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MP Kaufman 'abused in synagogue'

September 29, 2010

Sir Gerald Kaufman has claimed he was verbally attacked at St John's Wood Synagogue on Yom Kippur over his political views.

He made the allegations at a Middle East Monitor and Labour Friends of Palestine fringe meeting at the Labour Conference in Manchester on Sunday.

The Labour MP for Manchester Gorton, who regularly criticises Israel, described himself as a "Zionist" and "bad Orthodox Jew" and said he had been a member of the shul for 49 years.

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Round-the-world tripper dies just before return

By Robyn Rosen, September 29, 2010

A hospital manager has died in a crash in India while "living his dream" of making a round-the-world trip.

Jeremy Paul, 30, was at the end of his six-month sabbatical from Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, when he was killed in a collision in Rajasthan last week.

Cousin Robert Morris said: "Jeremy was a genuinely nice person who never got into trouble. He was liked by everyone who ever met him and the world will be a poorer place without him.

"He was living his dream on a trip travelling around South America, Thailand and India, and was just at the end when the accident happened."

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Director's Holocaust revenge film celebrated

September 29, 2010

A British Jewish film director has been honoured at the Boston Film Festival with its Visionary Filmmaker Award, presented last weekend.

Joshua Newton's film, Iron Cross, was the last film made by Jaws actor Roy Scheider - he died towards the end of filming.

Mr Newton, whose first full-length feature this is, directed, wrote and produced the thriller, in which Scheider stars as Joseph, a retired New York police officer and Holocaust survivor, who travels to Nuremberg following the death of his wife to reconcile with his son Ronnie (Scott Cohen).

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Aronofsky, Leigh shortlisted for BFI film award

By Jennifer Lipman, September 29, 2010

Two Jewish directors have been nominated for the Best Film award at this year’s London Film Festival.

Darren Aronofsky has made the shortlist for the thriller Black Swan, which stars the Jerusalem-born actress Natalie Portman as a ballerina consumed by jealousy of her co-star.

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Ed Miliband addresses Labour party conference

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2010

Ed Miliband has told the Labour party conference that Israel should lift the naval blockade of Gaza.

In his debut speech as Labour leader, Mr Miliband said: “We must strain every sinew to work to make that happen” and called on the government to step up and help bring “a just and lasting peace to the Middle East.”

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Ed Miliband's mum Marion Kozak on Israel

By Marcus Dysch, September 28, 2010

The mother of new Labour Party leader Ed Miliband is a long-standing supporter of left-wing pro-Palestinian organisations.

Marion Kozak, 75, who maintained a low profile as Ed defeated his brother David to become leader of the Opposition, is a signatory of the founding statements of both Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP) and Independent Jewish Voices (IJV).

Her sons both described themselves as "critical friends" of Israel during a leadership hustings in June. Ms Kozak is a long-standing human rights campaigner and was an early CND activist.

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Respect expels 'antisemitic' Tower Hamlets candidate

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2010

George Galloway’s Respect party apologised after it emerged that one of its national council members had posted “antisemitic” comments about Jews on Facebook – despite campaigning against racism against Muslims.

Abul “Abz” Hussain, who stood unsuccessfully in May to become a Tower Hamlets councillor suggested in one post that a “Jew” should be swapped for aid to Gaza. He has now been expelled from the party.

The former law student at the London School of Economics also joked about chopping off a Jewish person’s peyot (sideburns) and confiscating their kippah.

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Ben Uri appeals for missing paintings

By Leon Symons, September 28, 2010

Anglo-Jewry's leading art gallery has launched an appeal to find dozens of paintings by the distinguished Czech-born artist Ludwig Blum.

Next January the Ben Uri Gallery in St John's Wood is presenting the first British retrospective of Blum's work in more than 70 years, curated by Israeli scholar and historian Dalia Manor.

But many of the paintings shown at four exhibitions in London in the 1930s - including the Ben Uri - have not been seen since.

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Interview: Michael Gove

By Martin Bright, September 28, 2010

On Israel security:
Its position will be strengthened by doing properly by its neighbours

On faith schools:
They equip people brilliantly for multi-cultural 21st century Britain

On air travel:
I'll follow Tony Blair's example and have a couple of pints first

There was one matter I had been wanting to clear up with Michael Gove for some time. I had heard that the Conservative Party's most consistent and passionate defender of Israel had never travelled to the country itself.

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Jewish blockade boat finally sets sail

By Marcus Dysch, September 28, 2010

A boat carrying a group of Jewish pro-Palestinian activists finally set sail for Gaza this week with the aim of breaking Israel's naval blockade.

The boat left a port in Cyprus on Sunday morning and was due to arrive on Tuesday, after the JC went to press.

The vessel was named Irene after Irene Bruegel, the late founder-secretary of Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP), one of the groups which helped organise the trip.

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