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Jewish graves may be dug up and remains bulldozed

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 23, 2012

The human remains of a prestigious British Jewish dynasty risk being dug up after their graves have been levelled by a bulldozer, unless a last remaining family heiress and the Jewish community can win their claim to the land by Friday.

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Co-operative suffers fall in profits

By Marcus Dysch, August 23, 2012

Profits at the Co-operative Group dropped by 55 per cent in the first half of 2012, the company has revealed.

Sales in the group’s supermarkets fell by 1.2 per cent in the six months to June 30. Operating profits were down 16 per cent to £119m.

The group’s banking division also suffered a 67.9 per cent drop.

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Ecuador's Jewish community responds to Assange arguments

By Anna Sheinman, August 23, 2012

Those watching the Julian Assange coverage over the last week may have idly wondered, where is Ecuador? Do I know anything about Ecuador? Or, more importantly, does Ecuador have a Jewish community?

The JC is here to help.

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Jessie Ware reveals her secret ambition

By Marcus Dysch, August 23, 2012

When a young intern arrived at the JC offices looking for a career in journalism, no-one knew she had a secret ambition — to be the one we were writing about.

Four years on the 26-year-old has got her wish, and in a way no-one could have imagined.

Jessie Ware, the young graduate cutting her teeth as a web reporter, looks set to become Britain’s next big pop star.

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Board of Deputies' Co-op protest bears fruit

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 23, 2012

For the first time, pro-Israel protesters have been invited to meet senior officials at the Co-operative Movement to discuss its boycott of select Israeli companies after they held a peaceful demonstration.

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Grave robbers dig up new Nazi loot

By Sandy Rashty, August 23, 2012

Jewish groups have attacked grave robbers for feeding the worldwide demand for Nazi memorabilia.

Looters are stripping burial sites of German troops in search of medals, coins, dog-tags, rifles, daggers, helmets and uniforms, often sold at military fairs.

Though most items have no historical value, they fund a market worth millions due to neo-Nazi interest in Third Reich memorabilia.

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BBC defends Iran attack web story

By Marcus Dysch, August 23, 2012

The BBC has defended a story based on a fake document outlining the possible scale of an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The corporation altered the headline on its website article which focused on the claims of Richard Silverstein, a Seattle-based liberal Jewish blogger.

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Charity group chairman explains Chief Rabbi resignation

By Marcus Dysch, August 23, 2012

The chairman of a dialogue group has defended its work on Israel and the Palestinians and attempted to explain the episode which led Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks to resign as its patron.

Canon Guy Wilkinson insisted that the Wyndham Place Charlemagne Trust had not encouraged its members to back an anti-Israel campaign when it circulated details of an initiative in a newsletter.

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Kelly Brook and Keith Lemon join pensioner at premiere party

By Marcus Dysch, August 23, 2012

Pensioner Harold Moss enjoyed the red carpet treatment at the premiere of a film in which he appeared alongside Gary Barlow, Ronan Keating and Kelly Brook.

Harold worked as an extra in Keith Lemon: The Movie, a comedy created by Leigh Francis, the man behind Bo Selecta and Celebrity Juice.

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When Israel hosted the Paralympics

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2012

For Israeli wheelchair basketball coach Reuven Heller, watching his team win gold at the November 1968 International Stoke Mandeville Games was special – not least because the medals were presented by Moshe Dayan, and the venue was Tel Aviv.

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