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Jewish York heritage app

By Jennifer Lipman, March 8, 2012

The story of the massacre of York's medieval Jewish community and much more will be easily accessible to tourists for the first time, thanks to the work of historian Professor Helen Weinstein.

Prof Weinstein, director of York University's Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past, has helped bring to fruition a downloadable app that takes visitors on a journey through the city's Jewish


Auschwitz files may have been destroyed

By Martin Bright, March 8, 2012

Crucial documents, including letters from British soldiers alerting the War Office to the Holocaust, may have been destroyed in the chaos at the end of hostilities.

These records are believed to have included coded messages from Sergeant-Major Charles Coward, the head of the British prisoner of war camp at Auschwitz about what he witnessed there.


Hague rebuts 'Arabist' accusation

By Martin Bright, March 8, 2012

Foreign Secretary William Hague has reacted with fury to the suggestion that he has been taken hostage by Arabist Foreign Office mandarins.

Mr Hague turned on backbencher Douglas Carswell at a private meeting of more than 30 pro-Israel Conservative MPs last week, describing his concerns about the Foreign Office as "claptrap".


London's biggest synagogue 'for sale'

By Simon Rocker, March 8, 2012

Members of Finchley Synagogue may have been shocked to see emails and notices posted yesterday to announce their building was up for sale.

The fastest-growing congregation in the United Synagogue would be the last anyone would imagine be on the move.


Cameron losing patience with Iran

By Martin Bright, March 8, 2012

Has David Cameron had his "45-minute" moment, after warning on Tuesday that Iran's nuclear programme was a threat beyond the Middle East?


Barmitzvah boy film to get Sex and the City star

By Jessica Elgot, March 8, 2012

A film about a young baseball player who finds refuge from his abusive stepfather by studying for his barmitzvah, will include stars from Sex and the City and The Wire.

British-based filmmaker Jess Quinones, who grew up in Miami before moving to London, wrote the film about his own teenage experiences.


George Galloway likely to stand in Bradford by-election

By Jennifer Lipman, March 6, 2012

Former Respect MP George Galloway is strongly considering standing for an election in Bradford.

Mr Galloway, who was voted out as MP for Bethnal Green and Bow two years ago, said he was almost certain he would campaign for the Bradford West seat.


Composer behind Disney hits dies at 86

By Jennifer Lipman, March 6, 2012

The composer behind It's a Small World After All and the song Supercalifragilistic from the Disney musical Mary Poppins has died.

Robert B Sherman, the London-based songwriter who with his brother Richard composed music for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Aristocats, The Jungle Book and The Parent Trap, was 86.


Sally Hunt re-elected as UCU general secretary

By Marcus Dysch, March 6, 2012

Sally Hunt has been re-elected general secretary of the University and College Union after defeating Socialist Workers' Party member Mark Campbell.

Ms Hunt received 10,776 votes, a winning margin of almost 7,000 and representing 73 per cent of the votes cast.

The winning margin was five times larger than when she was first elected in 2007.


Police probe into Israel "must be destroyed" speaker dropped

By Marcus Dysch, March 5, 2012

Police have dropped an investigation into comments made by controversial former US marine Ken O'Keefe at an Israel Apartheid Week event.

Officers studied video footage of Mr O'Keefe telling an audience that Israel "must be destroyed", but decided no criminal offence had been committed.

Mr O'Keefe had responded to last week's news of the investigation by tweeting: "Bring it ****ing on."