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Chief Rabbi’s prayer for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

By Lord Jonathan Sacks, May 31, 2012

We the members of this holy congregation, together with the members of the United Hebrew Congregations of the commonwealth, join in prayer and thanksgiving for Our Sovereign Lady Queen Elizabeth on the Diamond Jubilee of her accession to the throne.

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Refugees' hidden role to be revealed on stage

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2012

The Jewish refugees who played a vital but hidden role in Britain’s Second World War intelligence efforts are to be celebrated in a new stage production.

As war raged across Europe, the British recruited German-speakers who had fled Nazi persecution and posted them as “listeners” in prisoner of war camps across the country.

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Interfaith project has royal backing

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2012

A new interfaith programme to teach primary-school children about Judaism, Christianity and Islam was launched to royal acclaim on Tuesday.

David Khalili, the Iranian-born Jewish founder of the Maimonides Foundation, said that he had commissioned the Interfaith Explorers resource in tribute to the Queen.

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School backs Jew-hate GCSE exam question

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2012

A Jewish school has defended a controversial GCSE religious studies question on antisemitism that was last week attacked by Education Secretary Michael Gove and the Board of Deputies.

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Kindertransport play makes debut

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 31, 2012

The harrowing journey of 10,000 Jewish children, in a new musical work about the Kindertransport, was exclusively previewed to the Jewish community on Wednesday.

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IDF man Almog cancels charity trip over universal jurisdiction fear

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 31, 2012

Seven years after almost being arrested at Heathrow, former Israeli general Doron Almog has cancelled his participation in a London fundraiser, following concerns regarding Britain’s universal jurisdiction law.

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Former Mossad man gives evidence in Gaydamak and Leviev trial

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2012

A former senior Mossad officer appeared in the High Court in London on Tuesday in a dispute between two Russian-Israeli businessmen over African diamonds.

Arkady Gaydamak, who once ran for mayor of Jerusalem, is suing Lev Leviev for around $1 billion which he claims is owed to him in a deal to export diamonds from Angola.

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Board of Deputies launches British Council complaint

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2012

The Board of Deputies has protested to the British Council over the funding of last month’s Palestinian literary festival which it claimed supports a boycott of Israel.

Board of Deputies chief executive Jon Benjamin, in a letter to the council’s chief executive Martin Davidson, said it was “shocked” at the decision to fund the event.

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Bugged conversations 'could reveal extent of Britain's Holocaust knowledge'

By Martin Bright, May 31, 2012

The author of a forthcoming book on the Jewish refugees who listened in on the bugged conversations of captured German PoWs believes that the work of this top secret operation could reveal the extent of British government knowledge of the Holocaust during the war years.

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Gilad Atzmon's 'antisemitic rhetoric' denounced at film premiere

By Jessica Elgot, May 31, 2012

Pro-Palestinian supporters denounced jazz musician and Israeli-born activist Gilad Atzmon in a documentary film premiering this week, accusing him of damaging their cause with his antisemitic rhetoric.

The film, Gilad and All That Jazz by Golriz Kolahi, premiered at the London International Documentary Festival on Wednesday.

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