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Rabbis outraged by 'inappropriate' Glenn Beck Holocaust slurs

By Jennifer Lipman, January 27, 2011

A cross-communal group of rabbis have joined the voices calling for media mogul Rupert Murdoch to remove the controversial right wing pundit Glenn Beck from Fox News.

The rabbis have taken out a full-page advertisement in the Wall Street Journal newspaper condemning Mr Beck’s repeated attacks on Holocaust survivor and financier George Soros.

In the advert the group criticised as “inappropriate” a programme broadcast on the channel last year called “Puppet Master”, in which Mr Beck accused Mr Soros of helping “to send the Jews to the death camps”.


Gaza images 'cast Israel in wrong light'

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2011

An exhibition featuring graphic images from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been accused of "fanning the flames of antisemitism".

Kai Wiedenhöfer's The Book of Destruction - named after an article about a list of Gaza's damaged buildings - shows Palestinians who were severely injured during Operation Cast Lead.

There are photos of people who lost limbs, as well as buildings flattened in the Gaza Strip, but none of Israelis or damage from Hamas rocket fire.


A woman of letters

By Robyn Rosen, January 27, 2011

An academic has been awarded a £9,000 grant to translate and catalogue 2,500 newly-discovered letters between an exiled German Jew and his family in Nazi Germany.

The collection was found by Daniel Schwab in his parents' garage in Johannesburg, and is now the subject of a research project by Dr Shirli Gilbert, a lecturer at Southampton University.

Mr Schwab's grandfather, Ralph sought refuge in South Africa after the Nazis came to power and exchanged many letters with a friend who was Nazi Party member.


Safety box guilty plea

By Robyn Rosen, January 27, 2011

A businessman who ran a safe deposit company at the centre of a £50 million police raid has admitted a string of offences in a long-running case.

Milton Woolf, a 54-year-old former treasurer of New London Synagogue, who lives in Golders Green, pleaded guilty to 14 charges at Southwark Crown Court last week, including possessing a revolver and false passports, not reporting money-laundering, and having $60,000 in counterfeit currency.


Campuses must stop extremists

January 27, 2011

John Mann has called the apparent refusal by the London School of Economics to clamp down on Islamist extremist speakers "unacceptable behaviour."
During the antisemitism debate, many MPs voiced anger over why hate speakers continue to be tolerated on campus.


MPs urge crackdown on internet hatred

By Jessica Elgot, January 27, 2011

MPs have urged the European Union to take the lead in cracking down on antisemitic sites from far right and Islamist groups.

At the first major debate on antisemitism last Thursday at Westminster Hall, John Mann, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group against Antisemitism, said he was frustrated with progress on the issue.

He said: "Is it beyond the EU to have some common standards relating to the internet that would greatly enhance what has happened in this country? "


FA silent on football racism report

January 27, 2011

The Football Association has been accused of ignoring a report into antisemitism submitted by politicians and football experts 18 months ago.

At the House of Commons debate MP John Mann said he had been asked by the FA to chair a working group into antisemitism and Islamophobia in the sport, but had received no response to its final report.

He said: "I now politely ask the FA, which has a new chief executive, to respond. I hope that it does so productively and positively."


Anti-Israel play runs in Lincoln

By Robyn Rosen, January 27, 2011

Lincoln University has been criticised for staging Caryl Churchill's controversial play, Seven Jewish Children.

The production will run in April at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre.

The 10-minute play was originally staged at the Royal Court in response to Israel's action in Gaza in January 2009.

John Nathan, reviewing it in the JC, wrote: "For the first time in my career as a critic, I am moved to say about a work at a major production house that this is an antisemitic play."


Charedim voice school concerns

By Simon Rocker, January 27, 2011

Charedi leaders have voiced concern about the government's plans to raise the school leaving age from 16 to 18 in a meeting with Schools Minister Nick Gibb.

A delegation from the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations discussed the potential impact on Charedi youth, who generally leave school by their mid-teens to go to yeshivah or seminary.


Science laureates' Israel talks

By Simon Rocker, January 27, 2011

Two Nobel laureates were among a delegation of leading British scientists who arrived in Israel this week for the first meeting of the UK-Israel Life Sciences Council.

Professors Sir John Walker and Sir Aaron Klug, who both won the Nobel Prize for chemistry, and Baroness Greenfield, are among the 12 British scientists taking part.

The nine Israelis also include two Nobel winners, Professor Ada Yonath of the Weizmann Institute and Professor Aaron Ciechanover, of the Haifa Technion, who also won their prizes for chemistry.