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Kosher deli owner sparks kashrut row in Glasgow

By Simon Rocker, September 27, 2012

The Lubavitch owner of a kosher deli has caused a stir in Glasgow by choosing to supervise it himself rather than come under the umbrella of the local kashrut authority.

Rabbi Mendel Jacobs took over Hello Deli in August, announcing that it was under the “strict” supervision of himself and his wife Tzirl.

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Drugsline goes into liquidation

By Anna Sheinman, September 27, 2012

The Ilford-based charity Drugsline was put into voluntary liquidation this week. The Chabad-supported drugs outreach organisation, run by Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin, who received an MBE for his work, has educated hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren in its 23 years of operation, as well as supporting drugs users and their families. Its closure was announced in the JC three weeks ago.

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Press Complaints Commission raps Guardian over Mavi Marmara claim

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2012

The Guardian has been forced to clarify a story about the May 2010 Gaza flotilla, which tried to breach the Israeli blockade, suggesting that anti-Israel activists on board had been unarmed.

The story, published in May, reported on the Israeli government offering £4 million in compensation to the families of Turkish activists killed on the Mavi Marmara ship, which led the flotilla.

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Ambassador attacks Lib Dem Simon Hughes over 'one state' comments

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2012

Israel’s ambassador to Britain has attacked the Liberal Democrat deputy leader for suggesting a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict was no longer possible because of settlement building.

Daniel Taub said Simon Hughes was “playing into the hands of extremists” by advocating an approach that would “signal the end of the Jewish homeland”.

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I was angry with my ex-lodger — so I sent her dog poo at work

By Anna Sheinman, September 27, 2012

A Golders Green woman who sent dog excrement in the post to a former lodger received a harassment conviction and a conviction for assault on a police officer, at City of London Magistrates’ court last week.

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'Drugs Live' scientist hails rare opportunity

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2012

A scientist involved with a television programme featuring public figures taking ecstasy has praised it for offering an "unusual opportunity" for studying the aftereffects of the drug.

Dr Jonathan Roiser, from UCL's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, is set to appear in the second installment of Channel 4's "Drugs Live: the Ecstasy Trial" programme.

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Teenager appears in court on burglary charge

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2012

A Jewish teenager has appeared in court charged with burglary.

Uriel Broder was charged with one count of burglary following an alleged incident on Sunday.

It is understood that a Jewish family reported a break-in at a property in Golders Green Road.

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Negative Israel travel piece was 'valid', claims The Times

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2012

The Times has stood by a travel piece about Israel that described the country as remaining “a place of barely contained warfare.”

The piece, headlined “Enjoy Jerusalem with a stunning sea view” appeared in the paper’s Saturday travel section on September 15 and told readers that “fear of violence has cut tourism to Israel”.

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No charges for race hate on Facebook

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 27, 2012

No charges of internet race hate will be brought against five men associated with a far-right group which runs antisemitic Facebook pages.

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Stockbroker Nicholas Levene faces jail

By Anna Sheinman, September 25, 2012

City stockbroker Nicholas Levene faces a “substantial” jail term after he pleaded guilty, at Southwark Crown Court on Monday, to cheating investors out of £32m.

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