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Steinbergs go to court

By Marcus Dysch, July 15, 2011

The children of late bookmaking tycoon Lord Steinberg are taking legal action against the remains of his gambling empire following an alleged multi-million pound dispute.
Lord Steinberg's son Jonathan and daughter Lynne argue that their father had not pledged a £20 million guarantee to the Stanleybet company to fund a joint venture.

It is thought the money is needed by Stanleybet to support a

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Sefton Samuels captures the North in print

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 15, 2011

Iconic photographs of northern Jews are included in a new 200-page book by one of northern England's most successful photographers.
Sefton Samuels was invited exclusively to a rare photo session on Coronation Street's 1960's set, at other times it was a casual stroll past George Best's clothes shop which afforded the opportunity to take pictures which were to make their way to the National Portra

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Hate crime stats down, say police

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 15, 2011

Antisemitic attacks in Manchester are bucking the trend and rising, while hate crime of other kinds is decreasing, according to the latest figures.
Annual crime statistics released by the Home Office yesterday reveal that overall hate crime incidents fell in Greater Manchester by a dramatic 15.5 per cent between 2010 and 2011.

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Grant Shapps to shut door on squatters

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

Homeowners may breathe a sigh of relief after the government announced it would make good on a pledge by Housing Minister Grant Shapps to demolish the rights of squatters.

Under the new plan, published by Justice Minister Crispin Blunt, moving into empty properties would be a crime and persistent offenders could be sent to jail.

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Christian group stands up for Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

Hundreds of Christian supporters of Israel gathered in London this week to stand up against boycotts and attacks on Israel.

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Death threats force Jersey leader to go

By Jessica Elgot, July 14, 2011

Jersey's deputy chief minister Freddie Cohen has spoken of his family's anguish over antisemitic abuse and death threats - which has led him to step down at the next election.

Senator Cohen, who is also planning minister and responsible for foreign relations, was president of the Jewish community in Jersey, two years before moving into politics.

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You may be about to get cash boost

By Nathan Jeffay, July 14, 2011

Hundreds of British Jews may stand to receive surprise inheritances that they never knew existed.

Back in the early 20th century, Jews from across the world invested in Palestine. They put money into Zionist enterprises to develop the infrastructure for a future state, purchase land or deposit money in early Zionist banks.

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Ex-BNP man joins new party

By Jessica Elgot, July 14, 2011

The BNP's former legal director, Lee Barnes, has joined a new far-right political party, the British Freedom Party.

Mr Barnes, known for his vocal anti-Zionism, is the BFP's legal and policy officer. It now has more than 1,000 members on Facebook, stating plans to "end all immigration and economic migration and reverse the colonisation of Britain under multi-culturalism."

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The waiting is over for tragic family

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

The long-lost relatives of a man stabbed to death 92 years ago have been reunited after a chance sighting of an advert on the JC's weekly email newsletter.

The surprising reunion has its origin in the 1919 murder of garment factory foreman Solomon Franks, by a Russian Jewish worker who had been traumatised in the battlefields of the First World War.

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Flytilla: now Greens leader Lucas asks Hague why activists were banned

By Marcus Dysch, July 14, 2011

A dozen British pro-Palestinian activists were detained in Israel and then deported after taking part in last week's abortive "flytilla" campaign.

The group had flown to Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion airport and included a number of Jewish protesters, the deputy leader of the Wales Green Party, a Methodist preacher, an 83-year-old Quaker, and the leader of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign gro

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