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Adolf Hitler in Blackpool golf course art show

By Anna Sheinman, August 14, 2012

Adolf Hitler is one of the controversial features of a new art show in Blackpool. The image of the Nazi leader, unveiled on Saturday, acts as part of a notional crazy golf course – when a player hits a shot on target, the figure says "No! No! No!" and raises its arm in a Nazi salute.


Israel boycotters turn attention to Edinburgh culture meeting

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2012

Anti-Israel campaigners have revealed plans to disrupt a meeting of international politicians due to discuss culture in Edinburgh this week.

The first International Culture Summit will be held in the Scottish capital on Monday and Tuesday, bringing together culture ministers from Olympic nation as well as scores of other figures from the arts world.


Jewish leadership tells Rogge: your presence is not enough

By Jenni Frazer, August 10, 2012

Mick Davis, chair of the UJIA and the Jewish Leadership Council, spoke on behalf of the community at the Guildhall ceremony to commemorate the Munich athletes. In unusually trenchant remarks, addressed directly to Jacques Rogge, the IOC president, he said: "We - British citizens, Israelis, Jews and all people of conscience – are here this evening to honour the memory of the victims.


Rabbis' rage after judge insists that a girl of 10 can convert

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2012

Rabbis have criticised a judge for ruling that a Jewish 10-year-old from Essex can convert to Christianity against the wishes of her mother and all four grandparents.


Conservative Friends of Israel attack envoy Matthew Gould

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2012

Parliament's biggest pro-Israel lobby group has attacked the British ambassador to the country after he claimed that public opinion was turning against Israel due to its policies on settlements and treatment of Palestinians.

Conservative Friends of Israel said Matthew Gould's remarks on anti-Israel sentiment in Britain and boycott campaigns were "unrepresentative of reality".


The Jewish Olympic gold medal horse

By Simon Rocker, August 9, 2012

For one Jewish couple, London's golden Olympics had a special lustre this week.

Emma and Michael Phillips are joint owners of Triple X, one of the horses that jumped to victory in the team showjumping event on Monday.


The MP who expenses his Hebrew classes

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2012

A Conservative MP who wanted to learn Hebrew enrolled in lessons – but with the taxpayer footing the bill.

Nick Boles, who met his Israeli partner on a visit to the Jewish state with Conservative Friends of Israel, included the £678 cost of the lessons on his expenses bill.


What bribery trial? Olmert joins Mr Westfield for a luxury Olympics

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 9, 2012

For the Olympics, the moorings around Canary Wharf have been transformed into a billionaires’ car-park. Super-yachts serve as accommodation that no five-star hotel can equal, and lie a short, chauffeured hop from the main Olympic sites. For more distant venues, there is a helipad handy.


How UK became mediator between Israel and Turkey

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 9, 2012

Britain has joined a US initiative to mediate between Israel and Turkey in an effort to repair relations between the two countries.

Restoring complete diplomatic ties and a strategic partnership between Israel and Turkey — which only a few years ago were strategic allies — has long been an objective for the Americans.


How Munich widow broke news to her children

By Jenni Frazer, August 9, 2012

Ilana Romano, widow of the weightlifter Yosef Romano, spoke in Hebrew of the agony of her loss in 1972.

She said: "We are gathered again in anxiety and agony to mark the 40th anniversary of the cruel tragedy at the Olympic village in Munich.

"This is the 10th Olympiad since 1972.