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Building a bridge back to the Bible

By Jessica Elgot, July 5, 2012

Professor Yona Sabar is one of the last Jews on the planet who could have a conversation with Jesus, in his mother tongue.

When Professor Sabar arrived in Israel from northern Iraq in 1951, he imagined the language he grew up speaking was Kurdish - until a Hebrew University academic identified it as Aramaic.

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A chief rabbi, Mossad and a dubious diamond deal

By Simon Rocker, July 5, 2012

Behind the London legal battle over diamond profits between the Russian-Israeli businessmen Lev Leviev and Arakady Gaydamak lay a chain of what the judge called "extraordinary events".

Mr Gaydamak had sued Mr Leviev, claiming he was owed hundreds of millions of pounds from the export of diamonds from Angola as a result of a deal made in December 2001.

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'I heard him shout, let's shoot at the yeshivah'

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 5, 2012

The yeshivah students were shaken and fearful as I arrived on Sunday morning at the scene of what appeared to be a horrific shooting at Shaarei Torah Yeshiva in Manchester's Broughton Park.

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Chief Rabbi is wrong to denounce gay marriage: full letter

July 5, 2012

It is a matter of great regret that Lord Sacks has chosen to make a statement in his official capacity opposing the right of gay and lesbian men and women to marry. Even if same-sex marriage is contrary to Jewish law, it does not compromise the position of Orthodox Jews to let others marry as they wish. Lord Sacks has sought to influence how the generality of the population leads its life.

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Arsenal ban Islamist preacher from Emirates Stadium

By Jessica Elgot, July 5, 2012

Arsenal Football Club banned an Islamist preacher from a conference held at the Emirates Stadium last weekend, after complaints from season ticket holders.

Fans of the club contacted officials expressing concerns about preacher Abdur Raheem Green, due to attend Human Relief Foundation’s “The Illustrious Goldmine” conference.

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Leaked Foreign Office documents attack Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

By Marcus Dysch, July 5, 2012

Leaked Foreign Office documents accuse Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of blaming the Palestinian Authority for inciting hatred of Israel as an excuse for him to delay peace talks.

The previously redacted documents, released following a Freedom of Information Act request, appear to reveal Foreign Office officials’ views of Mr Netanyahu and the Middle East peace process.

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Three charged with synagogue burglary

By Marcus Dysch, July 5, 2012

Three people have been charged by police after an alleged burglary at a synagogue.

It is alleged that the trio — all of whom are Jewish — broke into the Beth Shmuel Synagogue in Golders Green, north-west London, on Saturday and stole a set of car keys before taking a vehicle that was parked outside the shul.

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Passenger attacks stewardess on easyJet Israel flight

By Marcus Dysch, July 5, 2012

A Tel Aviv-to-London flight was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger suspected of being drunk attacked an air stewardess.

The easyjet plane landed in Paphos, Cyprus, on Monday evening after the man began shouting abuse at fellow passengers shortly after take off.

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Fines for egg-throwing students who screamed 'oi, Jews'

By Bernard Josephs, July 5, 2012

A peaceful December Friday night in north-west London was disrupted when raw eggs and insults were hurled at groups of Jews walking along Golders Green Road, a court has heard.

In what magistrate Philip Sethil described as a “crazy” act, four students were found guilty of carrying out the attacks and were fined £415 each, some of which will be paid in compensation to their victims.

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'I was forced to hunt Jews', claims terror trial wife

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 5, 2012

She was the victim of three unlucky marriages to a rapist, a serial adulterer and, most recently, a self-declared terrorist. That is how the woman accused of plotting to blow up Jews in Manchester with her husband began her first evidence in court this week.

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