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Manchester reader Ya'akov Wise sends us the following update:
A former Manchester woman was on the number 13 bus in Jerusalem at noon on Wednesday and was saved because she did not want to embarrass a smelly tramp who was sitting next to her. Corinne Silver, formerly of Tewkesbury Drive Prestwich and a part-time employee of the Manchester Beth Din, left the bus two stops before an Arab worker drove his bulldozer into it and overturning it.
Mrs Silver who now works as a house mother at a seminary for girls near Jerusalem said: "I went to Jerusalem and after seeing my son Yosef got the number 13 bus from his office towards the central bus station. The bus was full but eventually I got a seat and then, a really smelly tramp came and sat next to me, the smell was overwhelming and I decided, 'ha just what I need...'
Sacha Baron-Cohen, now "disguised" as a German rock star, has been set loose on the Middle East... and respected analyst Yossi Alpher still doesn't quite get (or appreciate) the joke.
The Telegraph's coverage of the terror attack in Jerusalem yesterday is somewhat sickening. Accompanying a full-length report - which does not even name the victims, most of whom were named early evening UK time - is a box focusing solely on the murderer. And the paper seems to swallow whole the story spun by his family, that he was "heartbroken" following a failed romance with a young Jewish woman several years ago. As if this could ever explain or justify murder; as if this is where our sympathies should lie. What on earth are they thinking?