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Jewish Chronicle in hunt for new CEO

May 12, 2011

The Jewish Chronicle is to launch a search for a new chief executive. The successful applicant will succeed managing director, Alan Rubenstein.

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Man gets 10 months for vile phone rants

By Robyn Rosen, May 12, 2011

A man who bombarded the Jewish Chronicle with hundreds of "vile, abusive and antisemitic" phone calls, has been jailed for 10 months.

William James Hannaford, 57, of Euston, who called JC staff "f---ing parasites" and "mosquitoes", was also given a restraining order after repeatedly calling the paper's central London offices.

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Promise director Kosminsky and 'Israel apartheid'

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

Peter Kosminsky, the director who made the controversial series The Promise, has attacked the Israeli government, comparing its policies to those of apartheid South Africa.

Mr Kosminsky, who was widely criticised following the broadcast of the films about British mandate Palestine, likened Israeli actions to the bantustan policies in South Africa 60 years ago.

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Desecration at synagogue leads to fast

By Simon Rocker, May 12, 2011

Members of a London synagogue observed a special fast on Monday after a burglary in which its Torah scrolls were dumped on the floor.

Thousands of pounds' worth of silver artefacts and scroll cases were stolen from Magen Avraham, a congregation of Aden Jews in Finchley, late last Thursday night or in the early hours of Friday.

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'Jew' used as a term of playground abuse

By Robyn Rosen, May 12, 2011

Community leaders have raised concerns about a rise in non-Jewish schoolchildren as young as eight using the word "Jew" to insult each other.

Education workers have criticised schools for not tackling the abusive behaviour in the same way as other
racism.

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Amnesty in spotlight over hosting anti-Israel event

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

Labour Friends of Israel has accused Amnesty of having a "disproportionate focus" on alleged Israeli human rights abuses and of being swayed by "anti-peace" groups.

The criticism came as more than a dozen LFI members, including vice-chair Louise Ellman MP, wrote to Amnesty to complain about the NGO's plans to host an anti-Israel event.

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Bicom's advocacy conference on track

May 12, 2011

This weekend's largest ever advocacy conference for Israel - We Believe in Israel - is well on track to achieve its target of 1,000 delegates, organisers said this week.

Lorna Fitzsimons, chief executive of Bicom, which has organised the conference, said that people had registered from America, Australia, Spain and France as well as in large numbers from the home communities in the UK.

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Race hate website man's jail release

By Robyn Rosen, May 12, 2011

A man jailed for inciting racial hatred online in a landmark case is being released after serving less than half his sentence.

Simon Sheppard, 53, was arrested in 2008 after police traced a leaflet called "Tales of the Holohoax," which had been pushed through the door of Blackpool Reform Synagogue, to a post office box in Hull, registered to Sheppard.

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Neighbour is cleared over weedkiller vendetta

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

A former financial trader has been cleared of poisoning his neighbour's hedge with weedkiller.

Robert Pearlman, 44, was accused of attacking the hedge between his and Saul Shaya's homes as part of a long-running dispute between the men, who are both Jewish.

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Tributes pour in for Labour MP Cairns

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

David Cairns MP, parliamentary chairman of the Labour Friends of Israel group, has died following a short illness. Mr Cairns, who was 44, was taken ill in March with pancreatitis. He died on Monday night.

The Inverclyde MP was 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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