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Fine for race abuse

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

A man who threatened a Jew and told him to "leave the country" was caught out after he inadvertently led police to his doorstep.

James Casserley, 62, was found guilty of racially/religiously aggravated harassment after he showed a man waiting for a bus in Finchley a card bearing the word "IRA". He shouted: "You Jews are dead meat.

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Eric Pickles pledges to ensure Shoah legacy

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has visited Auschwitz to check on the progress of restoration work, partly funded by the British government.

He took part in a two-day trip and met the directors of the former concentration camp's museum and foundation to discuss how worldwide contributions were being used.

In May, the government announced it would contribute £2.1 million to the Auschwitz-

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Lord Sacks highlights persecution of Christians in Middle East

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

The Chief Rabbi has called on Britain's Jewish community to support Christians in the Middle East who are living "in fear" of persecution.

Speaking during a Lords debate last Friday on the situation of minorities in the wake of the Arab Spring, Lord Sacks said that the "fate of Christians in the Middle East today is the litmus test of the Arab Spring".

Lord Sacks, who apologised for having t

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A donkey, too, is for life

December 15, 2011

An international animal rights charity has made donkeys the focus of its Christmas appeal, and has picked a sanctuary in Israel.

Former "pet detective" Zvika Tamuz, who has run a donkey sanctuary in Kfar Shmuel since 2007, has been championed by the World Society for the Protection of Animals.

"In biblical times, the donkey was honourable," he said.

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Could Israel's Metzger succeed Sacks?

By Anshel Pfeffer and Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

Israel's Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger has declared his interest in becoming Britain's new chief rabbi when Lord Sacks steps down in 2013.

Rabbi Metzger's aides and his spokesman Avi Blumenfeld said he had been approached by a prominent member of the UK's Orthodox community regarding his possible candidacy.

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Aidan Burley's letter to the JC

By Adrian Burley MP, December 15, 2011

I am writing following the press reports over the weekend regarding the stag do I attended a week ago in the French ski resort of Val Thorens.

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Chief tells Pope: we must revive soul of Europe

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and Pope Benedict XVI discussed their mutual fears for Europe's future during an audience at the Vatican.

The meeting came as the Chief Rabbi made a two-day visit to Rome and the Holy See.

The religious leaders discussed the role of faith and morality and their hopes for a regeneration of Europe, both economically and socially.

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Tory MP Burley: Sorry for Nazi stag party

By Martin Bright, December 15, 2011

The Conservative MP at the centre of a row over his presence at a Nazi-themed stag night in a French ski resort has made an "unreserved, wholehearted and fulsome apology" in a letter to the JC.

Aidan Burley, who has a government job as a senior aide to Transport Secretary Justine Greening, was filmed celebrating at a restaurant in Val Thorens by journalists from the Mail on Sunday.

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Chief Rabbi and Pope discuss fears for Europe

By Marcus Dysch, December 13, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and Pope Benedict XVI discussed their mutual fears for Europe's future during an audience at the Vatican.

The meeting came as the Chief Rabbi made a two-day visit to Rome and the Holy See.

The religious leaders discussed the role of faith and morality and their hopes for a regeneration of Europe, both economically and socially.

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Boris Johnson: Chanucah lights 'a beacon of hope'

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2011

The mayor of London has recalled the valour of the Maccabees in a seasonal message to the Jewish community.

Boris Johnson wished British Jews a "happy Chanucah" on the eve of "one of the most momentous years in our city's history".

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