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Woman posted dog poo in lodger row

By Anna Sheinman, September 20, 2012

A Golders Green woman has been convicted of harassment and assault on a police officer, after a sequence of events during which she sent dog excrement to a former lodger by post.

Yanina Heuberger, 53, was convicted of sending both an abusive email and a further offending letter to lawyer Lisa Hirsowitz following a small claims settlement over the lodger’s rental deposit.

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Israeli lesbians win landmark discrimination case

By Anna Sheinman, September 20, 2012

An Israeli lesbian couple living in London have won a landmark case in an Israeli court preventing non-religious organisations from discriminating on ground of sexuality.

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Friends groups head to Israel

By Martin Bright, September 20, 2012

A combined Lords and Commons cricket team will fly to Israel the day after David Cameron’s speech to the Conservative Party conference. The delegation aims to use Britain’s greatest sporting export to combine Middle East fact-finding with cultural diplomacy.

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Israel boycott group recruit at War on Want

By Sandy Rashty, September 20, 2012

War on Want, a charity whose mission statement says that it fights global poverty, has appointed a leading anti-Israel activist as its senior campaigns officer.

Rafeef Ziadeh, who co-founded the Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid and identifies herself as a "refugee from occupied Palestine", was appointed following an "open recruitment" process advertised by the charity.

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Alex Kingston discovers her Jewish background

By Marcus Dysch, September 20, 2012

ER and Dr Who actress Alex Kingston has “embraced her inner Jew” after tracing her family’s Jewish heritage in the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? genealogy series, screened on Wednesday.

The experience included the revelation that her Jewish great-great-grandmother had run a brothel.

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Rosh Hashanah marred by antisemitic abuse

By Marcus Dysch, September 20, 2012

A number of reported incidents of antisemitic verbal abuse were reported to the Community Security Trust following Rosh Hashanah.

People walking to and from synagogues were shouted at by passengers in passing vehicles but there were no reported instances of more serious abuse or attacks.

It is understood that the CST was informed of around half-a-dozen incidents in London by Wednesday.

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Teen trio broke into synagogue and stole car

By Marcus Dysch, September 20, 2012

Three Jewish teenagers burgled a synagogue on a Shabbat and stole a congregant’s car.

They entered the Beth Shmuel Synagogue in Golders Green, north-west London, and took the keys for the vehicle, which was parked outside.

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Glasgow Jewish future in doubt say Calderwood Lodge school parents

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2012

Parents of pupils at Scotland's only Jewish school have warned of a decline in its religious education and expressed concern for the future of Glasgow's Jewish community.

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British film industry veteran Stephen Margolis will reinvigorate UK Jewish film

By Marcus Dysch, September 20, 2012

Writing labs, commercial radio and web-based TV programmes are part of plans to reinvigorate UK Jewish Film.

The charity’s new chairman, British film industry veteran Stephen Margolis, has pledged to “jazz up” the organisation and expand from its annual festival into assisting budding film-makers.

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Israel boycotters’ Veolia claims ‘just not true’

By Anna Sheinman, September 20, 2012

Boycott campaigners’ claims that their targeting of Veolia, the French company which has a five per cent stake in the Jerusalem light railway, has succeeded in preventing it winning contracts in the UK are wrong, according to a joint report by a Christian and a pro-Israel organisation.

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