History

The Germans who bugged for Britain

By Simon Rocker and Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2012

The story of the code-breakers at Bletchley Park who secretly intercepted German military communications during World War Two has been justly celebrated in recent years.

But later this year a TV company hopes to reveal details about another covert British intelligence operation which helped the war effort.

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Artist drawn to support restored East End shul

By Jessica Elgot, May 3, 2012

An illustration of a historic East End synagogue is set to earn £20,000 for its restoration fund.

Illustrator Lucinda Rogers - who has worked for newspapers including the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph - produced the orange, red and pink image of Sandys Row Synagogue last year.

"I wanted her to record the moment just before the synagogue went for its £500,000 restoration," Sandys Row boa

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Teacher accused over 'Nazi' jibe during history lesson

By Sandy Rashty, May 2, 2012

An American teacher was arrested earlier this week after being accused of hauling a student across the classroom and shrieking "this is what the Nazis do to Jews".

Police in South Carolina have confirmed that Patricia Mulholland pulled the 12 year old schoolboy to the floor by his collar during a history lesson. She was also said to have shouted "burn Jew" at the pupil.

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Saving up fuel for a rainy day

By Simon Round, March 29, 2012

We British (as opposed to we Jews) love a crisis. Which is just as well because there are two coming along at once.

You may have noticed, particularly if you live on the eastern side of the country, that the wet stuff that used to fall from the sky - I forget what it's called after all this time - has failed to do so for so long that the government has decided to ban all use of water.

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El Al boss makes flying visit

By Simon Rocker, March 29, 2012

The head of El Al, General Eliezer Shkedi, has said in London that the airline should not fly on Shabbat and should continue to serve kosher meals, despite the cost.

As "the civil wings of Israel and of the Jewish nation", it was not just "a regular airline," he declared.

General Shkedi became president and chief executive of El Al in 2009 after serving for five years as Commander of the Isr

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He survived the Titanic shipwreck, and became a Manchester legend

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 29, 2012

Pistols were firing, children were being dragged from their mothers, and men stampeded in panic. But this was not a German concentration camp. It was the sinking of the Titanic, as witnessed by a British Jewish survivor.

One hundred years ago, survivor Joseph Hyman told the New York Herald: "We sat there silent, we were terror-stricken.

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Nose-job video 'offensive'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

A supposedly comical ditty about rhinoplasty, performed by a Jewish musician, has raised questions about body image and religious stereotypes in the US.

The trouble started after a Miami plastic surgeon nicknamed "Dr Schnoz" commissioned Jewish punk rock group The Groggers to help him use social media to reach Jews between the ages of 15 and 30.

But it subsequently emerged that in return for

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Sir Martin Gilbert wins prestigious Israeli prize

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2012

The British historian Sir Martin Gilbert has won a prestigious Israeli prize honouring achievements of outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact.

Sir Martin, the official biographer of Winston Churchill and the author of 80 studies including of Israeli and Jewish history, was named as the recipient of the $1 million Dan David prize earlier today.

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How UK feared and fawned over Mubarak

By Bernard Josephs, December 29, 2011

A frank Foreign Office assessment of Hosni Mubarak appears in a 1980 document just released by the National Archive.

Mr Mubarak, then Egypt's vice president, is described as a "friendly and cheerful" personality but the Foreign Office warned that his "affable exterior concealed a degree of ruthlessness".

Mr Mubarak was considered by British officials to be the most likely successor to Presi

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Anniversary marked at Mumbai synagogue

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2011

The Jewish community of Mumbai has marked 150 years since the founding of a synagogue by Jews from Baghdad.

The Magen David Synagogue in Byculla was built in 1861 by the former leader of the Baghdadi Jewish community and is one of the oldest in the country.

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