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Now Bob Geldof does like Mondays

By Jennifer Lipman, March 25, 2011

Bob Geldof is to make his first trip to Israel to accept an honorary degree from Ben Gurion University.

And the Boomtown Rat, who shot to fame with I Don't Like Mondays, will have to change his tune - because the ceremony is planned for Monday May 30.

The award marks his anti-poverty campaigns such as the Live Aid and Live 8 concerts and his work with a range of charities.

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Dame Vivien Duffield's £8.2m British culture boost

By Jennifer Lipman, March 25, 2011

The philanthropist behind the new Jewish Community Centre for London has pledged £8.2 million towards a range of British cultural and education programmes.

Dame Vivien Duffield said she wanted her donation, which comes amid 40 per cent funding cuts to the Arts Council England, to help ensure culture would be “at the heart of our children's learning."

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Boycotters 'victory' as music festival distances itself from Israel

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2011

Israel boycotters have declared a “victory” after organisers of an Israeli music conference assured them that the event would have no Israeli government funding.

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Hague: solidarity with Israelis after Jerusalem bomb

By Jennifer Lipman, March 24, 2011

William Hague has expressed solidarity with Israelis and offered “deepest condolences” to the family of the British women killed in yesterday’s bomb attack in Jerusalem.

The Foreign Secretary, addressing the House of Commons, condemned the attack and drew attention to the 30 victims, eight of whom were seriously injured.

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Holocaust denier Irving to speak in the UK

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2011

Holocaust denier David Irving has announced a speaking date in London following a tour of the US, his first since 2009.

His talk will take place at a secret location on May 21. His website reads: "You will be notified by email of the precise venue, a few days ahead of the date of the function."

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Two new members join JC board

March 24, 2011

Two new non-executive directors have joined the board of the Jewish Chronicle.

Daniel Finkelstein, executive editor of The Times and a JC and Times columnist, and Michael Marx, a property developer who is chairman of the London Jewish Cultural Centre, become the newest members.

The new board, chaired by lawyer and writer Anthony Julius, took over in January.

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Lottery boost for Holocaust education

By Simon Rocker, March 24, 2011

The Heritage Lottery Fund has given a major boost to Holocaust education with a £475,000 grant to London's Wiener Library, the world's oldest archive on the Nazi era.

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New moves to boycott Israeli gems

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2011

Boycotters have begun alleging that rough diamonds polished in Israel are "blood diamonds."

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Scots burial board settles out of court

By Stephanie Brickman, March 24, 2011

The Glasgow Hebrew Burial Society, GHBS, has settled out of court with its former burial officer Warren Bader, just hours from the start of what would have been a five-day tribunal.

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Scottish MSPs want Gaza ship

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2011

Scottish MSPs have launched a fundraising drive at the Scottish Parliament for a "Scottish ship to Gaza".

The appeal is for £500,000 to buy a vessel, a project co-ordinated by Glasgow Labour MSP Pauline McNeill, the convenor of the Scottish Cross-Party group on Palestine.

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