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ITV 'Strictly Kosher' reality show star fined

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 24, 2012

ITV’s Strictly Kosher star Joel Lever has been fined nearly £6,000 for fire safety breaches at his Manchester shop.

Mr Lever became famous for his over-the-top antics selling ball gowns to Jewish mothers on the documentary which was screened last year.

But last Thursday he pleaded guilty to eight charges relating to poor fire-safety provisions at his Mon Ami Boutique in Prestwich.

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Design firm reinstates Israel on wall maps

By Jessica Elgot, May 24, 2012

An interior design company has had to "re-draw" a wall world map which omitted Israel for being "too small."

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Camden slaps ban on Islamist group

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

A group which promotes extreme Islamist organisations has been banned from using a taxpayer-funded neighbourhood centre.

The Ministry of Dawah has held lectures at the Camden Council-backed venue in north London for more than two years. Its glorification of Osama bin Laden, and extreme Islamist clerics such as Anwar al-Awlaki, was revealed in the JC last week.

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Mitzvah Day's Laura Marks sweeps the Board of Deputies poll

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2012

The head of a campaign to encourage more women into Jewish leadership roles set the perfect example on Sunday when she topped the poll for vice-president of the Board of Deputies. Laura Marks, founder of the cross-communal social action event Mitzvah Day, was elected senior vice-president - just four months after becoming a deputy.

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Writer aims for Seinfeld star's approval

By Jessica Elgot, May 24, 2012

An aspiring filmmaker from Chingford is one step away from having her film professionally critiqued by Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm writer Larry Charles, having reached the finals of a national competition.

Actress and comedy writer Alexis Strum has previously starred in Persona, a drama series only available on mobile phones, and has acted alongside Sir Ian McKellen and Richard E Grant.

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'British Jews have new confidence' leaders tell Knesset

By Nathan Jeffay, May 24, 2012

Israelis should stop sensationalising the problems facing Jews in the UK, a British Jewish leader urged in the Knesset on Tuesday.

Mick Davis, head of the Jewish Leadership Council and chairman of the UJIA, said: “The hyperbole and headlines which dominate the discourse in Israel about the UK often harm our community and bilateral relationship.”

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UK support for Israel 'declining'

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2012

Pro-Israel sentiment in the UK has dropped from 25 per cent to 17 per cent in a decade, while support for the Palestinians remained at the same level at 18 per cent.

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PCC backs Guardian over Jerusalem

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

The Press Complaints Commission has backed the Guardian after the newspaper refused to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

A picture of passengers on the city’s light railway observing a minute’s silence during the country’s Holocaust Memorial Day appeared in the Guardian’s centre pages, and on its website, last month.

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Security clampdown at Globe for Habima's Merchant in Hebrew

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2012

Shakespeare's Globe has stepped up security in anticipation of next week's two performances by Israel's Habima Theatre Company in order to avoid a repeat of the scenes at the Proms last year.

The Hebrew-language production of The Merchant of Venice has been beset by controversy, with a group of high-profile stage names calling on the Globe to boycott the Israeli company.

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'Be loyal to Israel' pleads foreign minister Lieberman

By Martin Bright, May 24, 2012

Diaspora Jews should support Israel’s government regardless of its political complexion, according to its controversial Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Jewish National Fund in London on Tuesday evening, Mr Lieberman said that Jews who organised a petition against his visit were a legitimate part of the debate about the future of Israel.

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