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Manchester's Ivan Lewis calls on opponent to stop Kaminski

By Marcus Dysch, October 15, 2009

The row over Michal Kaminski’s alliance with the Conservatives has spread to Manchester, where Labour’s Bury South MP Ivan Lewis has called on his Tory election opponent to condemn the partnership.

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Miliband sees red over Tory Euro-alliance

By Martin Bright, Political Editor, October 15, 2009

When David Miliband read the JC last Friday, he blew a gasket.

The cause of his fury was the interview with Michal Kaminski, Polish MEP and leader of the Tories’ new allies in the European Parliament, the European Conservatives and Reformists.

He had read Mr Kaminski’s frank remarks about his refusal to apologise for the notorious massacre of Jews at Jedwabne in July 1941 and his view that he did not judge this atrocity as being on the same scale as other crimes of the Holocaust.

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Kaminski: Jewish leaders feud

By Simon Rocker, October 15, 2009

Anglo-Jewry’s leaders this week mounted a damage limitation exercise in an attempt to quell internal rows over the Board of Deputies’ political competence.

Several members of the Jewish Leadership Council were enraged to discover that the Board’s president, Vivian Wineman, had written to Conservative leader David Cameron in the middle of last week’s Tory conference raising queries over the party’s European allies.

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Winehouse wows Strictly

By Jessica Elgot, October 15, 2009

A pop star battling addiction issues made a comeback on a prime-time family entertainment show last weekend and immediately sparked concern that the rehab had not gone so well.

The shock was that the pop star in question was not Amy Winehouse. For while a sweating, bug-eyed Robbie Williams was scaring viewers of X-Factor, Winehouse looked comfortable and composed on Strictly Come Dancing.

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Barak to Miliband: Don't accept Goldstone

By Jessica Elgot, October 14, 2009

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has urged David Miliband not to accept the UN’s Goldstone report into Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, which found Israel guilty of war crimes.

Mr Barak has embarked upon a telephone campaign to key European foreign ministers to persuade them to criticise the report ahead of the meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, who will discuss the report on Thursday.

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Geoffrey Vos is appointed as a High Court judge

October 14, 2009

Geoffrey Vos, the former chairman of the Bar Council, has been appointed as a High Court judge.

Mr Vos, 54, who also chairs the Social Mobility Foundation, said: “I am very much looking forward to taking up my appointment to the Chancery Bench.”

The head of chambers at 3 Stone Buildings for 11 years until spring this year, he was also appointed an Appeal Court judge for the Cayman Islands at the end of last year.

He is a member of both the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John’s Wood and also the Herefordshire Jewish community.

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Orthodox man jailed for sex offences

By Leon Symons, October 13, 2009

An Orthodox academic has been jailed for four months after police found dozens of images of children in his computer.

Eight years ago Dr Benjamin Yudkin, 41, of Wolvercote, Oxford, escaped a custodial sentence after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old child in Reading.

Last week Yudkin appeared for sentence at Oxford Crown Court having previously admitted three counts of possession of indecent images.

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Former Board of Deputies president dies

By Leon Symons, October 12, 2009

One of Anglo-Jewry's best known communal figures, Judge Israel Finestein, died today. He was 88.

Hull-born Judge Finestein, who retired from the bench as a deputy high court judge and a former crown court judge, was president of the Board of Deputies from 1991-1994 and served on a diverse range of communal bodies, including the Jewish Historical Society.

He had also been a vice president of the World Jewish Congress, and had been active outside the community, chairing the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

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Independent columnist slammed by LFI

By Jessica Elgot, October 12, 2009

The director of the Labour Friends of Israel has hit back at an Independent newspaper columnist, who claimed that the group was “overinfluential” and “lavish”.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, a columnist for the Independent, wrote an analysis of the three political party conferences she attended, and noted: “All three parties were lavishly entertained by the over-influential Friends of Israel”

But she was swiftly rebutted by Luciana Berger, director of the Labour Friends of Israel, who insisted that Ms Alibhai- Brown had not attended the LFI event.

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Kaminski admits wearing 'fascist' symbol

By Martin Bright and Jessica Elgot, October 10, 2009

Michal Kaminski, the Polish MEP at the centre of the controversy over David Cameron’s European alliances has admitted he wore the symbol of a totalitarian group, claims he had previously denied.

In an interview with the JC, Mr Kaminski was asked if he had ever said he was proud to wear the Chrobry Sword, the symbol of the National Radical Camp (ONR).

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