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Same-sex couple among first to wed

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2014

A Jewish woman from Brighton and her non-Jewish partner will be among the first same-sex couples in the country to get married when the new law comes into force on Saturday.

Nicola Pettit will marry Tania Ward on Saturday morning at a ceremony in Brighton Town Hall, followed by a traditional Jewish blessing in the evening, led by Rabbi Janet Darley of South London Liberal Synagogue.

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Irving's Hitler hair sample shown to be fake

By Sandy Rashty, March 27, 2014

The sample of Hitler’s hair which Channel 4 paid Holocaust denier David Irving more than £3,000 for, has been revealed as a fake.

The Channel bought the sample for its documentary series Dead Famous DNA, but said tests had shown it was not authentic.

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Jewish care home named in Jimmy Savile child abuse investigation

By Marcus Dysch, March 27, 2014

Paedophile Jimmy Savile is believed to have abused children at a Jewish care home, it has been revealed.

The Sarah Laski Home, in Crumpsall, Manchester, opened under the auspices of the city's Jewish Board of Guardians in 1953.

It was today named by the government alongside 20 other homes now being investigated for links to Savile.

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A lot of love for Pixie — but survivor steals show

By Sandy Rashty, March 27, 2014

Pixie Lott was the star attraction but the ovation of the night at the Jewish Care young patrons dinner went to Holocaust survivor Renee Salt.

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Kings College London's student union votes for Israel boycott

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2014

Students at Kings College London passed a controversial anti-Israel motion this week, despite strong opposition from Jews on campus.

The motion, which was passed by the student union, called for the university to boycott Israel and “raise awareness of the country’s apartheid policies”.

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Israeli architects ask David Cameron to block Riba boycott

By Marcus Dysch, March 27, 2014

Israeli architects have appealed to David Cameron to intervene in the row over British efforts to have them thrown out of their international union.

The Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) has also approached Israel’s Foreign Ministry for assistance.

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Teacher saves teen from death jump

By Sandy Rashty, March 27, 2014

A teacher saved a teenage boy from potential suicide when he saw him on the parapet of a bridge over a busy road.

Adam Landsman, 27, was driving to work on Wednesday — a day when thousands of other teachers were on strike — and spotted the boy who had climbed the railings and was staring down at the rush-hour A1 traffic in Hatfield.

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Israeli diplomats are right to strike, says Ambassador Taub

By Marcus Dysch, March 27, 2014

Israel’s diplomats are right to go on strike, says the man who represents the country in Britain.

Ambassador Daniel Taub’s support for the action that has seen the closure of Israeli embassies across the world puts him in direct opposition to prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Herzog stresses UK community ’s vital role in defending Israel

By Marcus Dysch and Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2014

The leader of Israel’s Labour movement has called on British supporters of Israel to take a two-pronged approach to their advocacy efforts.

Isaac Herzog, chairman of the Labour Party and leader of the opposition in the Knesset, said tackling the “lunatic” boycott movement was vital.

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They stole my story, then I was the story

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2014

The last thing journalist Ben Judah expected when he logged on to Twitter at home in London one evening was to find dozens of death threats from angry Egyptians.

The Jewish writer did not know he had unwittingly become a minor celebrity in the Arab state, thanks to a trail of events leading back to a satirist plagiarising his work.

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