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The fifth Beatle

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 22, 2011

A film about the Jewish, gay and drug-addicted manager of the world's most famous music band is to be made in Liverpool.

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Bodyguard threat to businessman

By Zoe Beaty, September 22, 2011

A property mogul sent his 21-stone bodyguard to force a former business partner and fellow member of the Leeds Jewish community into repaying a loan, a court has heard.

Former Leeds United boss Simon Morris, 34, who was heavily in debt after several failed dealings, asked Johnathan Ashworth, 51, to visit Hedley Manton at his office to collect £100,000 he had lent him to buy a house.

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How one man's protest went around the globe

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2011

The level of anti-Israel activity on British campuses is "overwhelming" and not enough is being done to combat it, according to a former academic in Islamic studies.

Denis MacEoin, former editor of the Middle East Quarterly, led criticism of one student association which attempted to implement a boycott of Israel earlier this year.

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Herald editor says sorry

By Jessica Elgot, September 22, 2011

A scottish newspaper has apologised after a columnist asked readers to imagine, "If Giffnock was Gaza", deliberately choosing Glasgow's most Jewish area.

Tom Shields, who writes for Newsquest-owned Herald Scotland, said he chose the suburbs of Giffnock and Newton Mearns to compare with Gaza and the West Bank because they contain the highest number of supporters of Israel.

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Ambassador's villa in Israel up for sale

By Anshel Pfeffer and Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2011

The residence of Britain's ambassador to Israel is to be sold, amid plans to move the diplomat to a more modern, accessible property.

The Foreign Office has put the luxurious villa on the market following spending cuts.

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Our ten finest shuls

By Simon Rocker, September 22, 2011

What does Ramsgate have in common with Bradford, Brighton and Liverpool? They are all sites for historic British synagogues which have just been recognised as part of the cultural heritage of Europe.

The country's 10 finest synagogues have been nominated as part of a "Jewish route" across Europe – one of seven cultural routes being created across the continent by the Council of Europe.

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Sometimes reality is our best ally

By Jenni Frazer, September 22, 2011

Israel's new ambassador to the UK, London-born Daniel Taub, pledged this week to do whatever he could to engage people across the political spectrum with the Jewish state - even those who were ostensibly anti-Israel. "Even a short visit to Israel can have a dramatic effect," the ambassador said.

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UJS 'lacks backbone': Schochet

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2011

A leading Orthodox rabbi believes Jewish students do not have the "backbone" to tackle anti-Israel activity on campuses.

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet said the Union of Jewish Students "must stop playing the victim" and unite against "radicalism and fundamentalism" at British universities.

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PM 'fights for Israel' as Labour backs Pal bid

By Stephen Pollard and Martin Bright, September 22, 2011

The Prime Minister flew to New York this week "to fight for Israel" at the United Nations, according to senior Conservative Party sources.

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LPO urged to end suspension of Israel boycott musicians

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2011

Dozens of musicians, artists, playwrights and activists have urged the London Philharmonic Orchestra to reconsider its suspension of four members for expressing anti-Israel views.

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