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Abrams and Morris to spearhead culture

February 2, 2012

Former journalist Hester Abrams has been appointed director of Jewish Book Week to succeed Geraldine D'Amico, who will retire as director after this year's festival next month.

Ms Abrams was a journalist at Reuters, latterly editor of its global customer magazine. Most recently she has been TV researcher on the BBC2 drama The Hour.

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Tay-Sachs plea for clinical research

By Jennifer Lipman, February 2, 2012

The Jewish community is being urged to support fundraising for a clinical trial next year aimed at preventing the onset of the fatal Tay-Sachs disease.

Daniel Lewi, whose two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with Tay-Sachs last year, has launched a foundation to raise £3 million for the vital research.

Tay-Sachs is a progressive neurological genetic disorder caused by a defective gene, the s

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Israeli theatre company expects Globe Shakespeare disruption

By Marcus Dysch, February 2, 2012

A senior Habimah Theatre producer has admitted that actors expect anti-Israel activists will succeed in disrupting their performance at a major international festival at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in May.

Israel's leading theatre company will perform The Merchant Of Venice in Hebrew as part of a six-week event at the Globe to coincide with the Cultural Olympiad.

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Guardian attack on CST prompts anger

By Marcus Dysch, February 2, 2012

The Guardian has apologised after it implicated the Community Security Trust in a story attacking Education Secretary Michael Gove.

The newspaper ran a piece criticising Mr Gove's role in awarding government funding to the charity while he also sat on CST's advisory board.

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Tower Hamlets Respect chair guilty of assault at Tesco demo

By Marcus Dysch, February 2, 2012

A veteran anti-Israel campaigner has been convicted of slapping a Jewish man during a boycott protest at a supermarket.

Carole Swords, chair of Tower Hamlets Respect Party, attacked Harvey Garfield as he attempted to defend Israeli goods from potential vandalism.

Swords has previously written on Facebook that Zionists are "cockroaches" who "hide in the dark and try to create havoc where they

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Tributes to Holocaust survivor who kept on giving

By Jennifer Lipman, February 2, 2012

Tributes poured in this week for Holocaust survivor Roman Halter, who died on Monday, aged 85.

Mr Halter, who moved to Britain after the war and worked as an architect and artist, lost all his family in the Holocaust. He was best known for his stained glass window work, examples of which exist in synagogues and churches around Britain.

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MP pushing for release of Auschwitz files

By Martin Bright, February 2, 2012

The Ministry of Defence and the National Archives were under increasing pressure this week to release papers relating to Yitzhak Persky, the father of Israeli president Shimon Peres, who was held in a prisoner of war camp for British soldiers at Auschwitz.

Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP for Harlow, has written to Defence Secretary Philip Hammond asking for his help in releasing Mr Persky's

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Stalking victim receives compensation

By Marcus Dysch, February 2, 2012

The victim of a serial stalker has been awarded compensation after the High Court ruled the Crown Prosecution Service had failed to protect her.

Claire Waxman will receive £3,500 in damages after the CPS dropped a charge against Elliot Fogel, who has repeatedly been jailed for harassing her and her family.

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Antisemitism figures up in Manchester in 2011

February 2, 2012

The number of antisemitic incidents in Britain declined last year, according to new figures released by the Community Security Trust.

There were 586 recorded incidents across the country in 2011, representing a nine per cent decrease on the previous 12 months but also making it the fourth highest annual total on record.

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Coroner who ruled on Winehouse death resigns

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2012

Amy Winehouse's parents are exploring their next steps after the coroner in charge of the inquest into the singer's death resigned.

Suzanne Greenaway gave a verdict that the Jewish singer had died from "misadventure" and accidental alcohol poisoning last year. But it has now emerged that she left her job a month after the ruling because she did not have the appropriate qualifications.

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