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'The Office' star's Anne Frank 'jokes' appal TV viewers

April 19, 2012

Viewers have threatened to boycott shows by Ricky Gervais, after he joked that Anne Frank's family went into hiding from the Nazis because they did not want to pay rent.

The comedian has been harshly criticised in the UK and across the Atlantic for using Anne Frank as "comedic fodder" on The Daily Show in the US.


Lord Sugar: Nobody should vote for Ken Livingstone as mayor

By Jennifer Lipman, April 19, 2012

A high-profile Labour peer has publicly stated that voters should not back Ken Livingstone to be mayor of London.

Lord Sugar, the Apprentice boss and millionaire entrepreneur, wrote on Twitter: "I don't care if Ed Miliband is backing Livingstone.

"I seriously suggest NO ONE votes for Livingstone in the Mayoral elections."


Israel boycott activist to take part in Olympic poetry festival

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2012

Israeli and Palestinian poets will be on the bill at an international poetry festival later this year as part of the Cultural Olympiad.

Anat Zecharya, a Tel Aviv-born writer and photographer, will be one of the up to 204 poets from Olympic nations taking part in the week-long celebration of verse at the Southbank Centre.


Tillman's Aquascutum goes into administration

By Jessica Elgot, April 18, 2012

Aquascutum, the clothing company owned by Jewish businessman Harold Tillman, has gone into administration putting 250 jobs at risk.

Fashion businessman Mr Tillman, the former chairman of Jaeger, bought the luxury British brand, which dressed Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother, from its Japanese owners in 2009.


Third of Britons: Dislike of Jews 'understandable' because of Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, April 17, 2012

More than a third of Britons believe dislike of Jews is understandable given the actions of Israel.

According to a Europe-wide survey on prejudice and discrimination on the continent, conducted by Germany's Friedrich Ebert Foundation, 13.9 per cent of people in the UK believe that Jews wield too much influence in this country.


'Blood libel' cleric Salah returns to Israel

By Jessica Elgot, April 17, 2012

Controversial Islamic activist Raed Salah returned to Israel last night – after a ten month stay in Britain.

Israeli media reported that Sheikh Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was detained briefly by security forces at Ben-Gurion Airport but was later released.


Website call for total overhaul of Board of Deputies

By Simon Rocker, April 11, 2012

Nearly two thirds of the members of the Board of Deputies are over the age of 60, and more than a quarter over 70, according to a new online campaign for change within British Jewry's main representative body.

The group of "young professionals, older professionals, volunteers, charity workers, youth movement workers and students" behind the Changing the Board website say that the Board "cannot


Finance man wins money 'marathon'

April 11, 2012

Jeremy Silverstone, a financial adviser from Wimbledon, has won The Telegraph Fantasy Fund Competition, picking up a prize of £20,000.

Contestants, who were each given a £100,000 virtual portfolio, were challenged to generate the highest investment return they could on the imaginary money by choosing which funds to invest it in and how much to invest.


Blogger emerges from anti-Israel ordeal

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2012

A blogger questioned by police on suspicion of harassing anti-Israel demonstrators says he is a victim of "lawfare" tactics employed against supporters of Israel.

Richard Millett attended a protest outside the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum last December.

He filmed demonstrators from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign who were encouraging visitors t


Is Israel also responsible for the dying of the sun, Mr Brazier?

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2012

A Conservative MP has blamed Israel for "whipping up feeling" against British troops in Afghanistan, the election of extremists in Egypt, and Iran's threat to close a vital oil route.

Julian Brazier, MP for Canterbury and Whitstable, made the claims in a letter to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

Mr Brazier raised the issue of local authority tendering regulations before digressing into a