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Antisemitic abuse aimed at teen thieves

By Marcus Dysch, October 26, 2012

Two teenagers who broke into a synagogue have been released from a young offenders’ institute after winning an appeal against their original sentences.

David Gutweith, 18, and Uriel Broder, 19, were initially ordered to serve 16 weeks in a young offenders’ institute earlier this month after admitting taking part in a burglary at the Beth Shmuel Synagogue in Golders Green.

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Respect activist: was Hitler the bad guy?

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2012

MP George Galloway has emphasised that his Respect Party “abhors and campaigns against racism” after being alerted to comments by a party officer questioning whether Adolf Hitler was “the bad guy”.

Naz Kahn, who last week was being praised on Facebook for her selection as a new woman’s officer for Respect, made the comments on the same site on September 30.

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Jewish school burglary verdict

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2012

A 22-year-old man faces a possible jail term after admitting repeatedly burgling a Jewish primary school.

Schneur Simmons appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on Monday, charged with four counts of burglary at the Torah Vodaas Primary School at Golders Green Synagogue, Dunstan Road, between January 2011 and August this year.

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Israeli firm conspiracy: It’s probably not murky at all

By Martin Bright, October 25, 2012

It was inevitable really. The Sunday Times investigation into “generals for hire” has uncovered an alleged conspiracy involving an Israeli defence firm, a lobbying company and British supporters of the Zionist state.

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Rape accuser: rabbis would not help me

By Simon Rocker and Anna Sheinman, October 25, 2012

A trial opened this week to allegations of rape inside the strictly Orthodox Jewish community.

Menachem Mendel Levy, 40, denies eight counts of rape or sexual assault of a young Orthodox woman, including three of indecent assault when she was a minor.

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Irish TV host: ‘Israel is cancer’

By Anna Sheinman, October 25, 2012

A renowned Irish broadcaster has referred to Israel as a “cancer”.

Speaking about the US presidential debates on Tuesday night, Vincent Browne lamented the lack of discussion of American support for Israel. “Israel is the cancer in foreign affairs,” he said, adding: “It’s a massive injustice — they stole the land from the Arabs.”

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Terror trial: ‘Would-be suicide bombers discussed gun attack on synagogue’

By JC REPORTER, October 25, 2012

The three Birmingham men accused of plotting a huge terror attack in the UK discussed storming a synagogue armed with guns had they been unable to make a bomb, a court heard today.

The would-be suicide bombers made a bungled attempt to destroy blueprints for a terror attack more deadly than 7/7, the court heard.

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Batsheva director: the show will go on

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2012

The artistic director of Israel's Batsheva Dance Company has said he is saddened by the fact that his performers are being targeted by supporters of a cultural boycott of the Jewish state.

The company appeared on three consecutive nights at the Edinburgh International Festival at the end of the summer, but each show was disrupted on a number of occasions by pro-Palestinian activists.

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Former EDL Jewish leader claims Islamic centre 'could lead to attacks'

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2012

The leader of an extreme right-wing Jewish group has been condemned for claiming that a proposed Muslim community centre would lead to attacks on Jews.

Roberta Moore, head of the UK branch of the Jewish Defence League, wrote to Camden Council complaining about the proposed conversion of a shop in Cricklewood, north London.

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University students disrupt Israeli ambassador talk

By Anna Sheinman, October 25, 2012

A talk by Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub at Edinburgh University, organised by the Politics and International Relations Society and attended by 150 students on Wednesday evening, was disrupted by chanting students waving Palestinian flags.

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