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Simon Kelner out as Independent editor

By Jennifer Lipman, July 1, 2011

Simon Kelner is leaving his position as editor of the Independent.

The Jewish writer has edited the paper for 13 years and oversaw the decision to introduce a cheaper daily edition last year, the ipaper.

Mr Kelner will remain as editor-in-chief of the Independent, but day-to-day responsibility for the paper and its Sunday title will go to Chris Blackhurst, an Evening Standard journalist.

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Racist 'sorry' to victim

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 30, 2011

A 20-year-old man who held a lighter to the face of a 12-year-old Jewish boy and told his friends to "get to the gas chambers" has been made to apologise to the victim, via the Community Security Trust.

The incident occurred as a group of Jewish boys played on a new sports pitch in Prestwich, north Manchester, last Monday evening, and were approached by five young men.

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Hackney Council force man to fend for himself

By Robyn Rosen, June 30, 2011

The sister of a schizophrenic man who has lived in a Jewish Care home for 20 years has said she fears for his life after a London council decided he should live alone.

Hackney Council has arranged to move Allan Basser, 64, into independent accommodation in Clapton next week, with 19 hours a week of care.

According to a council spokeswoman, Mr Basser had requested the move, but his sister, Jo

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Oxford bursary for Israelis

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2011

An Oxford University college is to introduce a postgraduate scholarship for Israeli students in what has been hailed as the first of its kind.

Exeter College will award the place to a masters or doctoral student from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, with priority given to women, minorities or a person from a disadvantaged background.

The scholarship has been named for Professor Rivka Carm

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One guilty in Stamford Hill gagged and bound death

By Robyn Rosen, June 30, 2011

A Polish decorator has been found guilty of manslaughter after he left an elderly Stamford Hill woman gagged and bound to a chair while he raided her home.

Eveline Kelmenson, 83, died a "slow death" of hypothermia and lay undiscovered for five weeks before she was found by relatives on New Year's Day 2009, her decomposed body still bound to a chair.

Her five-bedroom house had been "ransacked

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Alistair Burt says Gaza is 'unsustainable'

By Martin Bright, June 30, 2011

Middle East minister Alistair Burt became the first Foreign Office minister to visit the Gaza Strip in five years on Tuesday, as he toured a United Nations school in Jabalia refugee camp and met business leaders in Gaza City.

Mr Burt said: "I was struck today by the need for further progress to allow imports by UNRWA and others to complete much-needed projects and to facilitate exports.

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The nasty things in Green leader's PC

By Martin Bright, June 30, 2011

The Green Party could be "more sensitive" in its use of the language of boycott in its policy towards Israel, according to its leader, Caroline Lucas.

The MP for Brighton Pavilion, the first Green to sit in the House of Commons, said she had come to this conclusion after discussions with a rabbi in her constituency, Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah of Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue.

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CST gets £150,000

June 30, 2011

The Community Security Trust has been awarded almost £150,000 from the government. The grant, from the Ministry of Justice's Victims and Witnesses General Fund, will be spent on training staff and developing new technology for reporting antisemitic incidents.

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Al Jazeera hosts IDF Briton

By Jennifer Lipman, June 30, 2011

A British-born Israeli army reservist, attacked as a terrorist and a liar while participating in a debate on Al-Jazeera TV, has said it was worth it - and that he would like to do it again. Josh Mintz, 26, is one of the founders of friendasoldier.org, set up last October to show the world the IDF's human side.

Last week, Al-Jazeera invited Mr Mintz onto its show, The Stream.

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Witness in limbo over aliyah bid

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

A British Jew who is hoping to make aliyah to Israel has told of his frustration with delays to the process - caused because he is in a witness protection programme.

The man, whom the JC has agreed not to name, said he was "in limbo" because red tape caused by his identity change has led Israeli authorities to make additional checks on him, stalling the process.

It is now more than a year si

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