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No entry to UK for extremist rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, August 12, 2011

An extremist rabbi has been denied entry to Britain because of a book in which he allegedly justifies terrorist violence.

Rabbi Yosef Elitzur, from Israel, has been told he cannot enter the UK for three years because of his controversial 2009 book Law of the King. The rabbi said he had no plans to visit Britain when he received the letter.

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Yes, they'll be back - at Chanucah

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 11, 2011

ITV is planning a sequel and possibly a series of its Strictly Kosher film on Manchester's Jewish community after last month's programme drew in millions of viewers.

The eccentric Orthodox mother Bernette Clarke and flamboyant boutique owner Joel Lever are likely to hit TV screens for a second time in late December if a one-off programme is approved by ITV bosses in London.

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School gets shock: it needs £90,000

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 11, 2011

Strictly Orthodox schools in Greater Manchester are fearing chaos as the second largest Charedi school is threatened with closure following a £90,000 electrics bill.

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Community rallies to help

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

The Chief Rabbi and community leaders have spoken of their shock after the three days of rioting this week but praised community efforts to help rebuild the cities.

Lord Sacks said: "The riots have been a shocking reminder of how thin the surface of civilisation is, and how quickly, especially in the age of smartphones, individual criminality can become mob violence.

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It's our city, not the rioters', say Manchester's clean-up brigade

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 11, 2011

Manchester's great clean-up on the day after the riots was masterminded by a 34-year-old resident of Reddish, south-east Manchester, Jeremy Myers. More than 1,000 people, branded the "broom army", gathered in the city centre at 9am after Mr Myers, grandson of the late Sephardi rabbi, Dr Maurice Gaguine, tweeted the idea after being outraged by live television coverage of the riots.

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Israelis warned of riot security on UK visits

By Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2011

Israel has issued a travel advisory to any citizens planning a trip to the UK.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office frequently issues guidance to travellers planning on going to Israel, but this week the tables turned.

As images of rioting and looting were transmitted on television screens around the world, the Israeli Foreign Ministry stopped short of issuing a serious travel warning.

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One sip and they were gone from BBYO tour

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

Three BBYO boys have been sent home from their Israel tour after a parent allowed them sips of his beer.

Ian Kersen said his son Gil sipped his beer on the "family night" in Jerusalem at the end of the tour, as did his son's friends Daniel Levene and Ben Fink, despite warnings that drinking alcohol would mean an early flight home.

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Israel gap years may win students places

By Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2011

Youth movements this week welcomed the idea of participants on gap year schemes in Israel being able to use their time abroad to help them win a university place.

Under a scheme run by the Asdan awarding body, students on structured gap years can boost their Ucas points by 70 points – equivalent to an A grade at AS Level – by earning a Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (Cope).

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Boycotter Loach attends anti-racism sport event

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

The director of Show Racism the Red Card (SRRC) has defended the inclusion of anti-Israel film director Ken Loach at its recent anniversarycelebrations.

Football agent Jeff Weston said he was shocked to receive an invitation to SRRC' s 15th anniversary event, only to find Mr Loach would be one of the guests of honour.

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Labour MP praises Hamas

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

A Labour MP has expressed confidence in the "re-launched" and "moderate" Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and praised Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh for renouncing violence.

Sandra Osborne, MP for Ayr Carrick and Cumnock, was one of the British MPs who met Mr Haniyah during a recent visit to Gaza.

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