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It's not just about how they died - but how they lived

By Jessica Elgot, May 12, 2011

In the sea of blue and white magen Davids, navy jackets and wooden placards on the road between Auschwitz and Birkenau, a single Union Jack was held aloft.

It belonged to the first full British delegation to March of the Living - 80 students, young professionals and adults who were nearing the end of a six-day journey across Poland.

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Young Brits join Tony Blair's fight against malaria

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

Two British Jews are among 30 young people who have been selected from more than 700 hopefuls to become fellows of Tony Blair's Faith Foundation.

From July Catherine Mansoor, from Middlesex, and Anthony Silkoff, from Essex, will be joined on the programme by three Jewish fellows from North America, as well as representatives from Christianity, Islam and other world religions.

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No arrests in LSE 'Jewish lobby' debate case

By Robyn Rosen, May 11, 2011

Police will take no further action against controversial speaker Abdel Bari Atwan, following allegations of antisemitism at a lecture where 30 Jewish students walked out in protest.

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Jewish football book wins sport award

By Jessica Elgot, May 10, 2011

A book exploring the connection between the history of Leeds Jews and Leeds United has been named Football Book of the Year.

The Promised Land: The Reinvention of Leeds United, by Mirror sports writer and Leeds fan Anthony Clavane was honoured at the British Sports Book Awards.

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Paper brings Einstein's arrival in UK to life

By Robyn Rosen, May 10, 2011

Albert Einstein's original landing card from his journey following his escape from Nazi Germany has been discovered among hundreds of immigration documents at Heathrow Airport.

The papers, which document Einstein's journey from Belgium to Dover on May 26 1933, was found by museum curators as they sifted through the airport's archives to collect material for a new exhibition.

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David Cairns: Making the progressive case for Israel

By David Cairns MP, May 10, 2011

I want to begin by saying what this speech is not.

It's not an attempt to deflect attention from the pressing urgency of achieving an agreement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

It's not an argument which posits that Israel is always right and should be allowed to act with impunity.

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Inverclyde MP David Cairns dies after illness

By Marcus Dysch, May 10, 2011

David Cairns MP, chairman of Labour Friends of Israel, has died following a short illness.

Mr Cairns, who was 44, was taken ill in March suffering from pancreatitis. He died on Monday night.

The Inverclyde MP, a former Scotland Minister, was serving in his second spell as chairman of the group. He previously held the role in 2004 before returning in October last year.

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Chelsea's Roman Abramovich scores on Sunday Times Rich List

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2011

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has seen his fortune rise by nearly £3 billion in the last year in a bumper year for Britain's wealthiest people.

The Russian Jewish oil tycoon, who was the second biggest faller in terms of wealth in 2009, was named as Britain's third richest person on this year's Sunday Times Rich List.

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Benefit fraudster is convicted

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 6, 2011

A Manchester man who was living in Portugal while illegally claiming more than £17,000 of housing benefit has been ordered to repay the money.

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Suicide bombing row halts Liverpool medical course

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 6, 2011

Liverpool University has suspended a course at its medical school after a lecturer handed out pamphlets which defended Palestinian suicide bombings.

Two Jewish students complained to heads of the Faculty of Medicine after attending a lecture on Palestinian suffering and being given a pamphlet produced by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

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