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New trauma for baby death couple

By Jessica Elgot, October 27, 2011

A couple have described their heartache after the Western Burial Society dashed their hopes of finding the grave of their baby daughter, despite telling them a few hours before that they had found where she was buried.

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Israel tent city an inspiration for Occupy London protest

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2011

Rabbis and community leaders have signed a letter supporting activists taking part in the Occupy London protests outside St Paul's Cathedral.

Their backing comes as Jewish participants in the protests - working under the "Occupy Judaism" and "Occupy Torah" slogans - drew comparisons with the tent city demonstrations seen in Israel during the summer.

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Livingstone's Islamist guru was an undercover cop

By Martin Bright, October 27, 2011

Ken Livingstone's guru on radical Islamic politics has been exposed as an undercover police officer who infiltrated the animal rights movement in the 1980s.

Until August, Dr Robert Lambert was the co-director of the European Muslim Research Centre (EMRC) at Exeter University.

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Livingstone's Islamist guru was an undercover cop

By Martin Bright, October 27, 2011

Ken Livingstone's guru on radical Islamic politics has been exposed as an undercover police officer who infiltrated the animal rights movement in the 1980s.

Until August, Dr Robert Lambert was the co-director of the European Muslim Research Centre (EMRC) at Exeter University.

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Ken Livingstone: Board of Deputies gave me 'grief'

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2011

Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has reflected on his fraught relationship with British Jewry in his newly-published memoirs.

In You Can't Say That, Mr Livingstone details long-running disputes with the Board of Deputies, explains his views on Israel, and recalls the infamous evening when he told a Jewish journalist he was "just like a concentration camp guard".

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Theresa May blocks Islam group jobs event

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2011

A Civil Service recruitment event was cancelled after Home Secretary Theresa May discovered it had been planned jointly with a student organisation she previously described as "complacent" in tackling extremism.

The Civil Service Fast Stream careers and skills session was due to take place on Tuesday organised with the Federation of Student Islamic Societies' (Fosis) careers section.

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Young cartoonist Zoom enjoys super success

By Jessica Elgot, October 27, 2011

Jewish cartoonists may have created Spiderman, the Hulk, and Superman, but the latest cartoonist making a splash is JCoSS pupil Zoom Rockman, 11, creator of hand-drawn comic The Zoom.

It has won international acclaim, and the fifth edition will have a special launch at the London International Comics Festival next week.

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'Hate speaker' at UCL, but campus extremism is a myth

By Jennifer Lipman, October 27, 2011

An Islamic preacher who views Hamas terrorists as "freedom fighters" has been invited to address University College London students, less than a fortnight after its provost Professor Malcolm Grant claimed there was no problem with extremism on campus.

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Calendar Girls - shot in a Manchester bakery

By Jessica Elgot, October 27, 2011

Twelve Manchester Jewish women will celebrate their 50th birthdays on a city-centre billboard, wearing nothing but a smile.

Inspired by the famous "Calendar Girls", the women have created a special calendar in aid of a breast cancer charity, posing naked with strategically placed props to keep their modesty intact.

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Case closed: now I’m wearing my luggage

October 27, 2011

Next week El Al is cutting back on its luggage allowances, restricting economy passengers to 23kg and just one bag. So what is the answer to every Jewish traveller's eternal problem - how to arrive at your destination (particularly if you are flying to Israel) with as much as possible in your luggage, while simultaneously avoiding huge extra baggage charges?

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