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Students shun Amnesty over anti-Israel event

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

Dozens of Amnesty International student activists are expected to cut links with the organisation over its decision to host a controversial anti-Israel event.

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Refugees' bows hit the right notes

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

A unique collection of more than 30 English Baroque instrument bows acquired by a German Jewish refugee couple is to be auctioned next month.

Otto and Trude Huttenbach, who fled to London in the late 1930s, collected bows made in the 18th century by some of the world's great violin-makers.

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AJR marks its 70th anniversary

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011

The lives of refugees who fled from antisemitic persecution will be celebrated in a week-long series of events to mark the 70th anniversary of the Association of Jewish Refugees.

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Israelis shocked at life in Britain

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

A group of Israeli parliamentary advisers say a visit to Britain to learn about pluralism in the Jewish community has revealed a stark contrast to their lives at home.

The fourteen, among them political advisers, Knesset spokespeople and parliamentary journalists, met representatives from all sections of British Jewry during the five-day trip.

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He put colour in her cheeks: did her smile save his life?

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011

A former British prisoner of war in Auschwitz has described how he received a cherished oil painting of his sweetheart, painted from a black and white photograph by a Jewish prisoner in the camp.

Welsh-born Bryn Roberts, now 92, who lives in Lyme Regis, was a labourer in Auschwitz when he received a picture postcard of his girlfriend Peggy Gullup through the Red Cross.

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NUS want to send students on Gaza flotillas

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

The National Union of Students has adopted a vehement anti-Israel policy in a move that has stunned Jews on campus.

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Rothschild finds new home in dairy farm

By Simon Rocker, May 19, 2011

A converted dairy farm will open next month as the new home of one of Europe's best-known philanthropic organisations, the Rothschild Foundation.

Windmill Hill is located on the estate of Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury Buckinghamshire, the house built by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild in 1877 to contain his art collection. It is now a National Trust treasure.

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Films unearthed after 50 years

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011

An 87-year-old documentary maker has spoken of his astonishment at having his films re-discovered, more than 50 years after they were made.

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'Sleep second to getting Israel message out'

May 19, 2011

The Israeli diplomat charged with handling boycott issues in the country's Foreign Ministry, DJ Schneeweiss, told a standing-room only session: "BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) is not swamping the world with its agenda."

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We believe in Israel: A new beginning

By Jenni Frazer, May 19, 2011

It was, declared Lord Kestenbaum, opening the We Believe in Israel conference on Sunday, the largest single gathering in Britain on behalf of Israel.

It encompassed all shades of political and religious opinion, all ages - with a healthy 20 per cent of student age - and included both Jewish and non-Jewish supporters of Israel, particularly from churches, trade unions, and political parties.

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