in the Labour party': Ed Miliband condemns Lord Ahmed over claims he blamed imprisonment on 'Jewish conspiracy'

Labour today suspended one of its Muslim peers after he appeared to blame a Jewish conspiracy for his imprisonment for dangerous driving.

Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel’s Prime Minister and leader of the Likud party, Mr Netanyahu is almost certainly going to remain in office after the 22 January elections. A canny political operator, Bibi, as he is widely known, was the first Israeli prime minister to be born in the country

After a delay of 51 days, Benjamin Netanyahu finally forms Israel's new government just ahead of deadline

After weeks of angry public exchanges and protracted negotiations, Benjamin Netanyahu finally formed Israel’s new government today hours before an extended deadline expired.

Benjamin Netanyahu forced to ask for more time to form Israel's next government

Benjamin Netanyahu has been forced to ask for more time to form Israel’s next government amid an increasingly hostile row with the parties he is expected to include in his coalition.

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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