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Salmond: Scots Jews are not persecuted

By Leon Symons, May 27, 2010

Scotland's First Minister has dismissed the claim that the country's Jewish community is shrinking because of a rise in antisemitism.

But speaking this week to a meeting arranged by Glasgow Jewish Educational Forum, Alex Salmond did acknowledge that there were incidents.

He went on: "I don't share the analysis that the Jewish community is suffering a wave of persecution or that antisemitism in Scotland is rapidly growing and such a severe problem that it is jeopardising this community."

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Manchester Police Chief: We'll fight hate

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 27, 2010

The Manchester community must do more to meet the threat of antisemitism in a city where they are more likely to face abuse than anywhere else in the country, according to its police chief.

In an exclusive interview, Chief Constable Peter Fahy said individuals must be more proactive in reporting incidents, and pledged to increase police numbers on campus significantly to thwart attacks such as the one suffered by Israel's deputy ambassador at Manchester University last month.

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Girl attacked in night bus horror with race abuser

May 27, 2010

A 21-year-old dental nurse was violently attacked after defending her Jewish friends during an antisemitic tirade.

But one year on, police are no nearer to finding her attacker, and this week they offered an unprecedented £10,000 reward for information which leads to an arrest.

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Applause for Israeli artist

By Julia Weiner, May 27, 2010

Leading Israeli artist Yael Bartana has been awarded the £40,000 Artes Mundi Prize for Contemporary Art, the UK's largest art prize.

Ms Bartana was honoured for her work over the past eight years. Her work has been widely exhibited all over the world, including at Tate Modern earlier this year.

She was unable to accept the prize in person at the National Museum in Cardiff because she was mounting an exhibition in Malmo, Sweden.

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Fraud probe dropped into ex-Leeds United director

By Jessica Elgot, May 27, 2010

Property tycoon and former Leeds United director Simon Morris has vowed action against West Yorkshire Police who, he claims, "devastated" his life during a three-year probe into fraud allegations, which were dropped this week.

Mr Morris's property empire SRM Holdings was investigated for running fraudulent buy-to-let schemes. The investigation has now been dropped by the Serious Fraud Office, due to insufficient evidence.

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Jailed lawyer in bid to block probe into assets

May 27, 2010

A disgraced Israeli lawyer has launched a unique legal bid to block a Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) investigation into his alleged multi-million pound assets in the UK.

Israel Perry was jailed for 12 years in October 2007 for aggravated fraud, embezzlement, obstruction of justice and violation of insurance laws following a six-year trial in Israel. His sentence was later cut to 10 years.

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Church values Jewish roots

By Simon Rocker, May 27, 2010

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Liverpool, Patrick Kelly, said he would rethink his view of Jewish-Christian relations after an address in the city on Monday from a senior Vatican official.

Cardinal Walter Kasper, who oversees the church's relations with Jews, said at Liverpool Hope University: "Cutting itself off from its Jewish roots for centuries weakened the church, a weakness that became evident in the altogether too feeble resistance against the persecution of the Jews."

But without the church, Israel was "in danger of becoming too particularistic and reclusive", he stated.

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Computer game to teach Middle East Peace

By Robyn Rosen, May 27, 2010

British schoolchildren are set to learn about the Israel-Palestine conflict thanks to a computer game devised in Denmark.

Global Conflicts: Checkpoints lets players take on the role of journalists reporting from the conflict.

The game is being used in more than 500 schools around the world. It has been designed for students aged 13 and above by award-winning company Serious Games Interactive, based in Copenhagen.

It is the second remake of Global Conflicts: Palestine, an educational game launched in 2007 that has been sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.

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Union breaks pledge over banning Israelis

By Robyn Rosen, May 27, 2010

The trade union Unison has refused the Trade Union Friends of Israel (TUFI) a stall at its annual conference, despite assurances that last year's ban would be lifted.

TUFI, which aims to improve trade union relationships between Israel and Palestine, has run a stall at the conference previously, but last year was refused due to a "security threat" following the Gaza conflict.

After the conference, TUFI was assured it would be considered this year.

Stephen Scott, director of TUFI, said: "We are disappointed that for the second year running we have not been allowed to exhibit.

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Support for Jewish green protesters

May 27, 2010

A campaign has been launched to support Jewish environmentalists accused of staging a protest which forced the closure of Aberdeen Airport.

Dan Glass, 26, Mark Andrews, 26, and Tilly Gifford, 24, all from north London will face trial, along with six others, in Aberdeen High Court on June 9.

They were charged with vandalism and breach of the peace after it was claimed that they took part in an anti-aviation protest organised by climate campaign group Plane Stupid. The protest caused the airport to close for two and a half hours, and 10 flights were disrupted.

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