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Man questioned over antisemitic egg attack

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

A man has been questioned by police on suspicion of throwing eggs at Jews in "drive-by" attacks.

The 19-year-old was interviewed on Tuesday following two suspected incidents in Hendon and Golders Green, north west London, on the Friday evenings of December 9 and 16.

In the first incident, four Jewish girls in their early 20s had eggs thrown at them as they walked along Golders Green Road.

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Pro-Palestinian protester wins damages

By Simon Rocker, December 22, 2011

A pro-Palestinian demonstrator has won damages against the police after her arm was broken during protests outside the Israel Embassy in west London three years ago.

High Court judge Mr Justice Eder awarded Kelly Minio-Paluello, 30, £14,303 for the injury sustained in a demonstration by 100-200 people against Israel's Cast Lead operation in Gaza in December 2008.

The judge accepted police a

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Rabbi defends his London Citizens involvement

By Jessica Elgot, December 22, 2011

Senior Masorti rabbi, Jonathan Wittenberg, has robustly defended his participation in last week's London Citizens multi-faith event, which was also attended by senior members of the East London Mosque.

Rabbi Wittenberg maintained that had he not attended "there would be no Jewish voice at all. There are people in this country who never hear a Jewish voice.

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Anti-Zionist professor's low marks for Israeli - now a distinction

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

An Israeli postgraduate student has succeeded in having her dissertation re-marked to a distinction after it was originally supervised and given a poor mark by a professor who campaigns for an academic boycott of Israel.

Smadar Bakovic repeatedly told Warwick University she was uncomfortable with Nicola Pratt overseeing her master's dissertation on Israeli Arab identity.

Professor Pratt is a

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Barmitzvah plea for Xmas minyan gets flood of offers

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2011

The parents of a barmitzvah boy in Exeter have praised the "kindness of strangers" after the family received offers from JC readers to help make a minyan on Christmas Day.

More than 30 families responded to their appeal for "three wise men" so that Joe Gabriel (right, with his parents and younger brother) can lay tefillin and be called up for the first time at a service on Sunday.

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Sephardim hold crisis talks over rabbi election

By Simon Rocker, December 22, 2011

Sephardi leaders held an emergency meeting on Wednesday night to try to find a way out of the continuing dispute over the choice of its next rabbinic head.

London-born Rabbi David Bassous appeared to have won approval to succeed Rabbi Abraham Levy as spiritual leader of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation in an election held by its membership three weeks ago.

But opponents of the

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Waterstone's backs down over Mein Kampf

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 22, 2011

Booksellers Waterstone's has apologised for inappropriately promoting Adolf Hitler's book Mein Kampf as a "perfect" Christmas present.

But the UK's largest bookshop chain has denied it is attempting to bolster sales of the infamously antisemitic work, despite the JC discovering several stores deliberately and prominently displaying the book.

Staff at Waterstone's in Huddersfield used a festi

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Antisemitic blogger escapes prison term

By Jessica Elgot, December 22, 2011

A London blogger who wrote that Jews must be "attacked wherever you see them" on the Scotsman newspaper's website has escaped jail, after pleading guilty to posting the comments.

Mohammed Sandia from Wembley said Jews were a "genetically mutated inbred tribe. Jews are not fit to breathe our air and should be attacked wherever we see them.

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Giant menorah wrecked and rebuilt - just in time

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2011

Volunteers rebuilt a 15ft menorah in less than six hours after vandals destroyed Scotland's biggest public chanuciah in an antisemitic attack.

Edinburgh Chabad constructed and installed the new menorah in time for Tuesday night's first candle-lighting - describing the feat as a modern-day Chanucah miracle.

The original menorah - erected in the city's St Andrew's Square - was found destroyed

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Judge rules on Orthodox battle over property

By Simon Rocker, December 22, 2011

An Orthodox businessman has lost a High Court action involving a bitter family feud over the carve-up of assets from a multi-million pound property empire.

Joseph Ackerman sued his sister-in law Naomi Ackerman and her son Barry Ackerman in a case which has racked up estimated costs of £2 million.

Mr Ackerman and his brother Jack, who arrived as child refugees in the UK from Czechoslovakia i

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