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'Racist' badges sold outside Arsenal's Emirates Stadium

By Sandy Rashty, September 20, 2012

Badges displaying antisemitic slogans were reportedly sold at a stall outside the Emirates Football stadium, the north London home of Arsenal football club, during the match against Southampton last Saturday afternoon.

The offensive badges, which allegedly stated “F*** off Yids”, were being sold by two men on the corner of Elfort Road, Islington.

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Charedim will lose out when benefits go online

By Simon Rocker, September 20, 2012

Plans to move benefit applications online next year could complicate life for members of the Charedi community, where internet use is restricted because of rabbinic objections.

The new Universal Credit, wrapping in existing benefits for housing and other needs, will be administered by a national computer system rather than through local authorities.

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BBC criticised over timing of Panorama 'price-tag' film

By Simon Rocker, September 20, 2012

The Board of Deputies has questioned the timing of a BBC1 Panorama programme on violent Israeli settlers which was broadcast on Monday, the second night of Rosh Hashanah.

Reporter Jane Corbin investigated the phenomenon of “price-tags”, revenge attacks on Palestinian villages by young militants opposed to the demolition of West Bank outposts ruled illegal by the Israeli courts.

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The medieval Jewish poet who preceded Chaucer

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2012

Rare poems documenting the persecution of Norwich's medieval Jewish community, in the period preceding the expulsion from England in 1290, are being given a new lease of life thanks to the work of a dedicated group of residents.

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Questions for Hillsborough coroner Stefan Popper

By Marcus Dysch, September 20, 2012

The coroner whose inquests into the deaths of the Hillsborough disaster victims were found to be severely lacking by an independent panel report has refused to comment on his role in the aftermath of the tragedy.

Stefan Popper has been widely criticised after ruling that the 96 Liverpool fans who died at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final had suffered accidental deaths.

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Sir Moses Montefiore will not be reburied in Jerusalem

By Simon Rocker, September 20, 2012

The charity which owns the Ramsgate tomb of British Jewry’s most famous philanthropist, Sir Moses Montefiore, has flatly rejected the idea of reburying him in Jerusalem.

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First birthday for Amy Winehouse foundation

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2012

Winehouse family, as the troubled singer would have marked her 29th birthday.

Instead, it marks a year since the creation of a foundation in Amy Winehouse's memory, which in the 12 months since its launch has raised funds to help disadvantaged youths.

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Ex-MP Sir Irvine Patnick apologises for Hillsborough smears

By Marcus Dysch, September 14, 2012

A former Conservative MP has apologised for the part he played in repeating false allegations about Liverpool fans following the Hillsborough disaster.

Sir Irvine Patnick represented the Sheffield Hallam constituency when 96 Liverpool fans died at the FA Cup semi-final held at the stadium in April 1989.

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Olympic clinic named after Ludwig Guttman

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2012

The medical centre that has served athletes from around the world for the weeks of London 2012 is to be renamed in honour of the pioneering doctor who created the Paralympic Games.

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Chabad rabbi punched

By Marcus Dysch, September 14, 2012

A rabbi has described how he was punched during a scuffle with men who shouted antisemitic abuse.

Rabbi Yisroel Lew was struck in the ear after the men launched an unprovoked attack in the early hours of the morning in Baker Street, central London.

The Bloomsbury Chabad director and a friend had been moving items from his office when the incident happened.

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