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Seven years prison after violent assault

By Robyn Rosen, February 3, 2011

A Jewish man has been sent to prison for seven years after luring a teenager to a restaurant in Golders Green and repeatedly stabbing him following a feud over a girl.

Jacob Butchoff, 20, pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent and was handed the sentence in Wood Green Crown Court today.

He was arrested in September last year after he attacked an 18-year-old man at a Chinese restaurant in Golders Green Road.

The victim had begun a relationship with Butchoff’s ex-girlfriend in 2007 which prompted animosity between the two.

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Guardian hits back at 'anti-Israel' claims

By Charlie English - The Guardian, February 3, 2011

A week after publication, the Guardian's revelations about the Palestine papers – published in partnership with Al Jazeera – have been followed up by leading Israeli and Arab news outlets as well as global media organisations such as the BBC and the New York Times.

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Brothel millionaire has to repay £4,000

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 3, 2011

A Jewish man who lived a luxury lifestyle by earning £5 million through a chain of brothels has been ordered to pay back just £4,000, while police will return guns and a ninja knife to him. But his wife must return £250,000, a Manchester court has heard.

Ian Barnett and his wife Michelle, from Prestwich, appeared at Manchester Crown Court on Wednesday. The couple were involved in a prostitution enterprise comprising four brothels across Greater Manchester.

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Government fails to act on campus

By Marcus Dysch, February 3, 2011

The government department responsible for universities has admitted having no recent discussions with higher education authorities over campus invitations to hate speakers.

The revelation came in a written response to a parliamentary question tabled by Lord Beecham. He had asked what representations had been made to university authorities about invitations to speakers with a history of promoting antisemitism, Islamophobia or racism on campus.

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Pro-Israel activists lobby MPs

By Marcus Dysch, February 3, 2011

More than 300 pro-Israel activists met their MPs to voice concerns during the Zionist Federation's annual Parliamentary lobby day.

They expressed their fears over rising extremism on campuses and attacks on Christian communities in the Middle East during sessions with parliamentarians last week.

A training session for lobbyists was led by ZF president Eric Moonman and Jacob Vince of Christian Friends of Israel.

Around 100 MPs, including Sir Alan Beith, Louise Ellman, Lee Scott, Theresa Villiers and Luciana Berger, later met constituents for private meetings.

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UK Jews reach out to Arabs

By Jessica Elgot and Simon Rocker, February 3, 2011

Religious, business and community leaders, including two US rabbis, have spent five days in Nazareth forging connections with Arab businesses and charities, in the first trip of its kind organised by the UK Taskforce on Israeli Arab Citizens.

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The Jaffa oranges grown in Spain

By Jessica Elgot, February 3, 2011

Puzzled customers have been wondering why they keep seeing the Jaffa brand in supermarkets, but then discover that the fruit in question is not grown in Israel.

But a JC investigation has established that Jaffa oranges and grapefruits can be sold by Tesco - but the fruit is not necessarily from Israel.

The brand name Jaffa can be used by Tesco on citrus fruits approved by the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture when the Israeli fruit is out of season.

But other supermarkets may be using the Jaffa name improperly if the fruits are not Israeli.

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Herzl's priest recognised after 80 years

By Simon Rocker, February 3, 2011

For 80 years the body of the Reverend William Henry Hechler lay in an unmarked grave at the edge of New Southgate Cemetery in north London.

But on Monday the Anglican priest, a supporter of Theodor Herzl's quest to found a Jewish state, finally received due recognition.

Israeli and Christian representatives witnessed the unveiling of a tombstone to mark a "lover of God… and His Ancient People" and "a tireless adversary against antisemitism".

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Antisemitic incidents still at record high

By Robyn Rosen, February 3, 2011

Antisemitic incidents have reached the second highest level since records began, according to annual figures released by the Community Security Trust.

The CST confirmed that 639 incidents were reported in 2010, a 31 per cent fall from 2009’s record high of 926, caused by antisemitic reactions to the Gaza conflict in January of that year.

Despite the drop, incidents were 17 per cent higher than the 2008 figure of 546 and 15 per cent higher than 2006, which previously held the highest number of incidents, caused by reactions to the second Lebanon war.

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Rabbi confirmed in West London post

By Simon Rocker, February 1, 2011

Rabbi Julia Neuberger said she was thrilled to become the next senior rabbi of West London Synagogue after a ballot of members confirmed her appointment.

Baroness Neuberger, who will join part-time in March with the aim of becoming full-time in September, said: “This is the leading Reform synagogue in the UK and it’s a huge privilege to be asked to lead it.”

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