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Appeal to keep Tottenham barber Aaron Biber cutting after riot damage

By Jessica Elgot and Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2011

A campaign has been launched to help raise money to support an 89-year-old barber whose shop was looted during the riots in Tottenham.

Aaron Biber, a member of Waltham Forest Hebrew Congregation, lost his wife last year. Born in Cable Street, he built up his businesses in Tottenham High Street over several decades and is a popular figure in the local community.

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Tweeting the UK riots

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2011

Lord Sugar: "Can't believe what I am seeing [on]TV with thugs rioting all over London. Gov might have to call in Army."

John Benjamin: "The broom should become the symbol for the peoples' resistance to this anarchy - or perhaps a sandal or a gourd."

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How Jewish community can help with riot clean up

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2011

The British Jewish community is being urged to donate clothing and bedding to people made homeless in the riots.

Tikun, an Orthodox Jewish social action organisation, are collecting donations at their centre in Finchley. The centre will be open until 5pm today and between 8pm and 9.30pm tonight.

"Many people have lost their homes due to the riots and arson attacks," said a spokesman.

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'Community spirit' helps clean up after London riots

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2011

Londoners have praised a "community spirit" as efforts to rebuild the city after three days of rioting got underway.

Medical student Richard Daniels had some free time and was one of more than 80 volunteers who turned out in Camden today, following the closure of the high street and Camden and Chalk Farm stations last night.

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River Island founder David Lewis dies at 87

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2011

The founder of one of Israel’s most prominent hotel chains and the clothing company River Island has died in London.

David Lewis, who set up Isrotel 30 years ago, was 87 and was diagnosed with cancer last year.

A successful businessman, he was credited with developing Eilat as a popular tourist resort after he opened the Isrotel King Solomon Hotel there in 1980.

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Shop owner's disgust as rioters tear up Tottenham landmarks

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2011

The managing director of a Jewish-owned DIY shop in Tottenham has expressed his disgust at the riots on his community over the last few days.

Derek Lewis was in Bournemouth for the weekend when he was woken just before 4am on Sunday morning because the alarm in H Glickman Ltd was going off.

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Interfaith unity in Tottenham as riots continue

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2011

A representative from the board of Deputies of British Jews joined a mulltifaith "vigil of hope" on Monday evening in Tottenham.

The event was arranged following the death of resident Mark Duggan and the violent protests and riots that followed.

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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy offers to help with riot clean up

By Jennifer Lipman, August 8, 2011

The chairman of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has pledged to support the local community in rebuilding the area following Saturday's mass rioting.

Daniel Levy expressed sadness and concern about the "disruption to local people's lives and the effect on the community as a whole".

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Tottenham Jews: life goes on after riots

By Jessica Elgot, August 8, 2011

Tottenham's Chasidic residents turned out to watch the weekend's riots on their way home from synagogue, but retreated after warnings from rabbis.

A warning was sent out to the Stamford Hill community via strictly Orthodox security service Shomrim, from Rabbi Efraim Padwa.

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Netanyahu forms panel to tackle tent city unrest

By Jennifer Lipman, August 8, 2011

Israel's Prime Minister has created a panel to explore the demands of the protesters who have gathered in Tel Aviv in recent weeks to highlight a number of social problems.

Benjamin Netanyahu said the panel of experts would sit down with the leaders of the so-called "tent city" protests, as they showed no sign of subsiding.

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