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Stolen Klein painting recovered

By Robyn Rosen, March 17, 2011

A £6,000 painting stolen from a St John's Wood art gallery two years ago has been recovered after a fan of the artist discovered it hanging in a Moroccan shop.

Three of Anita Klein's paintings were bought with a fraudulent credit card from the Boundary Gallery on the last day of her exhibition two years ago.

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'Death threats' against interfaith man

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

A leading interfaith organisation has condemned death threats against an imam who preached evolution and supports women's rights.

Usama Hasan was threatened after Muslim protesters disrupted a lecture he was giving last month, calling for his execution.

The Woolf Institute's Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish relations said hatred should make way for debate.

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Why mother gave kidney to a stranger in Israel

By Keren David, March 17, 2011

A mother-of-five has become the first Briton to travel to Israel to donate a kidney and save the life of a stranger.

Tzivia Abrams, 40, went back to work as an office administrator on Monday, just over a week after after donating her organ to 10-year-old Hodaya Amran, from Elad.

Because Hodaya's problems were genetic, her own family was unable to help her.

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Muslim student conference looks at extremism

March 17, 2011

The organisation which represents Muslim students has held its first conference on campus extremism.

The Federation of Student Islamic Societies' Radical Thinking event took place at UCL last Friday.

It heard from speakers including David Knowles, a police liaison officier with the government's Prevent anti-terror strategy, and Mehri Niknam of the Joseph Interfaith Foundation.

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Edinburgh Students Union votes for boycott

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

Students at Edinburgh University have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a boycott of Israeli goods.

On Monday, around 270 backed a boycott motion with only 20 voting against it. Israeli products will not be sold in student union shops, and they will encourage suppliers to stop using Israeli products.

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Israeli students fear disclosing where they are from

By Robyn Rosen, March 17, 2011

Israeli students at British universities have spoken about the "hostility" they feel on campus. One says she hides her nationality.

In the past year alone, police have been called to anti-Israel protests at Manchester and Edinburgh universities and the London School of Economics.

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Liberty warns about 'casual antisemitism'

March 17, 2011

Britain's most prominent human rights campaigner has sounded a warning about the growth of a "casual antisemitism", which makes an automatic link between UK Jews and the state of Israel.

In an interview with the JC, Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti said that she was made uncomfortable by the tendency to assume people's political position on the basis of race.

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David Irving to speak in London

By Jessica Elgot, March 16, 2011

Holocaust denier David Irving has announced a speaking date in London, following a tour of the US.

His talk will take place at a secret location on May 21. The website reads: “You will be notified by email of the precise venue, a few days ahead of the date of the function.”

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Tchenguiz property firms in administration after SFO raid

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011

Four firms in Vincent Tchenguiz’s property company have gone into administration less than a week after the tycoon was arrested in a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) raid.

Thousands of jobs in the Peverel group, the UK’s biggest property management company, could be at risk after the board said it could not honour £125 million debts.

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Grant to make Einstein's work available online

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2011

Albert Einstein’s 132nd birthday has been marked with the announcement that from next year his work will be accessible online in a comprehensive archive.

The Noble-prize winning physicist, who died in 1955, left his entire body of research – more than 80,000 documents and papers - to Jerusalem’s Hebrew University.

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