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Coroner who ruled on Winehouse death resigns

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2012

Amy Winehouse's parents are exploring their next steps after the coroner in charge of the inquest into the singer's death resigned.

Suzanne Greenaway gave a verdict that the Jewish singer had died from "misadventure" and accidental alcohol poisoning last year. But it has now emerged that she left her job a month after the ruling because she did not have the appropriate qualifications.

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London Stock Exchange and rabbi plotters plead guilty

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2012

Four men have pleaded guilty to a plot to attack the London Stock Exchange and target two rabbis at their homes.

The men appeared at Woolwich Crown Court with five other British Muslims and pleaded guilty to the plan to plant an improvised explosive device in the Exchange’s toilets.

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London Stock Exchange and rabbi plotters plead guilty

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2012

Four men have pleaded guilty to a plot to attack the London Stock Exchange and target two rabbis at their homes.

The men appeared at Woolwich Crown Court with five other British Muslims and pleaded guilty to the plan to plant an improvised explosive device in the Exchange's toilets.

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Brunel union investigation after anti-Israel protest

By Jennifer Lipman, January 31, 2012

Brunel University's students union is looking into a protest that saw demonstrators stage a fake checkpoint scene to oppose a talk by an Israeli diplomat.

Ran Gidor, an official at Israel's London embassy, spoke at the Uxbridge university earlier this month in an event organised by the social sciences department.

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Auschwitz survivor Roman Halter dies at 85

By Jennifer Lipman, January 31, 2012

Holocaust survivor Roman Halter has died at the age of 85.

Mr Halter, who moved to Britain after the war and worked as an architect and artist, lost all his family in the Holocaust.

Born in Chodecz in Poland, he was sent to the Lodz ghetto, where he worked in a metal factory, as a young teenager.

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Guardian admits mistakes with Gove and CST piece

By Jennifer Lipman, January 30, 2012

The Guardian has admitted that the publication of a "misleading" article questioning funding for a Jewish security organisation on Holocaust Memorial Day was ill-timed.

The story about Education Secretary Michael Gove's connection to the Community Security Trust was posted online on Friday but was ready for publication before then.

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Guardian's 'misleading' look at Gove's support of Jewish security organisation

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2012

The Community Security Trust and Department for Education have defended Education Secretary Michael Gove following criticism of his role in awarding government funding to the Jewish organisation while also acting on its advisory board.

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Serial stalker Fogel jailed for two years

By Jennifer Lipman, January 27, 2012

A serial stalker has been jailed after being convicted of breaching his restraining order to approach his victim.

Elliot Fogel, 36, was found guilty last July of his third breach of a life-long order barring him from being within one mile of Claire Waxman.

The former television producer was previously jailed for four months in 2010 after breaching the order.

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Anti-Israel activist convicted of attack on Jewish man

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2012

A veteran anti-Israel campaigner has been convicted of slapping a Jewish man during a protest last summer.

Carole Swords, chairman of the Tower Hamlets Respect Party and Viva Palestina supporter, attacked Harvey Garfield as he attempted to defend Israeli products from potential vandalism by protesters.

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More calls to open the Auschwitz files

By Jessica Elgot, January 26, 2012

Conservative MP Robert Halfon has called on Defence Secretary Philip Hammond to release the files on the P o W camp in Auschwitz.

Mr Halfon has written to Mr Hammond requesting he release the service record of Israeli President Shimon Peres’s father Yitzhak Persky and other British servicemen held in the camp.

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