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More calls to open the Auschwitz files

By Jessica Elgot, January 26, 2012

Conservative MP Robert Halfon has called on Defence Secretary Philip Hammond to release the files on the P o W camp in Auschwitz.

Mr Halfon has written to Mr Hammond requesting he release the service record of Israeli President Shimon Peres’s father Yitzhak Persky and other British servicemen held in the camp.

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Oxford Brookes offers new Israeli scholarship

By Simon Rocker, January 26, 2012

Oxford Brookes University is to offer a postgraduate scholarship to a student from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, thanks to an initiative of the local chaplaincy board.

The successful applicant will receive travel expenses and full funding to pursue a master's course at Brookes from this September.

Sandra Dwek, a member of the Oxford Jewish Chaplaincy Board and a former member of th

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British academic finds Treblinka's secrets

By Simon Rocker, January 26, 2012

When the Nazis left Treblinka in August 1943, they demolished the death camp, hoping to erase any trace of the 800,000 victims who perished there.

Only the stone memorial reminds the visitor of its terrible history.

"If you go in summer, it looks serene - butterflies flying around woodlands," said Dr Caroline Sturdy Colls.

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'Nazi' song was not Mungo Jerry built

By James Brewster, January 26, 2012

The frontman for the 1970s rock group Mungo Jerry has denied any links to a venomous "campaign of harassment" against his former manager whose company he is suing for alleged unpaid royalties.

Ray Dorset, lead singer for the band whose classic hit was In the Summertime, is in bitter conflict with his one-time friend and manager, Eliot Cohen, over claims of "under-accounting".

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Iran's UK mouthpiece, Press TV, pushed off the air

By Marcus Dysch, January 26, 2012

The Israel lobbying group, Bicom, the British and US governments, and the Royal Family have been blamed by Press TV for the channel's demise.

Broadcasting standards watchdog Ofcom revoked Press TV's licence with immediate effect last Friday after ruling that Iranian authorities were responsible for editorial decisions on the channel's shows in Britain.

Ofcom warned last October that it was p

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Seconds out: rabbis scrap over Jesus Christ

By Simon Rocker, January 26, 2012

They are two of the world's most outspoken rabbis but this week Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet were at each other's throats in a blazing online row over Jesus, heresy and the race to become Britain's next chief rabbi.

It began after Rabbi Shochet's father, Rabbi Dr Immanuel Schochet, a respected Lubavitch scholar based in Canada, denounced Rabbi Boteach's new book Kosher Jesu

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Agrexco staff aggrieved over redundancies

By Simon Rocker, January 26, 2012

Former employees of the London office of the collapsed Israeli agricultural exports company, Agrexco, have complained that they have received no redundancy pay since losing their jobs last October.

Ofer Yarkony, 51, the former sales manager for flowers, who joined Agrexco in London in 1988, said: "They have thrown us to the dogs."

The Insolvency Service said that one ex-employee had already

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'Zionists always lose' chant as SOAS cheekbiter is acquitted of assault

January 26, 2012

A PhD student who bit a pro-Israel campaigner on the cheek at SOAS Israel Apartheid Week has been acquitted of assault.

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Occupy protester in Edinburgh arrested over menorah's destruction

By Marcus Dysch, January 26, 2012

A 25-year-old man connected to the Occupy Edinburgh movement has been charged with destroying Scotland's biggest chanuciah in an alleged antisemitic attack.

He appeared in court last week facing one charge of vandalism aggravated by hate, but was released by the Procurator Fiscal pending further police inquiries.

But members of Edinburgh's Jewish community have spoken in his defence, claimin

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Release the Auschwitz files

By Martin Bright, January 26, 2012

 

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