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Boat owner wins place in Queen's Jubilee flotilla

By Jennifer Lipman, February 14, 2012

A Jewish boat owner from Harrow is celebrating after his vessel was chosen to be part of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant.

"Knot Arf", owned by Andrew Bernstein, will be one of 1,000 boats on the river on June 3 for a large-scale nautical celebration. More than 3,000 boat owners applied for a spot in the flotilla.

The boat will be crewed by Mr Bernstein's friends and family

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Referee told Jewish footballers should 'remember concentration camps'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 14, 2012

A well-known Manchester Football Association official told a referee to remind Jewish players of "the concentration camps" if they gave him any trouble.

Phil Morris, the referee appointments secretary at the Manchester FA, was found guilty by an FA panel of making the comment before a match involving Jewish teams from the Manchester Jewish Soccer League.

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Barrister who stole from chambers jailed

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2012

A Manchester barrister who stole more than £70,000 from his own chambers has been given a three year jail sentence.

David Friesner, who was the deputy head of 9 St John Street Chambers, was an expert in fraud and money-laundering but found himself in debt as the credit crunch hit.

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Labour councillor on Holocaust education trip that Aidan Burley joined

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2012

The teacher whose pupils complained that Conservative MP Aidan Burley was "disrespectful" during a talk by a Holocaust survivor is also a Labour councilor.

Dr Suzannah Reeves has been named as the staff member who identified Mr Burley as the MP who joined the pupils at a talk by an Auschwitz survivor in Poland.

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Labour councillor on Holocaust education trip that Aidan Burley joined

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2012

The teacher whose pupils complained that Conservative MP Aidan Burley was "disrespectful" during a talk by a Holocaust survivor is also a Labour councilor.

Dr Suzannah Reeves has been named as the staff member who identified Mr Burley as the MP who joined the pupils at a talk by an Auschwitz survivor in Poland.

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'Nazi' stag Tory 'disrespectful' during Holocaust survivor talk

By Jennifer Lipman, February 9, 2012

Aidan Burley, who was sacked from his junior government role last year after attending a Nazi-themed stag party, has become embroiled in a row over his "conduct" while listening to a Holocaust survivor.

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BBC defends rap song censorship

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2012

The BBC Trust has defended the censoring of a rap song which contained the words "Free Palestine".

The Trust's ruling - which was made on the basis of upholding impartiality - prompted pro-Palestinian activists to claim that the Corporation had an "institutionalised bias against the Palestinians".

When rapper Mic Righteous performed on a BBC Radio 1Xtra show, he sang: "I still have the same

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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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