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Hackney families 'forced out' by extension restrictions

By Robyn Rosen, November 26, 2010

The Mayor of Hackney has been accused of "social cleansing" by preventing large Charedi families from extending their houses.

Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors are speaking out against Jules Pipe following new restrictions on extensions published earlier this year which, they claim, does not accommodate large families.

They say families are being forced to move to neighbouring borough Haringey, where in April the council approved guidelines for home extensions in an effort to address the problem of over-crowding in strictly Orthodox households in south Tottenham.

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School texts say 'God curses Jews'

By Simon Rocker, November 26, 2010

Education Secretary Michael Gove is exploring how to regulate weekend religious schools as evidence emerged this week that antisemitic material is being taught in Saudi-linked classes in the UK.

Children are being asked to list the "reprehensible qualities" of Jews in a network of more than 40 supplementary schools, according to an edition of BBC1's Panorama broadcast on Monday.

They learn that Jews are "cursed by God" and look like "monkeys and pigs" from textbooks published by Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Education.

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'Israel a rogue state' student loses Union vote appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, November 25, 2010

Gabriel Latner, the student who transformed a debate on the delegitimisation of Israel into a celebration of the country’s humanitarianism, has run into trouble in his bid to become the next Cambridge Union president.

The second-year law student will have 40 per cent of any votes at tomorrow’s election docked for speaking to the Cambridge student newspaper about being banned from the Union for insulting pro-Palestinian campaigner Lauren Booth.

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Dutch issue arrest warrant for Nazi living in Germany

By Jessica Elgot, November 25, 2010

The Netherlands has issued a fresh European arrest warrant for a Dutch-born convicted Nazi war criminal living in Germany.

Klass-Carel Faber, 88, served as an SS officer and is high on the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s list of Nazi criminals. Germany has refused to extradite him and he lives in Bavaria.

The Dutch public prosecutor's office said the warrant was a “preliminary step” and then a formal extradition request will be made to Germany.

This is the first time the Netherlands has issued a European arrest warrant for a war criminal.

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Conservative supporters Fink and Feldman head to Lords

By Marcus Dysch and Jennifer Lipman, November 25, 2010

The chair of Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel (LDFI) and the former chief executive of the Chief Rabbi's Office are amongst a dozen Jewish politicians, businessmen and charity workers to be enobled.

The additions to the House of Lords were among 54 political peers chosen by the main parties.

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Long-standing party supporters Stanley Fink and Andrew Feldman head the Conservative appointees.

Mr Fink, a joint party treasurer, is a hedge fund manager who was formerly chief executive of the MAN Group and has donated £1.9 million to the Tories since 2003.

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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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