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Ivor Dembina's show no joke for protester

By Robyn Rosen, July 21, 2011

A Jewish comedian has called for an investigation and threatened legal action after a protester disrupted his set at the London Jewish Cultural Centre, urging him to reveal his anti-Israel views.

Ivor Dembina, founder of the Hampstead Comedy Club, was performing in Ivy House in Golders Green on Monday, as part of an Edinburgh Festival preview, when protester Harvey Garfield interrupted his set.

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Man who revived European Jewry

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

Tributes have flowed in for one of British Jewry's best-known Orthodox activists, Aba Dunner, executive director of the Conference of European Rabbis, who died on Sunday aged 73.

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Don't target Hatton Garden, jewellers say

By Robyn Rosen, July 21, 2011

Pro-Palestine demonstrators have organised a protest in London's Hatton Garden as part of a campaign to boycott Israeli diamonds, which they claim "fund war crimes".

Diamond traders have raised concerns about the plans by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which call on demonstrators to gather in August to picket the famous London street lined with jewellery shops.

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Football comment about 'Jew hill' is rapped

By Robyn Rosen, July 21, 2011

A sports channel has apologised after a football commentator referred to "Jews Hill - where you sit if you're too tight to pay".

Former Northern Ireland footballer Alan McDonald made the comments during the Crusaders vs Fulham game in Belfast, broadcast last week on Setanta Ireland, which had taken the feed and commentary from broadcaster Premier Sports.

John Mann, chairman of the All-Party

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Artist's pro-Israel challenge

By Jessica Elgot, July 21, 2011

An Israeli artist's final degree show, which explored the anti-Zionism which she had encountered at her UK university, drew thousands of visitors and offers of exhibitions in London.

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London Citizens stand by their man

By Martin Bright, July 21, 2011

London Citizens, the "community organisers" feted by Ed Miliband and David Cameron, has chosen to stand by a trustee who expressed his support for Hamas.

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UCU executive set to meet Board and JLC

By Marcus Dysch, July 21, 2011

It emerged this week that University and College Union general secretary Sally Hunt is to meet representatives of the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council.

In a letter to James Mendelsohn, senior lecturer in law at Huddersfield University, who this week resigned from the union, Ms Hunt said they would discuss the exit of Jewish academics from the union.

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Assault charge in Stamford Hill

July 21, 2011

A strictly Orthodox man has been charged with grievous bodily harm to an elderly man after an incident in Stamford Hill. Chanan Elimelech Hertzig, 33, of Tottenham, was arrested following a report of an assault on April 28 in Sharon's Bakery in Stamford Hill.

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Reubens row

July 21, 2011

Two men were released on bail on charges of actual bodily harm following a brawl outside Reubens Restaurant in central London. The pair were arrested after being involved in a fight with a third man last Monday night, following allegations of non-payment.

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Crisp reply from Gary Lineker

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 21, 2011

Gary Lineker, the public face of Walkers Crisps, has sympathised with an observant Leeds Jewish family whose coeliac son can no longer eat the snack because of a legally enforced change in labelling.

The sports broadcaster told Debra Samuel that he could "understand the disappointment" that her son Matthew would no longer be able to eat Walkers Crisps.

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