The Diary

Lieberman in London

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman will be making one of his rare visits to these shores later this month. His schedule includes an interview with commentator Douglas Murray for JNF UK.

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Sorry, says Scots office

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

The Crown Office in Scotland apologised after it referred, in a report (later corrected) of student Paul Donnachie's failed legal appeal, to the desecration of a "Jewish" - instead of an "Israeli" - flag.

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Happy Chanucah Yossi

By Jessica Elgot, April 19, 2012

Two of Israel's hottest young talents used Twitter to wish each other happy holidays. Supermodel Bar Refaeli jetted back to Tel Aviv for Passover, but wished fellow Israeli Chelsea footballerYossi Benayoun a happy "Hanuka". Realising her error, she wrote: "The modeling is effecting [sic] my brains." Mr Benayoun responded, "Happy Pesach to you and your family ."

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Archive of a genius

By Jessica Elgot, April 19, 2012

Picking the brains of the world's most famous physicist is a popular pastime, according to the Hebrew University.

The university has launched an expanded archive of 80,000 Albert Einstein-related documents – which received 21 million hits in just five days, from 160 countries.

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Ozick oldest orange nominee

By Jessica Elgot, April 19, 2012

And then there was one. Out of five American Jewish writers longlisted for this year's Orange Prize, just one has made the shortlist. Octogenarian Cynthia Ozick is the oldest writer to be shortlisted for the prize.

She is on the shortlist of six for her seventh novel, Foreign Bodies.

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Free the Glasgow coffee

By Jessica Elgot, April 19, 2012

Coffee lovers at the headquarters of BBC Scotland in Glasgow were disappointed on Tuesday when they discovered the café had been shut.

The reason? Around 20 Palestinian protesters had occupied the lobby of the building demanding mainstream media coverage for the 2,400 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons who started hunger strikes this week.

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Award for Brit abroad

By Jessica Elgot, April 19, 2012

A mazel tov is in order for expat Brit Russell Zeid, who will receive a Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for scientific contributions to the Royal Canadian Insitute. Proud parents Monty and Dolores told the JC about their mechanical engineer son's achievements in Toronto

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Labour Succot, Simchat Tories

By Simon Rocker, April 6, 2012

Somebody ought to take a mobile synagogue around the party conferences this year. The last day of the Lib Dems' coincides with Yom Kippur, Labour's covers the first two days of Succot, while the Conservatives will be doing business over Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.

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A singing date with Jessie J

By Simon Rocker, April 6, 2012

Former JFS pupil Samantha Neal, from Bushey, will experience a taste of stardom today when she gets to sing at a concert with Jessie J in Chelsea as the winner of MasterCard's Priceless Duets competition.

Her winning video, picked by Jessie J herself, beat nearly 11,000 applicants.

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Meet our youngest soap star

By Simon Rocker, April 6, 2012

Joshua Jacobs, two-and-a-half, has been on the TV screen rather a lot of late as George, the son of murdered mum Heather Trott, in BBC soap EastEnders.

When parents Radley and Amanda Jacobs of North-West London signed him with the Scallywags agency, "we hoped he might get a modelling job or a TV ad," Radley said. "Two weeks later, we got a call asking if he would like to audition.

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