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Funding boost helps survivor film

By Charlotte Oliver, August 25, 2016

Three filmmakers have achieved their goal of raising the £15,000 needed to complete their documentary on Holocaust survivors.

Paul Mortlock, Michael Bentwood and Geoff Brooks, from Manchester, had started production on The Kindness of Strangers, a film that features in-depth interviews with three Shoah survivors, a United States army veteran who helped to liberate a concentration camp, and a f

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No room for gesture musician

By Josh Jackman, August 25, 2016

A songwriter who caused controversy with an antisemitic quenelle gesture is not expected to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year.

Alison Chabloz claimed on Tuesday that her 45-minute show Tell Me More Lies would run for four days during the festival at a central venue. But the site did not include her in its online listings.

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Could this buccaneering rabbi uncover the lost Ark?

By Daniel Sugarman, August 25, 2016

He is described as the Jewish Indiana Jones, but where Harrison Ford played the role of a fictional archaeologist, Harry Moskoff is a real-life rabbi, explorer and treasure hunter.

And he believes he knows where the Ark of the Covenant is hidden.

A film director, inventor and writer, Mr Moskoff describes himself as a "buccaneer".

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Parole for fraud brother

By Daniel Sugarman, August 25, 2016

Solomon Marrache, one of three Jewish brothers jailed for fraud in Gibraltar, has been released from prison on parole after serving a third of his seven-year sentence.

Solomon, Benjamin and Isaac Marrache were found guilty in 2014 after proceedings lasting 10 months - the longest trial in Gibraltar's history.

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'Inspirational' Nicki prompts new charity

By Daniel Sugarman, August 25, 2016

Tributes have been paid to Nicki Waterman, fitness trainer to the stars, following her death from a rare form of cancer.

Mrs Waterman, who was a member of Belsize Square Synagogue, was diagnosed last year with glioblastoma, a malignant form of brain tumour.

Around 2,200 people in Britain are diagnosed with glioblastoma every year - only one in five survive for more than a year

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Triumph over pain​

By John Fisher, August 25, 2016

Oliver Sapier has achieved his dream of a place at university after battling with a lifelong chronic bowel condition.

The teenager from Alwoodley, who studied at the Grammar School at Leeds, spent the first two years of his life in hospital and has been in constant pain ever since.

However, despite taking 60 medications a day, and being fed intravenously until recently, he is celebrating gai

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Social media sites are failing on terror, say MPs

By Josh Jackman, August 25, 2016

The Community Security Trust has welcomed a parliamentary report which accuses Facebook, Twitter and YouTube of “consciously failing” to combat promotion of terrorism on their sites.

The Commons’ Home Affairs Select Committee said social media platforms had become “the vehicle of choice in spreading propaganda and the recruiting platforms for terrorism”.

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Father claims abuser told him: 'Jews, go back to Isra-hell'

By Josh Jackman, August 24, 2016

Police are investigating an alleged antisemitic incident in which a man told a Jewish family: “Don’t come round here. Go to Stamford Hill. You’re not welcome.”

A 31-year-old Jewish man was reportedly about to travel on the Emirates Air Line cable car in east London with his family and children when the confrontation happened.

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Police and CST attempt to quell concerns over increase in armed officers

By Daniel Sugarman, August 24, 2016

The Community Security Trust has acknowledged the increased police presence in Jewish areas of London as part of a new operation launched by the Metropolitan Police.

In a letter sent to Jewish communal organisations, the Met said Operation Hercules, which started this week, would: “Visibly deploy more armed officers on proactive operations and targeted patrols across London.”

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Pro-Palestinian protester guilty of King's College assault

By Josh Jackman, August 24, 2016

One of the pro-Palestinian protesters who disrupted a university’s Israel Society event has been found guilty of assault by beating.

Two Jewish students were subjected to a volley of abuse, including being called “Nazis”, as they held off a mob of demonstrators during the lecture at King’s College London, in January.

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