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Injunction to stop Salford man repeating fraud

By Jennifer Lipman, June 5, 2011

A British businessman has been fined more than £1 million for a trading scam in which he impersonated other people including the director of a charity in order to boost share prices.

Samuel Kahn, from Salford, plotted to inflate the share price of the company Global Brands Licensing by 3.25 pence between March and April 2010. He then had the profits of the scam delivered to him in cash.

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UCU member resigns over antisemitism vote

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

A professor at Goldsmiths University has resigned from the University and College Union following its decision last week to reject the European Union's working definition of antisemitism.

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UK urged to follow US and boycott Durban review

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

British Jewish organisations have called on the UK government to follow in the footsteps of the United States and boycott the follow-up to the Durban conference.

The US said on Wednesday that it would not attend the United Nations event in September, because it would be wrong to commemorate the "ugly displays of intolerance and antisemitism" of the conference of September 2001.

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SOAS bite victim in court battle

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

A pro-Israel activist who was left with bite marks on his cheek at the School of Oriental and African Studies has launched a legal campaign after he was charged with the same offence as his attacker.

The man required medical treatment after the attack at an Israel Apartheid Week event in March.

His attacker was charged with common assault, but he was charged with the same offence.

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WHSmith remove Protocols

June 2, 2011

WHSmith has followed in Tesco's footsteps by removing The Protocols of the Elders of Zion from its website. The store made the decision after it received a complaint from Rachel Amdurer, a teaching assistant from Halifax.

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Loans for women strikes a UK chord

By Jessica Elgot, June 2, 2011

A charity which helps both Orthodox Jewish women and Arab women in Israel set up their own businesses is appealing for UK support.

Jafar Sabbah, director of the Jerusalem Interest-Free Microfinance Fund, said: "The charity has already increased the income of women from East and West Jerusalem from just £120 a month to almost £1,000.

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Blair insists peace talks are inevitable

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

Tony Blair believes Israel and the Palestinians have "no alternative" other than a return to peace negotiations.

The Quartet's Middle East envoy said the growth of the Palestinian economy, coupled with improved security for Israel and a resolution to the current political stalemate, could realistically bring a successful conclusion to the peace process.

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Liberals celebrate a same-sex wedding

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 2, 2011

The first same-sex Jewish ceremony officially to be termed a marriage by Liberal Judaism has taken place in Manchester.

Last Sunday, Manchester Liberal Jewish Community members Jeffrey Levine and Roman Hunter-Fox exchanged vows, a ketubah and rings under a chuppah at the city's Lowry Hotel.

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The far-right Jewish voice split and in 'disarray '

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

The hardline Jewish activist Roberta Moore was this week accused of being a divisive figure in the far-right's attempts to enlist support from members of the mainstream Jewish community.

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Boycott council in new Protocols row

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

A council at the centre of a row over its boycott of Israel is facing new criticism after it admitted lending a notorious antisemitic book.

West Dunbartonshire Council said it had bought a copy of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in January, after a request from library member Ron Vallance, a Scottish Friends of Israel activist.

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