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Natural History Museum criticised for working with Israeli firm

By Jennifer Lipman, January 17, 2012

Filmmakers Ken Loach and Mike Leigh have condemned the Natural History Museum for collaborating with an Israeli firm on a research project.

They were joined by Liberal Democrat peer Jenny Tonge and a number of other critics of Israel in writing a letter to the Independent newspaper.

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Nick Clegg: Israel's settlements are 'deliberate vandalism'

By Martin Bright, January 16, 2012

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today described Israeli settlement building as "deliberate vandalism" in a further signal that the UK government's line is hardening.

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Board reject Guardian boycott

By Marcus Dysch, January 16, 2012

A proposal to boycott the Guardian newspaper has been rejected by the Board of Deputies.

After debating the newspaper's reporting of Jewish and Israel issues, deputies at Sunday's plenary meeting chose to not hold a vote on the motion which had urged "all who oppose antisemitism to refrain from buying the Guardian or advertising in it".

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LSE students played Nazi-themed game on ski trip

By Marcus Dysch, January 15, 2012

A Jewish student suffered a broken nose in an antisemitic attack during a student union ski trip.

The London School of Economics student, who has not been named, was injured in a fight after he confronted fellow students who were playing Nazi-themed games featuring cards laid out in a swastika formation.

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Barrister who stole from chambers faces jail

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 13, 2012

A leading Manchester barrister faces a lengthy prison sentence after pleading guilty to stealing £81,500 from his own chambers.

David Friesner, 46, of Bury New Road, Prestwich, admitted the charges at Leeds Crown Court yesterday.

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Board of Deputies vote on Guardian boycott

By Marcus Dysch, January 13, 2012

The Board of Deputies will vote on whether to boycott the Guardian newspaper this Sunday. Deputies will debate a motion encouraging the Board to "regret the appearance of antisemitic material in the Guardian and its online Comment is Free section".

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Fashion world bates breath as Brett struts his stuff

By Jessica Elgot, January 12, 2012

Brett Levene, like any Jewish 15-year-old, is looking forward to going to Israel with FZY this summer on tour.

But Brett has to fit in modelling on catwalks in Paris and Milan.

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Stephen Lawrence conviction to boost hate prosecutions

January 12, 2012

The legal means used to prosecute Stephen Lawrence's killers will increase convictions against antisemitic attackers, according to a chief prosecutor.

Nazir Afzal, head of the North West's Crown Prosecution Service, said those involved in group attacks on Jews now faced prosecution as part of a "joint enterprise" - "even if it was difficult for prosecutors to prove who actually committed the at

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Terrorist Hindawi is refused parole

By Marcus Dysch, January 12, 2012

A terrorist jailed for 45 years for plotting to bomb an Israeli plane has lost his legal battle to be released early.

In 1986, Nezar Hindawi planned to blow up an El Al plane carrying 370 people by planting a bomb in the luggage of his pregnant fiancée.

The Parole Board had previously suggested he should be released early and deported to Jordan.

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Rabbi quits in Sephardi split

By Simon Rocker, January 12, 2012

The rabbi picked by the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation to be its next spiritual head has pulled out of the job amid an increasingly bitter split over the choice.

London-born Rabbi David Bassous was recommended by the executive and elders of Britain's oldest Orthodox community to succeed Rabbi Abraham Levy - but a group of 20 senior members contested the validity of his election last

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