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Arts fellowship for historian Geoffrey Alderman

By Jennifer Lipman, April 8, 2011

Geoffrey Alderman has been elected a Life Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts

The academic and writer Geoffrey Alderman has been elected a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Professor Alderman, who lectures on history and politics at the University of Buckingham, first became an RSA fellow in 1991, when he joined the ranks of people ranging from Karl Marx to Nelson Mandela.

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Disgruntled Tories defecting to UKIP

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 8, 2011

Three Jewish candidates are leading a challenge to Conservative rule in Bury in May's local elections after defecting to the UK Independence Party, claiming Tory intransigence on Jewish issues.

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BNP exodus boosting English Democrats

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 8, 2011

A string of defecting British National Party members now standing for the National Front and the English Democrats Party in May's local elections has sparked fears that the extreme right could gain political power through the back door.

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Let's be twins, Irish council asks Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, April 8, 2011

Northern Ireland's smallest district council has agreed to explore the possibility of twinning with Gaza, sparking a war of words among local politicians and residents.

Moyle, in County Antrim, is home to just 17,000 people. Councillors voted last week in favour of a twinning project with Gaza City, and will now investigate possible link-ups.

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Swastika thong: yours to buy online

By Robyn Rosen, April 8, 2011

An online retailer has removed a range of products, including underwear and baby clothes emblazoned with an image of a swastika superimposed on a star of David, after a complaint from the JC.

CafePress, has removed the products, which had been sold since 2009 as part of the True Nazis range and carry the slogan, 'What Is The Different?' (sic).

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Countdown to Bicom advocacy conference

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

Organisers of Britain's largest-ever Israel advocacy conference have announced details of sessions and speakers who will appear at the event.

Delegates will hear from diplomats, politicians and media commentators.

The panel for a debate about the accountability of the IDF and international law will include Colonel Richard Kemp, the former commander of British troops in Afghanistan.

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Zionist gang plotted to kill Churchill

April 7, 2011

Jewish militants were planning in 1946 to assassinate leading British politicians including the then Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, and the fiercely anti-Zionist Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin, according to MI5 files released from the National Archives this week.

An attempt on Bevin's life was "almost a topic of household conversation in the Middle East," said one top secret cable.

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Pro-Palestinian watchdog trade body launched

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

British trade relations with Israeli West Bank settlements are the focus of a new pro-Palestinian campaign group.

The founders of Prosper Palestine said the group will call on the international community to reject any economic relations with settlements and will work to support the Palestinian economy.

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MI5's intelligence on Jewish academic

April 7, 2011

A letter from Secret Service head Sir Vernon Kell to the Chief Constable of Hull prompted an MI5 investigation into Jacob Bronowski, one of Britain's most renowned academics, it was revealed this week.

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Nuremberg trial man's niece reunited with looted art

By Jessica Elgot, April 7, 2011

The first two paintings in more than 160 works of art stolen by the Nazis from a single family, have been returned to the British family of Rudi Epstein, an interpreter at the Nuremberg trials.

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