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Baroness Scotland: UK working on arrest law

By Jessica Elgot, January 5, 2010

The Attorney-General, Baroness Scotland, who is currently visiting Israel, has refused to comment on individual arrest warrants issued against Israeli leaders in Britain.

IDF officers have been forced to cancel a trip to Britain after the British government failed to guarantee that arrest warrants would not be issued against them, it emerged today.

This followed an attempt to arrest Tzipi Livni, leader of Israel’s Kadima party, who cancelled a trip to the UK after a warrant was issued.

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Man fined for New Year antisemitic abuse

By Marcus Dysch, January 5, 2010

A 20-year-old Romanian has been fined after he shouted antisemitic abuse at two revellers and spat at police officers in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Two Jewish men alerted police after they were shouted at outside The Refectory pub in Finchley Road, Golders Green, at 3.15 am on January 1.

When officers arrived they found a group of men involved in a scuffle. Two ran away but the third, Daniel Cader, was arrested. While being detained he spat at the police and paramedics.

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IDF cancel UK trip after arrest fears

By Jessica Elgot, January 5, 2010

IDF officers have been forced to cancel a trip to Britain after the British government failed to guarantee that arrest warrants would not be issued against them.

Israel's Defence Ministry halted the IDF visit to the UK, where four IDF chiefs were invited to speak to the British army, the Jerusalem Post reported.

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Heidi Fleiss to enter Celebrity Big Brother

By Jessica Elgot, January 4, 2010

Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss is one of the new contestants to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house, but has the lowest odds of winning.

Ms Fleiss, 44, has odds of 33/1 to win the show, according to Ladbrokes, the lowest of all the 11 contestants

She shot to fame after being arrested in 1995 for supplying prostitutes to high profile celebrity clients and she served 21 months in prison.

She claims to have worked as a prostitute herself for famous clients such as Jack Nicholson and Marlon Brando.

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Museum pays £26,000 for rare Chagall

By Jessica Elgot, January 4, 2010

The London Jewish Museum of Art - the Ben Uri Gallery - has bought a rare Marc Chagall painting for a fraction of its value after spotting it in a Paris auction.

The museum, based in St John’s Wood, London, secretly bought the 1945 work Apocalypse in Lilac, Capriccio, which had been previously unknown to collectors, for £26,600.

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The New Year's Honours - what they say

By Robyn Rosen, December 31, 2009

A theatre director, mental health campaigner and strictly-Orthodox headteacher are among those to receive honours in the New Years Honours List.

National Theatre director, Nicholas Hytner, 53, has received a knighthood for services to drama.

Sir Nicholas was a Manchester Reform congregant in his youth and went on to direct Miss Saigon, His Dark Materials and both the film and theatre version of The History Boys.

He said: “I’m delighted and flattered.”

Sir Ralph Kohn received a knighthood for his services to science, music and charity.

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Jews on the New Years Honours List

December 31, 2009

The current roll call of New Year's Honours List from the Jewish community.

Knights

Nicholas Hytner
Director of the National Theatre

Erich Reich
Fundraiser, chairman of the Association of Jewish Refugees' Kindertransport Committee and the Kindertransport Group

Dr Ralph Kohn
Retired pharmacologist, musician, and head of the Ralph Kohn Foundation

Jonathan Cunliffe
Second Permanent Secretary and Head of International Economic Affairs, Europe and G8 Sherpa, Prime Minister's Office

CBE

David Goldstone

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Four knights top Honours List

By Robyn Rosen and Dina Rickman, December 31, 2009

Community leaders have dominated the New Year Honours List with four knighthoods and almost 20 CBEs, OBEs and MBEs.

National Theatre director, Nicholas Hytner and pharmacologist and philanthropist Dr Ralph Kohn have been awarded knighthoods in this year’s honours.

The honour also went to Erich Reich, chairman of the Kindertransport Group and Association of Jewish Refugees' Kindertransport Committee and to Second Permanent Secretary and the head of International Economic Affairs for the Prime Minister's Office, Jonathan Cunliffe.

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Former Lord Mayor's knighthood 'dropped'

By Robyn Rosen, December 30, 2009

Ian Luder, the former Lord Mayor, has reportedly had his impending knighthood dropped after defending bankers’ bonuses.

Mr Luder, the 681st Lord Mayor was allegedly due to receive a knighthood in tomorrow’s New Year Honours List but will be the first Alderman to be denied it in more than 50 years.

In June Sir Gus O'Donnell, Cabinet Secretary, head of the Home Civil Service and chairman of the main Honours Committee said that Lord Mayors could no longer expect to automatically receive a knighthood.

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Limmud: The JFS debate

By Leon Symons, December 30, 2009

The first public debate on the Supreme Court ruling that JFS broke the Race Relations Act has been held at the Limmud Conference and showed that the gulf dividing Anglo-Jewry over the issue might have closed a fraction.

Rabbi Danny Rich, chief executive of Liberal Judaism, declared that his organisation would be implacably opposed to any attempt by the Board of Deputies to try to engineer changes to the governments proposed Equality Bill that would return JFSs admissions policy to what it was before the court saga.

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