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Holocaust artist sets Four Rooms dealers' teeth on edge

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2012

A man who claimed that his sculpture of the entrance of Auschwitz was made from the gold teeth of Holocaust victims has walked away from £37,000, after being challenged by a Jewish art dealer to destroy the "tasteless" work.


Chasidim apply for free school

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

What could be the first Chasidic free school has cleared the initial hurdle in its attempt to secure state aid.

Beis Malka, a girls' school in Stamford Hill which has around 400 pupils aged three to 16 and is linked to the Belz Chasidic sect, is one of five Jewish groups which have applied to become free schools next year.

The other four applicants are all for new schools: two cross-communal


FCO: No talks with Hamas

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

The Foreign Office has flatly denied Hamas claims that Britain is one of five European Union countries which have held secret talks with the militant Palestinian organisation in recent months.

According to an Associated Press report on Wednesday night, Hamas foreign affairs representative Osama Hamdan said that it had discussed its position on the Middle East process with European officials.


He's an eBay entrepreneur - and he's just eight years old

By Jessica Elgot, May 3, 2012

Most children who want a bit of extra pocket money start a paper round or set up a homemade lemonade stall.

But eight-year-old Sam Meisel watched his father Wayne selling old clothes and jewellery on the online auction site eBay and thought he would give it a go.

The young eBay entrepreneur has now made around £200 selling his toys and games - to the astonishment of his parents.


Hero Brit who saved Argentinian Jew during Falklands

By Marcus Dysch, May 3, 2012

Many of the Falklands War's acts of heroism have entered armed forces folklore, but a newly-revealed story may be one of the most remarkable of them all.

The five-day Battle of San Carlos, 30 years ago this month, saw British forces create a beachhead and land troops on the Falklands as the fight to reclaim the islands began.

Amid the fighting, a Jewish Argentinian soldier found himself pinn


Why won't Andrew Lansley condemn union that banned an Israeli speaker?

By Martin Bright and Anshel Pfeffer, May 3, 2012

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has refused to intervene over the withdrawal of an invitation to an Israeli conflict resolution expert to speak at an NHS-sponsored event next week.

The invitation to Moty Cristal, who has advised Palestinian groups and human rights organisations, was cancelled following a demand from the Unison trade union.


St Andrews anti-Jewish abuse appeal fails

By Marcus Dysch, May 1, 2012

A former St Andrews University undergraduate has failed in an attempt to overturn his conviction for racially abusing a Jewish student.

Paul Donnachie attacked Chanan Reitblat at a university hall of residence, desecrated an Israeli flag and called the Lithuanian-born supporter of Israel a “terrorist”.


Israeli expert barred from NHS-sponsored event after UNISON pressure

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 30, 2012

The participation of an Israeli expert on conflict resolution at an NHS-sponsored event next week in Manchester was cancelled following pressure from local representatives of the UNISON trade union whose members were supposed to participate in the workshop.


Cardiff library backs down on Protocols

By Jessica Elgot, April 26, 2012

Anti-racism campaigners have urged Cardiff City Council to remove a copy of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion from a city library.

Anti-racism campaigner Dave Shipper, 85, wrote to the library in February that the book was written to "foster hatred of Jews".


Leeds' Levi sues Ken Bates again

By Marcus Dysch, April 26, 2012

A former Leeds United director is seeking damages from the club's current chairman, Ken Bates, over alleged harassment. Melvyn Levi claims the businessman, the club and a local radio station pursued a campaign against him and his wife, Carole.

Part of the claim - being heard at Leeds County Court - rests on comments made by Mr Bates in the club's matchday programme.