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Leaders trade blows over Mick Davis Israel criticism

By Simon Rocker, November 25, 2010

A group of prominent British Jews rallied behind UJIA chairman Mick Davis as arguments over his outspoken criticism of Israel reverberated across the community this week.

An open letter signed by 22 men and women, including nine current or past members of the Jewish Leadership Council, backed "public and honest discussion" over Israel and voiced support for Mr Davis for encouraging debate.

The signatories included former UJIA leaders Sir Trevor Chinn and David Cohen, donor Sir Harry Solomon, Bicom chairman Poju Zabludowicz and new peer, JLC vice-president Stanley Fink.

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Apprentice Jamie escapes with warning from Lord Sugar

By Jennifer Lipman, November 25, 2010

Former marine Christopher Farrell was fired from the Apprentice this week after his team failed to sell enough authentic German crisps made in Britain to companies in Hamburg.

Despite bringing in a total of €17,995, team Synergy, whose members included Jamie Lester, Liz Locke and Chris Bates as project manager, lost to opponents Apollo.

Lord Sugar criticised the team for missing an early-morning appointment, giving the competition the opportunity to secure the lucrative deal instead.

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Actor labelled Nazi may sue Independent

By Robyn Rosen, November 25, 2010

An actor is threatening to sue the Independent after it used a photograph of him on its front page describing him as a Nazi murderer “wanted for the deaths of 430,000 Jews”, according to a Croatian newspaper.

Tuesday’s Independent splashed with the story of Samuel Kunz, the 89-year-old Nazi who died before he could be brought to trial for the alleged murder of thousands of Jews.

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George Osborne: Board of Deputies speech in full

November 24, 2010

Chief Rabbi, Ambassador, ladies and gentlemen – good evening.

And thank you Lawrence for the very kind introduction.

Let me start by saying that it is a huge pleasure to be here tonight to address such a distinguished audience on such a special occasion.

In every walk of life and across every aspect of our civil society, from business to charity, from the arts to the sciences, I can see many people here who have made a massive contribution to British life.

I am delighted to be your guest.

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'Taliban mentor' cleric allowed to speak at House of Lords

By Robyn Rosen, November 24, 2010

A senior Muslim cleric who is known as the “Taliban’s ideological mentor” has been allowed to enter the UK and address the House of Lords.

Fazlur Rehman, the head of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party, came to the UK on Wednesday, at the invitation of the High Commission of Pakistan, and was due to address the House of Lords on Thursday.

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Anti-Israel protest at Camden's Electric Ballroom

By Jennifer Lipman, November 24, 2010

A dozen anti-Israel protesters interrupted a concert by 1980s punk bank The Fall in Camden on Tuesday evening.

The band, fronted by singer Mark E Smith, is set to perform in Tel Aviv in January 2010. Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) demonstrators calling for The Fall to boycott the date handed out leaflets outside of the Electric Ballroom venue.

On a Facebook page titled “Please don't play for Apartheid Israel” one of the protesters wrote: “The staff on the door at the Electric Ballroom were good.

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Nazi-quote MEP removed from European Parliament

By Robyn Rosen, November 24, 2010

A British MEP has been thrown out of the European Parliament chamber after quoting Nazi slogans.

Godfrey Bloom, the UKIP member for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, said: “Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuehrer” which means “One People, One Kingdom, One Fuehrer” as German MEP Martin Schulz was making a speech this morning.

The phrase was a political slogan used by the Nazis.

Mr Bloom refused when asked to apologise and said: “You are an undemocratic fascist.”

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'Israel a rogue state' student runs for Cambridge Union president

By Jennifer Lipman, November 24, 2010

A student who helped win a debate on the delegitimisation of Israel by arguing that it is a “rogue state” only because of positives including humanitarianism and protection of civil liberties is hoping to become the next president of the Cambridge Union.

Gabriel Latner, from Toronto, was given a life ban from the union last month after the debate in which he opposed Ran Gidor, Israel’s minister for political affairs, to share a platform with pro-Palestinian campaigner Lauren Booth.

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Vanessa Feltz to hand over to Chris Evans every morning on BBC

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2010

Vanessa Feltz has been confirmed as the new presenter for the Radio 2 Early Breakfast show.

As the JC reported last week, the Jewish broadcaster will take over from Sarah Kennedy in the slot, starting from January 2011.

Her new role will not prevent her from continuing to present her weekday programme on BBC London.

Ms Feltz said she was “overjoyed” to be joining the UK's most listened to network.

“I'm a huge fan of Radio 2 - home of many of the country's most beloved presenters.

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Galloway, Corbyn rapped by Ofcom for Press TV Israel programme

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2010

Ofcom has ruled that George Galloway repeatedly breached broadcasting standards on impartiality during a series of Press TV programmes on which he described Israel as “a terrorist gangster state” and a “miscreant, law breaking rogue, war launching, occupying state.”

The media watchdog also found that Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn did not show due impartiality when he appeared on the Iranian-backed channel as a guest on Mr Galloway’s weekly Comment show.

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