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Antisemitic incidents rise slightly

By Simon Rocker, July 26, 2012

The number of antisemitic incidents in the UK rose fractionally in the first six months of this year compared to last year, probably due to new reporting methods.

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Hotel was 'duped' on far-right MEPs' event featuring BNP's Nick Griffin

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2012

A hotel which advertises itself as “the ideal venue for your Jewish wedding” says it was duped into hosting an event featuring BNP leader Nick Griffin.

The Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa on the Wirral, Cheshire, went ahead with the conference despite a campaign from anti-fascist activists to encourage it to cancel the booking.

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Cameron intervenes to lobby IOC for change of heart on Munich silence

By Martin Bright and Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2012

David Cameron has personally intervened in a last-minute attempt to provide a commemoration at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics for the victims of the 1972 Munich massacre.

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Radical transformation of Manchester couple convicted of terror plot

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 26, 2012

“I wouldn’t hurt anybody,” screamed the diminutive woman taken to the cells below Manchester Crown Court to begin an eight-year sentence for terrorism.

Shasta Khan, 38, a hairdresser from Oldham, had been found guilty of planning to blow up Jews in Manchester.

She and husband, Mohammed Sajid Khan, 33, became Britain’s first married couple to be convicted of terrorist offences.

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Munich silence ban: Rogge refuses to deny anti-Israel bias

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2012

The two Munich massacre widows who came to London to plead with IOC president Jacques Rogge for a minute's silence at the London Games emerged devastated and heartbroken from their 30-minute meeting with him on Wednesday night.

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Deborah Levy's Swimming Home up for Man Booker

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2012

Bookmakers have given a Jewish author's musing on depression and loyalty 14:1 to win the Man Booker prize.

The longlist for the prestigious literary award, which comes with a £50,000 prize, was announced yesterday, bringing it into its 44th year.

Deborah Levy has been included on the list for the first time, for her novel "Swimming Home". Ms Levy has written more than a dozen books,

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Fraudster wins UK frozen cash appeal

By Jenni Frazer, July 26, 2012

An israeli fraudster has won a battle to protect family assets in the UK from seizure by the UK authorities.

Israel Perry was jailed in Israel in 2008 for 12 years (later reduced to 10 on appeal) – and fined £3 million for a fraud involving pension funds.

In 2009, his and his family’s UK assets, including £14 million in banks, were frozen.

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Lord Sterling is new Ajex president

By Jenni Frazer, July 26, 2012

The man praised for his close involvement in June’s Diamond Jubilee river pageant, Lord Sterling, has succeeded Lord Janner as president of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women. Jeffrey Fox, national chairman, said Ajex was proud to have Lord Sterling on board.

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Anti-Israel UN official

July 26, 2012

David Cameron has been asked to follow through on his pledge to monitor the actions of a UN official who posted an antisemitic cartoon on a blog.

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ITV buys Israel dating show

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2012

A trio of British women will turn to Israel for inspiration as they attempt to find their perfect partner.

They are set to take part in new ITV2 dating show Three — which the channel has bought from the same Israeli production company that inspired the Golden Globe-winning drama series Homeland.

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