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End of the line: bid to see BBC's Balen Report is rejected

By Jessica Elgot, February 16, 2012

The Supreme Court will not force the BBC to reveal a report on its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

This week, the court's five justices unanimously dismissed the appeal of solicitor Steven Sugar, who had challenged the Corporation under the Freedom of Information Act to release the 2004 report, compiled by the BBC's senior editorial consultant, Malcolm Balen.

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JLC's new groups

February 16, 2012

The Jewish Leadership Council has welcomed two new membership organisations - the Leeds Jewish Representative Council and the Zionist Youth Council.

Mick Davis, JLC board of trustees chairman, said: "They will provide valuable expertise as we address the impact of the Localism Act and the challenge of engaging our younger generation."

Mr Davis also announced the formation of a new agency bas

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Honour for Kinder from Innsbruck

February 16, 2012

Three women who fled the Nazis as children have been honoured by Innsbruck City Council more than 70 years later.

Vera Adams, Dorli Neale and Vera Graubart all came to Britain on the Kindertransport in 1938, which enabled around 10,000 children to escape Nazi Europe.

The trio were awarded the prestigious Innsbruck's Cross of the Order of Merit at a ceremony at the Austrian ambassador's resid

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Aidan Burley in hot water again

February 16, 2012

French prosecutors announced on Wednesday that they had opened a formal investigation into a Nazi-themed stag party.

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Finkelstein disowns 'silly' Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2012

Controversial American anti-Zionist academic Norman Finkelstein has launched a blistering attack on the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel, labelling it a "cult" led by "dishonest gurus".

He made his comments during an interview with anti-Israel activist Frank Barat at Imperial College, London, earlier this week.

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'Racist' ref is suspended

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 16, 2012

The head of Manchester's Football Association said this week that antisemitic remarks had been "brushed under the carpet" in the past, after the suspension of a top refereeing official for a racist remark about the Holocaust.

On Tuesday, Philip Morris, referee appointments secretary at the Manchester FA, was suspended for two months after allegedly telling a young FA official before a Mancheste

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Call the midwife - and Ben, too

By Jennifer Lipman, February 16, 2012

When the last episode in the series of Call the Midwife airs on Sunday, it will be a proud moment for Ben Caplan - as an actor, but also as a father.

Mr Caplan, who grew up in Elstree, plays PC Peter Noakes, the love interest of Miranda Hart's character Chummy, on the BBC's runaway hit about midwives working in 1950s East London.

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New chief rabbi's wife must face selectors

By Jessica Elgot, February 16, 2012

The appointment procedure for the next Chief Rabbi has been questioned by leading employment lawyers after it emerged that the selection committee will meet the wives of candidates.

But the United Synagogue has insisted that such discussions will have "no bearing" on its choice of candidate.

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Pupils hack a day off school

By Jessica Elgot, February 16, 2012

Most pupils watching the first flakes of snow cross their fingers, hoping that their school will close the next day.

But as the snow fell earlier this month, some JFS pupils went to extraordinary lengths to make sure they got a "snow day".

As snow fell on February 4, parents who looked at the school website were informed that "school will remain open as normal".

But within hours a hack, k

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When a Cohen was the world champion boxer

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2012

Growing up in Algeria in the 1930s, Robert Cohen was teased for his diminutive stature and labelled "Gambuch" – short legs.

Little could he, or the playground bullies, have known that those jibes would inspire him to take the first steps in a boxing career that would lead the 5ft 2in tall, religious Jewish boy to become a champion.

At the age of 23, in front of a crowd of 70,000 which incl

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