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Radical transformation of Manchester couple convicted of terror plot

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 26, 2012

“I wouldn’t hurt anybody,” screamed the diminutive woman taken to the cells below Manchester Crown Court to begin an eight-year sentence for terrorism.

Shasta Khan, 38, a hairdresser from Oldham, had been found guilty of planning to blow up Jews in Manchester.

She and husband, Mohammed Sajid Khan, 33, became Britain’s first married couple to be convicted of terrorist offences.

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Munich silence ban: Rogge refuses to deny anti-Israel bias

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2012

The two Munich massacre widows who came to London to plead with IOC president Jacques Rogge for a minute's silence at the London Games emerged devastated and heartbroken from their 30-minute meeting with him on Wednesday night.

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Deborah Levy's Swimming Home up for Man Booker

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2012

Bookmakers have given a Jewish author's musing on depression and loyalty 14:1 to win the Man Booker prize.

The longlist for the prestigious literary award, which comes with a £50,000 prize, was announced yesterday, bringing it into its 44th year.

Deborah Levy has been included on the list for the first time, for her novel "Swimming Home". Ms Levy has written more than a dozen books,

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Fraudster wins UK frozen cash appeal

By Jenni Frazer, July 26, 2012

An israeli fraudster has won a battle to protect family assets in the UK from seizure by the UK authorities.

Israel Perry was jailed in Israel in 2008 for 12 years (later reduced to 10 on appeal) – and fined £3 million for a fraud involving pension funds.

In 2009, his and his family’s UK assets, including £14 million in banks, were frozen.

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Lord Sterling is new Ajex president

By Jenni Frazer, July 26, 2012

The man praised for his close involvement in June’s Diamond Jubilee river pageant, Lord Sterling, has succeeded Lord Janner as president of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women. Jeffrey Fox, national chairman, said Ajex was proud to have Lord Sterling on board.

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Anti-Israel UN official

July 26, 2012

David Cameron has been asked to follow through on his pledge to monitor the actions of a UN official who posted an antisemitic cartoon on a blog.

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ITV buys Israel dating show

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2012

A trio of British women will turn to Israel for inspiration as they attempt to find their perfect partner.

They are set to take part in new ITV2 dating show Three — which the channel has bought from the same Israeli production company that inspired the Golden Globe-winning drama series Homeland.

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New government adviser rejects boycott

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2012

The newly-appointed chief scientific adviser to the government has dismissed the threat posed to Israel by academic boycott activists in Britain.

Sir Mark Walport, 59, a top rheumatologist and immunologist, said while anti-Israel campaigners had generated “a lot of heat”, their efforts had resulted in little support from scientists.

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Children suffer as families face mounting debts

By Simon Rocker, July 26, 2012

Norwood, the family services agency, has reported a 20 per cent rise in its caseload since last year as economic conditions increase the strain on Jewish homes.

The London- based agency says that it is now supporting around 600 children and their families — with around two-thirds of cases related to the consequences of marital breakdown.

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UJIA PR man attacked in boycott row

By Simon Rocker, July 26, 2012

Joe Millis, the UJIA’s new public relations and communications manager, has defended his Zionist credentials after calls for his dismissal by one of the most widely-read Israeli columnists, who accused him of a being an “extremist critic of Israel”.

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