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The King's Speech wins big at Bafta awards

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2011

Jewish stars including Natalie Portman and Aaron Sorkin walked away with some of Britain's most important film honours tonight at the Bafta ceremony in London.

With just two weeks to go until the Oscars in Los Angeles, the Jerusalem-born Ms Portman repeated her success at the Golden Globes to win Best Actress for her part in Darren Aronofsky's thriller Black Swan. Too pregnant to fly - she is expecting her first child with the film's choreographer later this year - Mr Aronofsky collected the award in her place.

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Prosor named as UN Ambassador

By Stephen Pollard, February 13, 2011

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed today that the current Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Ron Prosor, is to be the new Ambassador to the UN.

His replacement in London will be Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's current National Security Adviser, Uzi Arad.

The appointment of a UN Ambassador has been a running sore within the coalition as successive candidates have turned it down, some publicly. Other suggested names are said to have caused friction between the PM and the Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman.

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Warrant for croc attack Stamford Hill husband

By Jessica Elgot, February 11, 2011

An arrest warrant has been issued for a strictly Orthodox man, convicted of clubbing his wife with a pink Croc sandal, because he failed to appear in court for sentencing today.

Solomon Glausiusz, 42, of Stamford Hill, who attacked his wife of 14 years, Yerusha while their baby daughter was being held, was convicted after a three-day trial last year.

The unemployed father of six pleaded not guilty and said the attack, in June 2009, had been in self-defence. He was due in Snaresbrook Crown Court this afternoon to be sentenced for actual bodily harm.

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Take Me Out - to Israel tour?

By Jennifer Lipman, February 11, 2011

They went on a dating show to meet someone new - and ended up walking into the sunset with someone they hiked through the Negev with 10 years ago.

Accountant Richard Ludwig, 26, unwittingly chose a Jewish girl on the ITV's Take Me Out without realising they already knew each other.

The show offers male contestants the chance to impress 30 single girls. The girls are equipped with lights, which they switch off if they are not interested in a date.

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Jewish football identity scandal

By Danny Caro and Marcus Dysch, February 11, 2011

When a Sunday footballer proudly posted pictures of himself in action on Facebook he had no idea he was about to become embroiled in one of the biggest rows in the Jewish game.

For he should never have been playing at all - he had been suspended over claims he might not be Jewish.

And the only reason he managed to get on to the team sheet that day at all was because his manager had used a false name.

Now he, and others, are at the centre of an investigation into the fielding of ineligible players, a claim that has seen their club suspended indefinitely and fined heavily.

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Tzipi Livni: We ALL have a voice on Israel

By Stephen Pollard and Martin Bright, February 11, 2011

EXCLUSIVE: Israel's Opposition leader, Tzipi Livni, has made an unprecedented declaration of support for the call by Mick Davis, chairman of both the UJIA and the executive committee of the Jewish Leadership Council, for a role for the diaspora in discussing Israel's future.

Ms Livni, speaking to the JC, said: "As leaders, we in Israel must take into account the concerns of diaspora Jewry. Israel is strong enough to take criticism from within the family of Jews, who say, ok, we disapprove of Israeli policy, but we stand firm for Israel."

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Guardian writer Greenslade's 'stupid' Jewish EDL stereotype

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2011

The veteran media commentator Roy Greenslade has rushed to explain his “stupid” remarks about Jews and Muslims in a blogpost on the English Defence League (EDL).

Mr Greenslade said he did not know what was in his head when he wrote in his Guardian blog of media baron Richard Desmond: “As a Jew, he may well have negative views of Muslims”.

The Guardian later removed the sentence on the grounds of “inappropriate language,” but it remained visible in the reader comments.

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Loach begs for a boycott

February 10, 2011

Film director Ken Loach has called for Britons to give "unremitting support to the Palestinian struggle".

Speaking at a special screening of his 2006 film The Wind That Shakes The Barley, in aid of Palestinian charity Camden Abu Dis on Monday night, he called for a total boycott of Israel.

He said: "Please, I beg you, support the sanctions. The contempt for international law that Israel is showing is not acceptable.

"The politicians won't do anything about it. It's now for civil society to take action by boycotting Israeli goods and academics."

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Four-month curfew for Shabbat groper

February 10, 2011

An Orthodox student who groped a 17-year-old Austrian tourist during a game of spin-the-bottle has been given a nine-month supervision order.

Menachem Chaim Unger, 21, was convicted of sexual assault after he groped the girl at his friend's flat.

Middlesex University student Mr Unger and three others played the sexually-charged game after a Shabbat dinner at the Golders Green Hillel House. During the game, players stripped off, while the victim was asked to remove her underwear and give them to Mr Unger.

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Love-feud knife attacker gets 7 years

By Robyn Rosen, February 10, 2011

A 20-year-old man has been jailed for seven years after luring a teenager to a restaurant and repeatedly stabbing him because of a feud over a girl.

Jacob Butchoff, a former pupil at the exclusive Hampstead school, UCS, had arranged a meeting at the Hainenese Buffet in Golders Green Road with love rival, Jonathan Kaae-Mortensen.

Then he stabbed the 18-year-old Persian Jew in the neck, ear, back, shoulder and cheek.

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