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Academic plagiarism case dropped

By Robyn Rosen, March 11, 2010

A plagiarism allegation against a senior academic has been dismissed after a hearing heard that the student did not own copyright to a disputed dissertation.

Dr Remco Polman, a practitioner psychologist, faced a conduct and competence committee hearing at the Health Professionals Council (HPC) last Friday for allegations that he plagiarised a dissertation by former Leeds Metropolitan University student Jeannette Cohen, which he denied.

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William Hague's kosher Hendon experience

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2010

It is not every day the Shadow Foreign Secretary tucks in to chicken schnitzel and chips at a kosher restaurant.

The White House in Hendon is a rather different establishment to the South Yorkshire pubs where a teenage William Hague supped pints.

But he made the most of his experience in north London on Monday evening, munching on dishes including cigarim, matbucha, pitta and hummus.

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Dell customer told: Sorry, we're boycotting Israel

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2010

Computer manufacturer Dell has launched an investigation after a call centre worker told a customer the company "would not deal with Israel".

The male staff member was asked whether a laptop charger could be sent to Israel but responded by falsely claiming the company was boycotting the Jewish state.

A company spokesman said an internal review of the incident had begun and reassured customers that products remained on sale in Israel and to Israeli shoppers online.

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Israeli's chance for Iraq election vote scuppered

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2010

An Iraqi-born Jewish pensioner was left disappointed after he was unable to vote as an expatriate in the country's general election last weekend.

David Sasson wanted to cast his vote in Wembley, north west London, but his hopes were dashed despite twice queuing for more than five hours.

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi expats took part in the election, voting over three days at polling stations in 60 cities worldwide.

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Killer of Jewish shopkeeper 'could still be at large'

By Leon Symons, March 11, 2010

The contract killer of Beatrice "Biddy" Gold, the London woman shot dead in the basement of her clothing business 35 years ago, might still be at large, it emerged this week.

The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) confirmed that the case of John Errol Heibner, convicted in 1976 of Mrs Gold's murder, will be referred back to the Court of Appeal.

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Cyril Ross: the fur coat spy

By Bernard Josephs, March 11, 2010

As unlikely spies go, a master furrier, head of the West End ladies' fur coat company, Swears and Wells, would be hard to beat.

But according to secret intelligence reports just released by the National Archives, Cyril Ross was just that.

As Israel fought for its existence in May 1948,leading Jews met in London to discuss supporting the embattled country.

The highly sensitive talks, held under conditions of strict secrecy, centred on the urgent need to raise large sums of money to bolster the struggling state.

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Jewish Book Week breaks records once again

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2010

The organisers of Jewish Book Week are celebrating a successful festival, despite the challenges posed by the economy.

The nine-day event ended on Sunday with a sell-out debate on the relationship between Israel and the diaspora.

Guardian and JC writer Jonathan Freedland chaired the lively session with panellists Daniel Levy, an adviser to American advocacy group J Street; human rights specialist Francesca Klug; and Professor David Newman of Ben-Gurion University.

Ticket sales for the festival remained at a similar level to last year's record-breaking 13,000 seats.

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Palestine group gets student union ban

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2010

A pro-Palestinian group which launched an angry protest against an Israeli speaker has been banned from using a student union's facilities.

Leeds University Union took action against the student Palestine Solidarity Group after protesters interrupted a talk given by Ishmael Khaldi, Israel's deputy consul.

They chanted and banged on the doors of the lecture theatre as Mr Khaldi spoke at the Jewish Society event.

The union's activities executive has stopped PSG booking rooms in the union building until the start of the next semester in April.

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Survey: most parents accept non-Jewish pupils

By Simon Rocker, March 11, 2010

The overwhelming majority in a survey of parents of Jewish pupils at Jewish schools say they would accept the admission of non-Jewish children.

Around half of the survey, conducted among parents of the three Jewish schools in Redbridge in Essex, would feel it acceptable for non-Jewish children to make up 10 per cent of the roll - while roughly a quarter of the parents would accept up to 25 per cent non-Jewish pupils.

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Analysis: You've betrayed the Jewish community, Jack Straw

By Martin Bright, March 11, 2010

The time has now come to tell the full story of how the government betrayed the Jewish community over "universal jurisdiction". In more than a decade of covering UK politics, I have never known a story quite like this.

It is now three months since David Miliband and Gordon Brown pledged to change the law that allowed an arrest warrant to be issued for Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni.

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