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MP pushing for release of Auschwitz files

By Martin Bright, February 2, 2012

The Ministry of Defence and the National Archives were under increasing pressure this week to release papers relating to Yitzhak Persky, the father of Israeli president Shimon Peres, who was held in a prisoner of war camp for British soldiers at Auschwitz.

Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP for Harlow, has written to Defence Secretary Philip Hammond asking for his help in releasing Mr Persky's

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Tributes to Holocaust survivor who kept on giving

By Jennifer Lipman, February 2, 2012

Tributes poured in this week for Holocaust survivor Roman Halter, who died on Monday, aged 85.

Mr Halter, who moved to Britain after the war and worked as an architect and artist, lost all his family in the Holocaust. He was best known for his stained glass window work, examples of which exist in synagogues and churches around Britain.

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Stalking victim receives compensation

By Marcus Dysch, February 2, 2012

The victim of a serial stalker has been awarded compensation after the High Court ruled the Crown Prosecution Service had failed to protect her.

Claire Waxman will receive £3,500 in damages after the CPS dropped a charge against Elliot Fogel, who has repeatedly been jailed for harassing her and her family.

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Antisemitism figures up in Manchester in 2011

February 2, 2012

The number of antisemitic incidents in Britain declined last year, according to new figures released by the Community Security Trust.

There were 586 recorded incidents across the country in 2011, representing a nine per cent decrease on the previous 12 months but also making it the fourth highest annual total on record.

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Coroner who ruled on Winehouse death resigns

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2012

Amy Winehouse's parents are exploring their next steps after the coroner in charge of the inquest into the singer's death resigned.

Suzanne Greenaway gave a verdict that the Jewish singer had died from "misadventure" and accidental alcohol poisoning last year. But it has now emerged that she left her job a month after the ruling because she did not have the appropriate qualifications.

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London Stock Exchange and rabbi plotters plead guilty

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2012

Four men have pleaded guilty to a plot to attack the London Stock Exchange and target two rabbis at their homes.

The men appeared at Woolwich Crown Court with five other British Muslims and pleaded guilty to the plan to plant an improvised explosive device in the Exchange’s toilets.

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London Stock Exchange and rabbi plotters plead guilty

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2012

Four men have pleaded guilty to a plot to attack the London Stock Exchange and target two rabbis at their homes.

The men appeared at Woolwich Crown Court with five other British Muslims and pleaded guilty to the plan to plant an improvised explosive device in the Exchange's toilets.

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Brunel union investigation after anti-Israel protest

By Jennifer Lipman, January 31, 2012

Brunel University's students union is looking into a protest that saw demonstrators stage a fake checkpoint scene to oppose a talk by an Israeli diplomat.

Ran Gidor, an official at Israel's London embassy, spoke at the Uxbridge university earlier this month in an event organised by the social sciences department.

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Auschwitz survivor Roman Halter dies at 85

By Jennifer Lipman, January 31, 2012

Holocaust survivor Roman Halter has died at the age of 85.

Mr Halter, who moved to Britain after the war and worked as an architect and artist, lost all his family in the Holocaust.

Born in Chodecz in Poland, he was sent to the Lodz ghetto, where he worked in a metal factory, as a young teenager.

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Guardian admits mistakes with Gove and CST piece

By Jennifer Lipman, January 30, 2012

The Guardian has admitted that the publication of a "misleading" article questioning funding for a Jewish security organisation on Holocaust Memorial Day was ill-timed.

The story about Education Secretary Michael Gove's connection to the Community Security Trust was posted online on Friday but was ready for publication before then.

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