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Police death motorist walks free

By Leon Symons, December 17, 2009

An Israeli has walked free from court after admitting causing the death by careless driving of an off-duty motorcycle police officer.

Liron Shnaider, 26, of Finchley Road, Golders Green, north west London, was given 20 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, and 100 hours’ community service when he appeared for sentencing at Isleworth Crown Court on Monday.

He was also disqualified from driving for two years and must sit tests before he can drive in Britain again.

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Anti-Islam demo in Harrow draws just 15 supporters

By Marcus Dysch, December 17, 2009

A demonstration on Sunday against the building of a new mosque in north west London passed off peacefully, with no arrests.

Leading Jewish organisations had called on members of the community not to attend the Harrow demo, with the Board of Deputies and Community Security Trust among those warning against joining the Islamophobic protest.

Only 15 members of Stop Islamisation of Europe (SIOE), the organisation behind the demo, turned up at the rally, near Harrow Central Mosque.

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Michael Howard pays to restore Swansea cemetary

By Robyn Rosen, December 17, 2009

Michael Howard has helped to pay for the restoration of a vandalised Jewish cemetery in Swansea, where his father was buried.

The United Synagogue’s burial team was asked to restore Townhill Cemetery, which is now closed, by Mr Howard and the local Jewish community.

Mr Howard, the former Conservative leader, offered to pay for some of the team’s expenses and asked for his father, who was buried there in 1966, to be moved to Bushey cemetery to join his late mother.

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Man jailed for belt bomb plot against Jews

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 17, 2009

A 30-year-old Albanian Muslim who wanted to see Jews killed has been convicted of terror offences after Hizbollah instruction manuals on making missiles and suicide bomb belts were found in his home.

Krena Lusha, from Derby, was jailed for seven years on Tuesday at Preston Crown Court for five counts of possessing items connected with terrorism. These included petrol, Hizbollah military instruction manuals on how to make detonators, explosives, a missile and a suicide bomber belt, and a video entitled Mobile Detonators.

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Pro-Palestinian carol church gets hate mail

By Robyn Rosen, December 17, 2009

The rector of a church which held a carol service with alternative songs condemning Israel was reportedly sent a barrage of hate mail before the service.

Reverend Simon Grigg was allegedly told he would “go to hell” in a series of hate emails sent before more than 60 of protesters demonstrated outside his church in Covent Garden last week.

The service was held by Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (JBIG) and included readings by Palestinian writer Ghada Karmi, Baroness Jenny Tonge and Lauren Booth.

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Minister shares platform with far-right leaders

By Leon Symons, December 17, 2009

A government minister has spoken at the same controversial Palestinian-organised conference which invited an extremist Hungarian far-right leader.

Mike Foster, Minister of State at the Department for International Development, was invited by the Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) to a conference in London on Wednesday to mark the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).

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Liberal rabbis urge ‘Wear your tallitot’

December 17, 2009

The Liberal Movement is urging Jews to wear their tallitot this
Shabbat in solidarity with Women of the Wall (WOW), following the arrest of a woman who wore a tallit at the kotel.

Rabbi Danny Rich, chief executive of Liberal Judaism, said: “It is ironic that during the celebration of Chanucah which recalls the example of the few who fought for religious freedom, it is in the very same land — of Israel — that women are forced to fight for their religious rights.

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Boycott flyer found in Tesco superstore JCs

By Robyn Rosen, December 17, 2009

A Tesco store has sold copies of the Jewish Chronicle which were tampered with to include a flyer on boycotting Israeli goods.

Copies of the JC at the Tesco Superstore in Colney Hatch earlier this week had a flyer urging readers to take part in a protest outside the Israeli skincare store, Ahava, in Covent Garden.

The boycott has been organised by Boycott Divestment Sanctions’ Boycott Israeli Goods campaign and calls for protesters to meet outside the store on Saturday dressed for a “spa day” in robes and face masks.

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University academic refuses apology for threatening emails

By Marcus Dysch, December 17, 2009

A university governor has refused to apologise for sending offensive emails to a leading professor in which he declared “I hope you perish”.

The row between Ben-Gurion University’s British-born donor Michael Gross and Professor David Newman, led 120 BGU academics to write to its chair of governors demanding that Mr Gross should apologise or be sacked.

Mr Gross sent two emails to Prof Newman after the political geography professor, also British-born, appeared on last month’s Channel 4 Dispatches strand, which examined Britain’s pro-Israel lobby.

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Travel agent delays payoff for ex-worker

By Leon Symons, December 17, 2009

A north-WEST London travel agency is facing a mounting bill because its owner has not paid a former employee a settlement awarded by an employment tribunal.

Expert Travel in Golders Green, was taken to the tribunal in Watford last year by Karen Darzy, a part-time secretary, for unlawful deduction of earnings and failure to provide written terms of contract. Mrs Darzy worked at Expert from June to December, 2007.

Mrs Darzy, a 37-year-old mother from Hendon, north west London, was awarded £767 by the tribunal. But Expert joint owner Stephanie Lipman did not pay.

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