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Joke's over for Jewish comic

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2010

Comedian Dan Antopolski has gone from most to least humorous in just 12 months.

In 2009 the Petah Tikvah-born stand-up won the Dave trophy for the funniest joke of the Edinburgh Fringe.

But this year he was awarded the honour of having the “worst joke” of the festival.

His gag went: "How many Spaniards does it take to change a lightbulb? Juan."

It was not deemed as humorous as his previous effort, which went: "Hedgehogs - why can't they just share the hedge?"

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Joey Barton: 'just pointing to moustache'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2010

Footballer Joey Barton has denied making a Nazi salute after he scored a goal for Newcastle in its match against Aston Villa.

After his goal gave the club its first victory of the new season, Mr Barton raised his left arm up to the sky and his right arm to his lip.

At the time he was also sporting a small dark moustache.

However, he has insisted that the celebration has been misunderstood and has since got rid of his facial hair.

He said: “I was merely pointing out that the moustache was going to go after the game”.

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X Factor singer Katie's musical past

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2010

X Factor hopeful Katie Waissel has run into controversy just days after appearing in the first programme in the series.

The Jewish singer from north London, who claimed to be a part-time receptionist with no musical experience to speak of, has in fact recorded music under the name Lola Fontaine and earlier this year released a jazz-inspired song collection.

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Stanley Fink to replace Rowland as treasurer

By Jennifer Lipman, August 20, 2010

Stanley Fink is to take over as the Conservative party’s treasurer following the resignation of businessman David Rowland.

Mr Fink, 52, currently serves as co-treasurer alongside Michael Spencer but will take on the top job following the Conservative party conference in October.

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Germany frees Mossad agent

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 20, 2010

The Israeli agent arrested two months ago in connection with the alleged assassination of senior Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in January, was released over the weekend and returned to Israel.

The man known as Uri Brodsky was arrested two months ago in Poland, on a German EU-wide arrest warrant.

Brodsky was arrested on charges that a year earlier he had helped another man receive a German passport in the name of Michael Bodenheimer. The passport was used by the team who, according to Dubai police, carried out Al-Mabhouh's assassination.

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BBC: flotilla ‘a political ploy’

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2010

The Gaza flotilla in which nine died was aimed more at turning international opinion against Israel than providing aid for Palestininans.

That was the considered opinion of the BBC's Panorama programme screened on Monday.

Presenter Jane Corbin interviewed IDF soldiers involved. One, identified only as Captain R, told how he was stabbed by those on board.

"They came at me with knives and tried to stab me. I kept getting hit on my head and my whole body," he said.

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A lot of hot Eire as Irish do boycott gig

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2010

Irish creative and performing artists have launched a cultural boycott of Israel, saying they will not perform or exhibit in the Jewish state "until it respects international law".

The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign launched the boycott with a concert in Dublin, declaring that performers "should not be used as propaganda tools by the Israeli apartheid state".

In response, the Israeli Embassy in Dublin said the move was "regrettable and ill-informed".

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Lecturer's sacking 'not because of conversion'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 20, 2010

An Israeli lecturer in modern Hebrew who claimed she was made redundant because of her conversion from Judaism to Christianity has had her case of religious discrimination dismissed.

At an employment tribunal in Reading, Judge Lewis upheld Dr Tali Argov's complaint of unfair dismissal, but ruled that the academic was not entitled to any compensation.

Dr Argov had been working at the Oxford Centre for Jewish and Hebrew Studies for eight years when she converted to Anglicanism in January 2008.

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Questions over future of Jewish Tribune

By Simon Rocker, August 19, 2010

Agudas Israel, the strictly Orthodox movement, is considering the future of the weekly Jewish Tribune.

Rumours began circulating this week that the newspaper, which describes itself as “the voice of Anglo-Jewish Orthodoxy”, would be closing as a weekly after Rosh Hashanah.

But Joe Lobenstein, who has been involved in the Tribune since its inception in 1962, said: “The subject is under consideration. No definite decision has been taken so far.”

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A* year for Jewish A Level students

By Jennifer Lipman, August 19, 2010

Jewish students are celebrating a bumper crop of A-level results, with many achieving the new A* grade.

At JFS Reuven Shirazi gained six A*s and one A grade, with several other pupils receiving three A*s. Overall, 48 per cent of the marks allocated were As or A*s and more than three quarters of the 489 results were B grade or above.

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