The Diary

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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Olympics' Jerusalem problem

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

The diplomatic status of Jerusalem is a source of endless dispute and this week it was the official website for the London Olympics which found itself caught in the middle.

In its profile of participating countries, the site listed Jerusalem as capital of "Palestine", while Israel's capital city was left as a blank space.

"After the error was pointed out to them, they then switched it on the

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How Shapps rapped it up

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

Housing Minister Grant Shapps likes to take the mike, he revealed to the Guardian. He said he had done a karaoke turn in the local pub the other night. His choice: the Sugar Hill Gang's Rappers Delight. Oy gevalt!

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The US goes to Gateshead

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

United Synagogue president Stephen Pack recently went up to see Gateshead Rav, Shraga Faivel Zimmerman. Could the Tyneside Torah leader be moving south, to St John's Wood, by any chance? Not on the cards, I am told.

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Junior Taubs take the laurels

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

No doubt who the stars were at the Israeli Embassy's Independence Day party in London last week: Ambassador Daniel Taub's children(two of whom are depicted below).

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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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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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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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