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£2m on Jewish schools' security

By Marcus Dysch, December 9, 2010

Education Secretary Michael Gove has pledged £2 million to fund tighter security measures to protect Jewish schools.

Payments will be made to 39 voluntary-aided Jewish schools in England, via the Community Security Trust.

The money will cover the amount previously paid by parents and the CST to provide extra fencing, guards and CCTV.

In previous years the Labour government had encouraged councils to allocate funding and cover the shortfall.

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Stacey Solomon's dad: My girl's a star

By Jessica Elgot, December 9, 2010

"Jungle Queen" Stacey Solomon's father has said her refusal to attack any of her camp mates is one of the reasons she won I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here.

David Solomon, a wedding photographer, said he was "ecstatic" that Stacey, a former X Factor finalist, had won the ITV show.

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Kosher meat labels rejected by EU

By Robyn Rosen and Michel Zlotowski, December 9, 2010

The campaign to save shechitah in Europe has passed another hurdle after European ministers rejected controversial labelling plans.

The Council of Ministers approved a draft of new food information regulation on Tuesday.

The draft did not include Amendment 205, which called for all meat products derived from animals slaughtered by shechitah to be labelled "meat from slaughter without stunning".

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Maccabi footballer questioned after incident

By Marcus Dysch, December 9, 2010

An amateur footballer has been arrested on suspicion of threatening players with a 12-inch knife during a Maccabi game.

Paul Samuels, player-manager of the South Mancs A side, was shown a red card for punching an opponent, but then allegedly pulled a blade out of his kit bag on the touchline.

The incident happened just before half time in his side's over-35s Maccabi Masters league game against Hendon Harriers in Edgware, north west London, on Sunday. The match was immediately abandoned.

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Jewish mastermind behind Coronation Street's explosion

By Marcus Dysch, December 9, 2010

Television viewers gripped by the dramatic tram crash in Coronation Street should brace themselves for another shock.

The devastating scenes - part of a week of special episodes to mark the show's 50th anniversary - were brought to life by a Jewish mastermind.

Will Cohen, executive producer at The Mill, one of the world's largest special effects companies, was hired by ITV to create the most dramatic scenes in the show's history.

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BNP faces backlash over Oldham threat

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 9, 2010

Jewish and Muslim communities in the north-west are readying themselves for a new campaign against the BNP if its leader Nick Griffin stands in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election.

The BNP leader hinted last Friday through the Twitter website that he might contest the seat. This came in the wake of the High Court upholding the decision to strip former Immigration Minister Phil Woolas of his seat, for lying about a rival in last May's general election campaign.

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MPs' challenge on Israel's child prisoners

By Leon Symons, December 9, 2010

Israel has admitted that some Palestinian children as young as 12 or 13 charged with criminal offences have been brought into court in handcuffs and leg irons.

The practice was brought to light by four MPs of the All Party Palestinian Group who visited Israel and the West Bank at the end of last month with lawyers from Israeli non-governmental organisation Defence of Children International.

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PSC play at Polish Centre sparks angry demo

By Jessica Elgot, December 9, 2010

Community leaders have accused the Palestine Solidarity Campaign of sabotaging Polish-Jewish relations by staging Seven Jewish Children at the Polish Centre in Hammersmith.

The Caryl Churchill play, originally staged at the Royal Court immediately after the Gaza offensive in 2009, was denounced by many critics as antisemitic.

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Police probe into 'antisemitic' speech at LSE

December 9, 2010

Police are investigating allegations of antisemitism after a lecture by a controversial speaker at the London School of Economics descended into chaos and 30 Jewish students walked out in protest.

The subject addressed by Abdel Bari Atwan, editor-in-chief of London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper, was "How much influence does the Zionist lobby exert in the US and UK?"

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Hague anger at no Israel settlement freeze

By Robyn Rosen, December 9, 2010

The Foreign Secretary William Hague has said he is “disappointed” Israel has not renewed its freeze on settlement building.

The announcement comes after the United States abandoned its efforts to persuade the Israeli government to freeze construction in the West Bank for a further 90 days.

Mr Hague said: “I am disappointed that Israel has not renewed the freeze on settlement construction and that peace talks are currently on hold.

“It is Britain’s longstanding view that settlements are illegal under international law and an obstacle to peace.

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