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Vienna divorce mother faces backlash

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2012

The British mother at the centre of a divorce case that has pitted her against members of the Austrian Jewish community has expressed shock at the reaction of Chabad to her plight.

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Peter Tatchell: IOC 'abdicated its moral responsibilities' over Munich silence

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2012

The human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has criticised the International Olympic Committee for denying the request of the widow of one of the Israelis killed at the Munich Games for a minute's commemorative silence.

Mr Tatchell expressed his shock over the continued stubbornness of Lord Coe and Jacques Rogge, respectively the London Games chair and the IOC president, on the matter.

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Ben Uri acquires Soutine portrait

By Simon Rocker, July 19, 2012

A portrait by one of the 20th century’s most important Jewish artists has been bought by the Ben Uri, the London Jewish Museum of Art.

La Soubrette, “Waiting Maid”, painted by Chaim Soutine around 1933, would go for an estimated £1 million to £1.5 million art at auction.

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Manchester terror trial wife found guilty on three counts

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 19, 2012

A Manchester Crown Court jury has today convicted an Oldham woman of planning a terror plot against Jews.

Shasta Khan was found guilty of three counts under terrorism laws.

Her husband, Mohammed Sajid Khan, 33, had already pleaded guilty to one of the offences, preparation for acts of terrorism, before the trial began.

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Chief Rabbi's prayer for victims of Munich Olympic massacre

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2012

The chief rabbi has issued a prayer to be read on the first Shabbat of the Olympic Games in memory of the victims of the 1972 Munich massacre.

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Amnesty International defends official accused of anti-Israel bias

By Marcus Dysch, July 19, 2012

Amnesty International this week defended a senior officer accused by the Zionist Federation of co-ordinating campaigns against Israel.

The ZF said Kristyan Benedict had “regularly shown a partisan approach” when dealing with the country.

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Board of Deputies' president 'too harsh' on Church of England

By Simon Rocker, July 19, 2012

The Board of Deputies has been criticised by its former interfaith officer for its reaction to last week’s Church of England Synod vote on Israel.

Board president Vivian Wineman accused the Synod of approving an “inflammatory and partisan” volunteer programme on the West Bank.

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Strictly Orthodox free school bids rejected

By Simon Rocker, July 19, 2012

In what was generally a bumper week for Jewish education, two cross-communal primaries in London and a high school for Leeds were among more than 100 new free schools approved by the Department of Education.

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British Jews alert and ready to deal with London 2012 Olympic security concerns

By Marcus Dysch, July 19, 2012

Despite the murders in Bulgaria, the London Olympics poses no specific threat to the Jewish community, although organisations should remain vigilant, experts have advised.

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UK will be ‘dragged in’ to Israeli strike on Iran

By Marcus Dysch, July 19, 2012

Diego Garcia, the British-governed island in the Indian Ocean, could be drawn into an Israel-Iran conflict, a Foreign Office minister has confirmed.

The territory has previously been used by the CIA for secret rendition flights and by the United States military as a base for long-range bombing missions on Iraq and Afghanistan.

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