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Husband Thomas Cohen mourns 'beloved and adored' Peaches Geldof

By Rosa Doherty, April 8, 2014

Peaches Geldof, who was found dead aged 25 on Monday, was married to a Jewish musician and had only recently discovered her own Jewish roots.

The daughter of musician Bob Geldof and model Paula Yates, was married to Thomas Cohen and had two young sons: Astala, one, and Phaedra.

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DNA test reveals Jewish ancestry of Hitler's wife, Eva Braun

By Daniel Easterman, April 7, 2014

DNA tests have revealed that Adolf Hitler’s wife Eva Braun had Jewish ancestry.

The scientific examination, carried out by analysing a strand of Braun’s hair from her hairbrush, show that she had a genetic sequence strongly associated with Ashkenazi Jews.

The revelation comes as part of the Channel 4 documentary Dead Famous DNA, which will be aired on Wednesday evening.

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Louise lands capital job with London Live

April 6, 2014

After weeks of bobbing up on billboards across London, Louise Scodie finally arrived on screen as one of the presenters of London Live, the Evening Standard’s newly launched TV channel.

Fronting the topical evening Not the One Show, she has “the job I’ve dreamed of. It is safe to say there has been lots of kvelling in the Scodie household.”

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Labour leader Ed Miliband set for Israel trip

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband will travel to Israel next week for a three-day visit.

The Opposition leader is due to arrive in Tel Aviv on Thursday, and will hold meetings in Jerusalem with senior Israeli political figures.

Mr Miliband, whose parents fled Nazi oppression during the Holocaust, is also expected to visit the Yad Vashem Shoah museum.

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Lying fallow during the Shmittah year — the way to avoid financial meltdown

By Daniel Easterman, April 4, 2014

The global economic crash of 2008 might have been avoided if bankers had followed the ancient biblical principle of shmittah.

That is the view of Rabbi Julian Sinclair, an Israel-based economist and environmental activist.

Shmittah is the ancient religious injunction under which farmers allow agricultural land to lie fallow every seventh year.

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Kosher caterer Carole Sobell closes business

By Sandy Rashty, April 4, 2014

A high-end kosher caterer has gone bust again — but a new simcha catering company has already been set-up in the family name.

Jewish businesswoman Carole Sobell said she plans to pursue new avenues after her catering company, Carole Sobell Events Ltd, went into liquidation last month.

This comes after her previous companies ceased trading.

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British Jews need US-style anti-defamation league says ex-MP

By Marcus Dysch, April 3, 2014

A British version of the American Anti-Defamation League should be formed to increase efforts to tackle antisemitism, a senior communal figure has claimed.

Former MP Eric Moonman said “enemies of the Jews have got away with it for a long time” and urged the community to fight back.

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Care home abuse victim speaks out as Jimmy Savile investigation begins

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 3, 2014

A victim of sex abuse at a Jewish children’s home being investigated in the Jimmy Savile scandal has said the Jewish community needs to do more to protect its children.

Jane Hersey was abused by a female nurse at the Sarah Laski Home in Crumpsall, Manchester, in the mid-1960s.

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New law could bring curtain down on anti-Israel protesters

By Marcus Dysch, April 3, 2014

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Protesters who disrupt performances by Israeli actors and musicians could be sued or face injunctions under new plans expected to be put before Parliament.

A proposal due to be introduced by Israel-supporting lawyers would seek to adapt the law on aggravated trespass which would allow aggrieved performers or audience members to seek damages from activists.

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No empty gestures as Michael Gove raps Riba architects

By Marcus Dysch, April 3, 2014

Education Secretary Michael Gove has attacked British architects’ opposition to Israel, becoming the most high-profile politician to speak out on the issue.

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