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Calls for Sir Victor to be made as Blank as Fred

By Jennifer Lipman, February 9, 2012

Campaigners have called for former Lloyds chairman Sir Victor Blank to be treated in the same way as Fred Goodwin and be stripped of his knighthood.

Sir Victor was knighted in 1999 "for services to the financial industry" before he joined Lloyds, but critics argue that his role in its disastrous takeover of HBOS four years ago means he should have the honour annulled.

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Coming out - the coming-out videos

By Jessica Elgot, February 9, 2012

Gay and lesbian Jewish activists are stepping up their campaign to have Keshet UK, the Jewish lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender forum, advise Jewish schools on teaching about homosexuality, after the controversy over a reference to Jewish gay cure group JONAH in a JFS lesson on the topic.

This week, Channel 4 presenter and ex-JFS pupil, Benjamin Cohen, released a video, promoted by the bro

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US and Israel look for UK donations

By Simon Rocker, February 9, 2012

The head of the controversial Israel lobby group J Street will attempt to raise funds for the organisation during a visit to London later this month, the JC has learned.

Jeremy Ben-Ami, its founding president, who will be speaking about his new book at Jewish Book Week, will also hold a number of meetings to enlist support for a fighting fund for candidates in the American elections this year.

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After eight years, stalker's victim is awarded £3,500 compensation

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2012

The victim of a serial stalker has been awarded compensation after a High Court judge ruled that the Crown Prosecution Service had failed to protect her.

Claire Waxman will receive £3,500 in damages after the CPS dropped a charge against Elliot Fogel, who has been repeatedly jailed for harassing her and her family.

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Who's who in the $90b mega-merger

By Simon Round, February 9, 2012

This week mining company Xstrata and commodity traders Glencore announced what has been described as a mega-merger, worth in the region of $90 billion.

The two companies may have a new relationship but the respective bosses go back a long way.

Mick Davis, the chief executive of Xstrata and his counterpart, Ivan Glasenberg, both South African Jews, originally met at the University of Witwater

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Shakespeare 'hid his Jewish roots' - or he would have been Bard

By Jennifer Lipman, February 9, 2012

What's in a name? William Shapiro might be able to tell you – but you probably know him better as Shakespeare.

According to a new book by French academic Ghislain Muller, Shakespeare's grandfather was a Jewish immigrant from Bohemia. He claims Richard Shapiro settled in England sometime after 1515, but hid his religion, assuming the name Shakespeare.

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Laura marks her Board card for May polls

By Simon Rocker, February 9, 2012

Laura Marks, head of a commission to encourage more women to lead the Jewish community, will stand for election as vice-president of the Board of Deputies in May.

But controversy was brewing this week over a rule change proposed by a rival candidate, which would effectively scupper her bid.

Ms Marks, founder of Mitzvah Day and head of the commission on women set up by the Jewish Leadership C

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Missionary runs Holocaust Memorial Day events

By Jessica Elgot, February 9, 2012

A "messianic Jewish" leader, actively seeking to convert Jews to Christianity, hosted a Yorkshire town's Holocaust Memorial Day activities last week, a move condemned as a "perversion" by anti-missionary activist Rabbi Shmuel Arkush.

Selby-based Adrian Glasspole, founder of the UK branch of Chosen People Ministries, who said he was halachically Jewish, described himself as "responsible" for the

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No 'cure'- you can't 'pray away the gay'

By Jessica Elgot, February 9, 2012

A Jewish newspaper columnist has robustly defended a controversial piece that she wrote suggesting that homosexuality could be cured.

Doreen Wachmann, who writes for the Jewish Telegraph in Manchester, said last week that she was daring to "put my head above the parapet and write about the forbidden topic" and expressed her "reservations over the contemporary Orthodoxy which dictates that homos

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Protests force end to Nazi surgical tools sale

By Jessica Elgot, February 9, 2012

"Ghoulish" surgical tools belonging to a Nazi war criminal have been withdrawn from auction in Cornwall this weekend, after a furious series of protests to the auctioneers.

The hacksaw and scalpels, engraved with the name Anton Burger - SS commandant of the Theresienstadt ghetto - are set in a velvet-lined wooden box.

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