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Home Office responds on EDL threat

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

The Home Office has written to an umbrella group representing a range of Jewish communal and religious groups in response to statements distancing themselves from the methods and aims of the English Defence League.

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UK gets chance to trace persecution

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

One of the world's largest Holocaust archives, recording the fate of 17 million people, could be made available in Britain for the first time - if the money is found to fund it.

The International Tracing Service (ITS) archive contains more than 50 million pieces of information, using records from concentration camps, ghettos and displaced persons' camps.

It was initially created by the Briti

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Senior UK medic helps to 'transform' Galilee

By Jessica Elgot, December 15, 2011

A Leeds professor says that a new, £256m medical school in Israel's poorest region will "transform" the Galilee.

Professor Mary Rudolf, consultant paediatrician at Leeds General Infirmary, who is also professor of child health at the University of Leeds, will take up the position of Professor of Public Health at the new Bar Ilan Medical School in Sfat, opened last month by Prime Minister Benja

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Salmonella inquest blames packaging

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 15, 2011

The death of a Jewish grandmother who contracted salmonella from beansprouts should force national changes to food labelling to prevent further deaths, a coroner has ruled.

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The lawyers who stopped Gaza flotilla

By Jessica Elgot, December 15, 2011

An Israeli lawyer who specialises in huge civil suits against terror groups such as Hamas and Hizbollah has claimed British lawyers are "timid" when it comes to "lawfare".

Jerusalem-based Nitsana Darshan-Leitner's law firm, Shurat HaDin, was instrumental in stopping the second Gaza flotilla by threatening the boat insurers that they could be charged with "aiding terrorism".

Her firm has sued

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Mea culpa from Conservative MEP

By Jessica Elgot, December 15, 2011

British MEP Sir Robert Atkins has apologised for suggesting pressure should be put on Jews in the diaspora over the treatment of Palestinians.

Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman met the Conservative MEP on Friday to demand an apology.

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Fine for race abuse

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

A man who threatened a Jew and told him to "leave the country" was caught out after he inadvertently led police to his doorstep.

James Casserley, 62, was found guilty of racially/religiously aggravated harassment after he showed a man waiting for a bus in Finchley a card bearing the word "IRA". He shouted: "You Jews are dead meat.

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Eric Pickles pledges to ensure Shoah legacy

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has visited Auschwitz to check on the progress of restoration work, partly funded by the British government.

He took part in a two-day trip and met the directors of the former concentration camp's museum and foundation to discuss how worldwide contributions were being used.

In May, the government announced it would contribute £2.1 million to the Auschwitz-

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Lord Sacks highlights persecution of Christians in Middle East

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

The Chief Rabbi has called on Britain's Jewish community to support Christians in the Middle East who are living "in fear" of persecution.

Speaking during a Lords debate last Friday on the situation of minorities in the wake of the Arab Spring, Lord Sacks said that the "fate of Christians in the Middle East today is the litmus test of the Arab Spring".

Lord Sacks, who apologised for having t

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A donkey, too, is for life

December 15, 2011

An international animal rights charity has made donkeys the focus of its Christmas appeal, and has picked a sanctuary in Israel.

Former "pet detective" Zvika Tamuz, who has run a donkey sanctuary in Kfar Shmuel since 2007, has been championed by the World Society for the Protection of Animals.

"In biblical times, the donkey was honourable," he said.

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