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Jewish war heroes get final salute at Rememberance Day

By Jenni Frazer, November 19, 2009

A swirl of scarlet and a skirl of the trumpet; a forest of military standards and a virtual garden of poppied wreaths, laid with great tenderness and solemnity at the Cenotaph. Pin-sharp creases in the uniforms, pin-sharp precision in the marching.

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Rabbi ‘offered girls cocaine for sex’

By Lauren Veervers, November 19, 2009

A rabbi caught with more than £15,000 in cash and 100g of cocaine was dealing to girls in exchange for “sexual services” a court heard.

Baruch Chalomish, 54, and his friend Nasir Abbas, were caught in possession of cocaine with a purity of up to 80 per cent by police who searched a serviced apartment in January this year.

Police later searched the rabbi’s home on Upper Park Road, in Salford, and discovered a further 50g of cocaine scattered around the house in different containers.

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Analysis: It’s not worth taking Dispatches seriously

By Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, November 19, 2009

Peter Oborne is one of the UK’s best investigative journalists. What is striking about his Channel 4 programme Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby, is how little he has found to reveal as the result of an inquiry lasting months.

He claims that donations to the Tory Party and its candidates, from all Conservative Friends of Israel members and their businesses, “add up to well over £10m over the past eight years”. According to the Electoral Commission, the pro-Conservative group with some 2,000 members donated barely £30,000 before the 2005 general election and nothing since then.

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Dispatches Israel lobby film: The reaction

By Martin Bright, November 19, 2009

Jewish organisations have reacted angrily to a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary claiming to expose an “Israel lobby” working to buy influence with UK politicians and journalists. The Board of Deputies has raised concerns that the programme has already sparked a slew of antisemitism.

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Rabbi: Don't pray in a minyan on a plane

By Simon Rocker, November 19, 2009

Flying can pose all sorts of challenges, none more so than for those who are meticulous about saying their prayers at the right time of day.

A Manchester rabbi reportedly told a meeting this week that it is better to pray in your seat rather than risk a disruption by standing in the aisle.

He was unavailable for comment ...because he was flying when the JC tried to contact him.

But a member of his audience said that he had been concerned about the impression made on potential passengers, especially if Jews simply got up and tried to pray in a minyan.

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BNP 'will take its first council' at next election

By Martin Bright, November 19, 2009

The British National Party is poised to win control of its first council in Britain to add to its success in the European elections earlier this year.

The Labour Party high command has been told that activists in east London believe Barking and Dagenham Council may well fall to the neo-fascist party in local elections next year.

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Employee drops case against Alan Sugar

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2009

A sex discrimination case against Lord Alan Sugar and Apprentice winner Lee McQueen has been dropped.

Hanna Sebright, 46, has claimed that sexist remarks were made to her while she was working for Amscreen.

Lord Sugar, who was recently appointed as the government’s enterprise tsar, was chairman of Amscreen until July this year.

Ms Sebright made a claim of unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination against Lord Sugar, his son Simon, Lee McQueen and Sean Keenan.

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Wales' oldest synagogue to become apartments

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2009

Wales’s oldest synagogue is to be converted into apartments if planning permission is approved by councillors.

The Grade II listed building, on Bryntirion Road, Merthyr Tydfil, was built in the 1870s. It is currently empty and has been a target for vandals.

The neo-Gothic building has been used as a Christian community centre and a gym since the synagogue closed in 1983. It is thought to be the only synagogue with a Welsh dragon as part of its architecture.

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The JC wins European design award

November 17, 2009

The JC has once again picked up an award, this time for its innovative front pages.

Our editions of July 3 and August 4 were judged the best for weekly papers – throughout Europe.

The 11th European Newspaper Awards saw stiff competition from 240 other newspapers from 27 countries.

The awards are intended to foster the exchange of information about the conception and design of newspapers throughout the continent.

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Dispatches criticised by leading Jews

By Jessica Elgot, November 17, 2009

A row over the Channel 4 flagship investigative programme Dispatches, which examined the influence of the Israeli lobby, has erupted after the programme was broadcast last night.

The programme, Inside Britain’s Israel Lobby, had already attracted criticism for the antisemitic comments posted on the Channel 4 website.

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