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Children's author and Holocaust survivor on Queen's Honours List

By Zoe Winograd and Josh Jackman, June 16, 2012

Judge Clive Callman has been knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to law, education and charity.

The judge has been part of the Anglo-Jewish Association since 1956, and is a governor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

He is also director of the Jewish Studies Foundation in London.


Stephen Grabiner joins Times board of directors

By Jennifer Lipman, June 15, 2012

Stephen Grabiner, the former media chief of Apax Partners, is to join the board of directors of the Times Newspapers.

Mr Grabiner, who was head of media operations at the private equity investors for 11 years, is the first director to have been named since James Murdoch left the company last September.


Labour back calls for Commons silence for Munich anniversary

By Jennifer Lipman, June 15, 2012

Opposition MPs are calling on the government to agree to a parliamentary commemoration the Munich Olympic massacre when the games come to London this summer.


Hague to honour wartime British spy who saved Jews

By Marcus Dysch, June 15, 2012

Foreign Secretary William Hague is to unveil a plaque at a Jewish cemetery in honour of a British spy who saved thousands of Jews from the Nazis.

Major Frank Foley worked undercover for MI6, posing as a passport officer at the British Embassy in Berlin. He provided fake exit papers and acquired visas to help 10,000 German Jews escape.


No Globe charges

June 14, 2012

No charges are to be made against a 22-year-old man who was arrested protesting outside the Globe Theatre last month.

He was understood to be part of the anti-Israel demonstration calling for the Globe to prevent Israel’s Habima National Theatre from performing The Merchant of Venice.

The man was bailed pending further inquiries until June 7, but was not recalled or charged.


MEP attacks invitation to 'offensive' Polish priest

By Marcus Dysch and Josh Jackman, June 14, 2012

a conservative MEP has attacked colleagues for inviting a Polish priest accused of repeated antisemitism to speak in the European Parliament.

Marina Yannakoudakis said she felt “let down” by Polish MEP Mirosław Piotrowski’s invitation to Father Tadeusz Rydzyk.


Students host radical Islamist

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

A controversial Islamic speaker was due to appear before 300 people at York University’s Islamic Society on Wednesday evening.

Yusuf Chambers is a founding member of the iERA (Islamic Education and Research Academy), which organises lectures and speaking tours.


Lord Ahmed cancels far-right meeting

By Jessica Elgot, June 14, 2012

The controversial peer Lord Ahmed has cancelled plans to host members of an extreme right-wing group at the House of Lords this week.


Exam board seeks Board of Deputies' advice after 'prejudice against Jews' GCSE question

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

An exam board which set a controversial GCSE question asking why some people are prejudiced against Jews has acknowledged the upset caused by the question.

More than 1,000 students sat the AQA Religious Studies paper which asked: “Explain, briefly, why some people are prejudiced against Jews.”

Education Secretary Michael Gove strongly criticised AQA over the question.


Anti-Israel activists urge Queen to decline 'blood diamond'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2012

Supporters of a boycott of Israel have issued a call to Queen Elizabeth II, asking the monarch to divest herself of her “blood diamond”.