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Tillman's Aquascutum goes into administration

By Jessica Elgot, April 18, 2012

Aquascutum, the clothing company owned by Jewish businessman Harold Tillman, has gone into administration putting 250 jobs at risk.

Fashion businessman Mr Tillman, the former chairman of Jaeger, bought the luxury British brand, which dressed Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother, from its Japanese owners in 2009.


Third of Britons: Dislike of Jews 'understandable' because of Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, April 17, 2012

More than a third of Britons believe dislike of Jews is understandable given the actions of Israel.

According to a Europe-wide survey on prejudice and discrimination on the continent, conducted by Germany's Friedrich Ebert Foundation, 13.9 per cent of people in the UK believe that Jews wield too much influence in this country.


'Blood libel' cleric Salah returns to Israel

By Jessica Elgot, April 17, 2012

Controversial Islamic activist Raed Salah returned to Israel last night – after a ten month stay in Britain.

Israeli media reported that Sheikh Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was detained briefly by security forces at Ben-Gurion Airport but was later released.


Website call for total overhaul of Board of Deputies

By Simon Rocker, April 11, 2012

Nearly two thirds of the members of the Board of Deputies are over the age of 60, and more than a quarter over 70, according to a new online campaign for change within British Jewry's main representative body.

The group of "young professionals, older professionals, volunteers, charity workers, youth movement workers and students" behind the Changing the Board website say that the Board "cannot


Finance man wins money 'marathon'

April 11, 2012

Jeremy Silverstone, a financial adviser from Wimbledon, has won The Telegraph Fantasy Fund Competition, picking up a prize of £20,000.

Contestants, who were each given a £100,000 virtual portfolio, were challenged to generate the highest investment return they could on the imaginary money by choosing which funds to invest it in and how much to invest.


Blogger emerges from anti-Israel ordeal

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2012

A blogger questioned by police on suspicion of harassing anti-Israel demonstrators says he is a victim of "lawfare" tactics employed against supporters of Israel.

Richard Millett attended a protest outside the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum last December.

He filmed demonstrators from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign who were encouraging visitors t


Is Israel also responsible for the dying of the sun, Mr Brazier?

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2012

A Conservative MP has blamed Israel for "whipping up feeling" against British troops in Afghanistan, the election of extremists in Egypt, and Iran's threat to close a vital oil route.

Julian Brazier, MP for Canterbury and Whitstable, made the claims in a letter to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

Mr Brazier raised the issue of local authority tendering regulations before digressing into a


How Benny reclaimed the land

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 11, 2012

On April 24 1932, a five-foot-tall Jewish man led a hike up a mountain, which in turn led to titanic clashes between Britain's political left and right, between working and upper classes, and even to a public inquiry involving pop-star Madonna.


Jacobson and Ades hit out at theatre boycotters

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2012

The call to stop Israel's Habima theatre company from performing in the Globe's Shakespeare festival for political reasons has been labelled "an act of self-harm" by an award-winning British novelist.

Howard Jacobson was among those who added his voice to the condemnations of the 37 artists who urged the Globe Theatre to withdraw Israel's invitation to the Cultural Olympiad event, which begins


Wanted: high fliers to lead Jewish Community Centre

By Jenni Frazer, April 11, 2012

The Jewish Community Centre for London's announcement that it is seeking a new chief executive means that three high-profile Jewish community posts are now up for grabs.

Aside from the JCC job, the chief executive position at Bicom, the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre, until recently held by Lorna Fitzsimons; and the chief executive role at the United Jewish Israel Appeal, who