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Soup kitchen charity in fraud scandal

By Jessica Elgot, December 16, 2011

A British charity is on the verge of collapse this week, after further investigations into alleged misconduct by the Israeli poverty charity, Hazon Yeshaya, came to light.

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American literary heavyweights produce radical new haggadah

By Gerald Jacobs, December 16, 2011

A great many Seder tables next Pesach could feature an imaginative presentation of the Passover story in the form of the New American Haggadah, which will be published in the UK in February.

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Christopher Hitchens dies at age 62

By Jennifer Lipman, December 16, 2011

Christopher Hitchens has died at the age of 62 after a long battle with cancer.

The writer and commentator, who was a sworn atheist, was told that he was of Jewish descent when he was 38. His maternal grandmother had been Jewish and came from Kempen, now Kempno, in Upper Silesia, a discovery that Mr Hitchens described as thrilling.

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Zionist Federation red-faced after Olympics gaffe

By Jessica Elgot, December 15, 2011

The Zionist Federation has hastily withdrawn Olympic tickets it had offered to sell as a fundraising project, after it learned that such a venture was illegal.

Last week the ZF advertised a deal, offering London 2012 tickets to two events, judo and taekwondo, both events in which Israel has a strong chance of doing well. The ZF offered a free Israeli flag with tickets sold.

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Palestinian Mission in Britain removes Atzmon articles

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

The Palestinian Mission in Britain has bowed to pressure from the Board of Deputies and removed articles by Israeli-born antisemite Gilad Atzmon from its website.

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Home Office responds on EDL threat

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

The Home Office has written to an umbrella group representing a range of Jewish communal and religious groups in response to statements distancing themselves from the methods and aims of the English Defence League.

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UK gets chance to trace persecution

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

One of the world's largest Holocaust archives, recording the fate of 17 million people, could be made available in Britain for the first time - if the money is found to fund it.

The International Tracing Service (ITS) archive contains more than 50 million pieces of information, using records from concentration camps, ghettos and displaced persons' camps.

It was initially created by the Briti

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Senior UK medic helps to 'transform' Galilee

By Jessica Elgot, December 15, 2011

A Leeds professor says that a new, £256m medical school in Israel's poorest region will "transform" the Galilee.

Professor Mary Rudolf, consultant paediatrician at Leeds General Infirmary, who is also professor of child health at the University of Leeds, will take up the position of Professor of Public Health at the new Bar Ilan Medical School in Sfat, opened last month by Prime Minister Benja

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Salmonella inquest blames packaging

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 15, 2011

The death of a Jewish grandmother who contracted salmonella from beansprouts should force national changes to food labelling to prevent further deaths, a coroner has ruled.

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The lawyers who stopped Gaza flotilla

By Jessica Elgot, December 15, 2011

An Israeli lawyer who specialises in huge civil suits against terror groups such as Hamas and Hizbollah has claimed British lawyers are "timid" when it comes to "lawfare".

Jerusalem-based Nitsana Darshan-Leitner's law firm, Shurat HaDin, was instrumental in stopping the second Gaza flotilla by threatening the boat insurers that they could be charged with "aiding terrorism".

Her firm has sued

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