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Livingstone's Islamist guru was an undercover cop

By Martin Bright, October 27, 2011

Ken Livingstone's guru on radical Islamic politics has been exposed as an undercover police officer who infiltrated the animal rights movement in the 1980s.

Until August, Dr Robert Lambert was the co-director of the European Muslim Research Centre (EMRC) at Exeter University.

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Ken Livingstone: Board of Deputies gave me 'grief'

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2011

Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has reflected on his fraught relationship with British Jewry in his newly-published memoirs.

In You Can't Say That, Mr Livingstone details long-running disputes with the Board of Deputies, explains his views on Israel, and recalls the infamous evening when he told a Jewish journalist he was "just like a concentration camp guard".

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Theresa May blocks Islam group jobs event

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2011

A Civil Service recruitment event was cancelled after Home Secretary Theresa May discovered it had been planned jointly with a student organisation she previously described as "complacent" in tackling extremism.

The Civil Service Fast Stream careers and skills session was due to take place on Tuesday organised with the Federation of Student Islamic Societies' (Fosis) careers section.

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Young cartoonist Zoom enjoys super success

By Jessica Elgot, October 27, 2011

Jewish cartoonists may have created Spiderman, the Hulk, and Superman, but the latest cartoonist making a splash is JCoSS pupil Zoom Rockman, 11, creator of hand-drawn comic The Zoom.

It has won international acclaim, and the fifth edition will have a special launch at the London International Comics Festival next week.

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'Hate speaker' at UCL, but campus extremism is a myth

By Jennifer Lipman, October 27, 2011

An Islamic preacher who views Hamas terrorists as "freedom fighters" has been invited to address University College London students, less than a fortnight after its provost Professor Malcolm Grant claimed there was no problem with extremism on campus.

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Calendar Girls - shot in a Manchester bakery

By Jessica Elgot, October 27, 2011

Twelve Manchester Jewish women will celebrate their 50th birthdays on a city-centre billboard, wearing nothing but a smile.

Inspired by the famous "Calendar Girls", the women have created a special calendar in aid of a breast cancer charity, posing naked with strategically placed props to keep their modesty intact.

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Case closed: now I’m wearing my luggage

October 27, 2011

Next week El Al is cutting back on its luggage allowances, restricting economy passengers to 23kg and just one bag. So what is the answer to every Jewish traveller's eternal problem - how to arrive at your destination (particularly if you are flying to Israel) with as much as possible in your luggage, while simultaneously avoiding huge extra baggage charges?

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Rabbi backs down over Big Tent

By Simon Rocker and Jonathan Kalmus, October 27, 2011

The Orthodox organiser of an Israel solidarity conference in Manchester has backed down after being warned that his refusal to invite Progressive rabbis as speakers risked provoking a new religious rift in the community.

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Fox donor alarm at Werritty cash trail

By Martin Bright, October 27, 2011

At least one of the three Jewish donors to the friend of former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, Adam Werritty, is understood to have voiced serious concerns about where his money went.

The JC has learned that the donor would be prepared to hand over details of any transactions to fraud investigators at City of London Police.

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David Willetts leads Britain-Israel digital collaboration

By Jenni Frazer, October 27, 2011

Britain's Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts, lands in Israel this weekend leading a high-level delegation of more than a dozen business leaders from the UK's digital sector.

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