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  • The Guardian backs down

    Stephen Pollard
    Apr 23, 2012

    I've just heard that the Guardian has agreed to post a correction to their diary story.

    Having libelled me by implying that I lied to their reporter, they now accept they got it wrong and are about to post this:

    "In a diary item about the presence of blogs by Carlos Cortiglia, the BNP's
    mayoral candidate, on the Jewish Chronicle website we stated that the blogs were
    still available on November 23. We went on to say that this "conflicts" with the
    editor of the JC, Stephen Pollard's,  account "that he became aware of
    Cortiglia's blog and deleted all trace of it 'last September' ". To clarify: he
    told the Guardian's reporter that "in September we were alerted to the fact that
    Cortiglia had set up a user blog and the moment we were told, we blocked him and
    changed [the] entire system". Mr Pollard has asked us to point out that this was
    not meant to imply that all traces of the blogs had been deleted in September –
    in fact the measure he took at that time was to block Cortiglia's access. He
    ordered the blogs to be deleted more recently."

  • The Guardian's libel of me

    Stephen Pollard
    Apr 23, 2012

    UPDATE:

    I've just heard from the Guardian at last that they accept the need for a clarification and will be posting this:

    "In a diary item about the presence of blogs by Carlos Cortiglia, the BNP's
    mayoral candidate, on the Jewish Chronicle website we stated that the blogs were
    still available on November 23. We went on to say that this "conflicts" with the
    editor of the JC, Stephen Pollard's, account "that he became aware of
    Cortiglia's blog and deleted all trace of it 'last September' ". To clarify: he
    told the Guardian's reporter that "in September we were alerted to the fact that
    Cortiglia had set up a user blog and the moment we were told, we blocked him and
    changed [the] entire system". Mr Pollard has asked us to point out that this was
    not meant to imply that all traces of the blogs had been deleted in September –
    in fact the measure he took at that time was to block Cortiglia's access. He
    ordered the blogs to be deleted more recently."

  • What Mel Gibson could learn from Lady Bracknell

    Jennifer Lipman
    Apr 12, 2012

    So, does Mel Gibson really “hate Jews” quite as much as Joe Eszterhas claims he does?

    According to Eszterhas, Gibson is an unrepentant antisemite, who used him to clean up his reputation after that infamous drink-driving anti-Jew rant, and all the rest. Mel Gibson will no longer star as Judah Maccabee, the Jewish hero and warrior, or at least not in the Warner Bros version of the film as scripted by Eszterhas.

    Eszterhas’ private letter to the actor, made public on a gossip website as all good Hollywood take-downs are these days, includes some pretty strong accusations; Gibson wanting to convert Jews through the film (he thinks his acting is just that damn good?), rubbishing the Holocaust (that old faithful) and repeating the blood libel of “the sacrifice of Christian babies and infants” (FYI, Mel, that’s not what the Torah says).

  • Drake's "re-barmitzvah"

    Marcus Dysch
    Apr 11, 2012

    Canadian rapper Drake is one of the hottest names in the music industry at the moment.

    His collaborations with Rihanna have propelled him to the higher echelons of the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. He has written tracks for, and performed with, global megastars including Eminem, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Alicia Keys. Drake has almost seven million Twitter followers.

    Drake – whose real name is Aubrey Graham – was born in Toronto in October 1986, the son of an African-American father and Canadian-Jewish mother, who sent him to a Jewish school and ensured he had a barmitzvah.

  • The Sheikh, the minister and the shambles

    Marcus Dysch
    Apr 11, 2012

    What a mess.

    From start to finish Raed Salah's deportation has been an utter shambles. The latest ruling – this time from the Upper Immigration Tribunal – arguably only deepens the sense that the authorities have lost control of the case.

    For Mr Ockelton and his colleagues to have ruled that the blood libel was invoked and admitted that Jews would be offended by Sheikh Salah’s comments, but ultimately found in his favour, only adds to the confusion.

  • Seth Cohen, still the same after all these Chismukkahs

    Jennifer Lipman
    Apr 5, 2012

    If someone (me?) was ever to rank television's greatest Jewish characters, my vote might go Seth Cohen, the geeky, Jew-fro-sporting, wisecrack-making son of Kirsten and Sandy in the pop culture phenomenon that was The OC.

    Josh Schwartz's drama series might have centred on the lives of the rich and fabulous in Southern California, but at the heart of the affair was an idealistic Jewish lawyer from the Bronx and his son.

    Adam Brody, the actor who brought Seth to life for four seasons, has been out of the spotlight since the series wrapped. But according to New York Magazine, he's back. In an interview with him this week, there was a gem that could have come from the mouth of Seth himself.

  • Angels of Mersey

    Marcus Dysch
    Apr 3, 2012

    Among the most valuable work being done to help Jewish students around the country is that of the dozens of chaplaincy families employed by organisations representing all spectrums of Jewish life.

    New BBC documentary Angels of Mersey follows chaplains of all religions working in Liverpool. Among them is Rabbi Shmuli Brown, Chabad’s representative at universities in the city.

    Last night’s episode showed him at work and featured his efforts to engage with young Jews arriving for Freshers’ Week. Rabbi Brown explained how he is contacted by worried parents and carries out meticulous online research to find out who will be studying on Merseyside and what assistance they might need.

  • Ken means I can't back Labour

    Jessica Elgot
    Mar 28, 2012

    I'm thinking of starting a support group. Our community is full of charities and counselling services covering every cough, spit and ailment in the medical dictionary. But I think we need another.

    I'd call it "I used to vote Labour, but now I don't know what to do." To those six Labour supporters who wrote a letter to Ed Miliband last week, expressing their concerns about Ken Livingstone's obsession with Israel, to the brave Jonathan Freedland, I say: "Comrades! You are not alone!" Together, I daresay we could add hundreds of signatures to that letter. Figures seem to suggest one in three Labour voters won't back Ken.

    I imagine we'd sit in a semi-circle, heads in our hands, recalling how Ken campaigned for Lutfur Rahman - an independent with alleged links to the Islamic Forum of Europe - to be mayor of Tower Hamlets, rather than the Labour candidate. We'd grimace at the memory of his chumminess with controversial Islamic cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi.