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New Jewish ministers and the Miliband rivalry

By Jessica Elgot, May 14, 2010

The one-time BBYO leader, Grant Shapps, has been appointed Housing Minister in David Cameron’s new government.

Mr Shapps, who represents Welwyn and Hatfield, is a former vice-chairman of the Conservative Party. He will be part of the Department for Communities and Local Government, headed by Eric Pickles.

Oliver Letwin, once Shadow Chancellor when Michael Howard led the party, has been made Minister of State for Policy, and will attend cabinet meetings when required.

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Cruel email scam targets Holocaust 'heirs'

By Robyn Rosen, May 13, 2010

An email fraudster has been targeting the community claiming that people with the same surnames as Holocaust victims can collect millions of dollars.

The email tells the recipient there is a dormant bank account belonging to a Holocaust victim with the same name, and urges them to reply within seven days to receive the funds.

The writer claims to be an executive director at the Swiss Banks Settlement, which in reality retrieved $1.25 billion from Swiss banks in 1998. The banks had retained and concealed assets of Holocaust victims.

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Jaeger boss: Tax breaks for ethical fashion

By Robyn Rosen, May 13, 2010

Harold Tillman, the owner of Jaeger and chairman of the British Fashion Council, has called for tax-breaks for "eco-fashion" businesses.

The recommendation is part of a campaign spearheaded by Mr Tillman which urges fashion businesses to work in a more sustainable way and make eco-fashion more affordable to consumers.

Mr Tillman, a member of Highgate Synagogue, said ethical and sustainable fashion ranged from the fabrics to the machinery used to produce the clothes.

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Zionist Congress swings to the left

By Simon Rocker, May 13, 2010

At least one "election" turned left this week: Britain's delegation to the Zionist Congress in Jerusalem.

After horse-trading which almost puts Labour, the Lib Dems and the Conservatives in the shade, the majority of Britain's delegation will come from the religious and political left.

The Zionist Supreme Court has issued a ruling on the UK's 19 delegates following appeals from the Progressive religious Zionist movement, Pro-Zion, and the Jewish Labour Movement.

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Jewish psychic sues management for £1m

By Marcus Dysch, May 13, 2010

A psychic has started High Court proceedings against his former management company, claiming he is owed £1 million.

Colin Fry, who hosted the TV show 6ixth Sense, in which he explores the world of the paranormal, has applied for an injunction to freeze the assets of International Programme Marketing (IPM).

Mr Fry, who is Jewish, claims IPM failed to pay him a fair share of profits from his touring show, in which he demonstrates "mediumship".

IPM had managed his business affairs since 2000.

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Student 'considered quitting' over Leeds story

By Marcus Dysch, May 13, 2010

A university student union officer has admitted he considered resigning after being criticised for censoring a student paper.

The paper had published an interview interpreted as suggesting Jews control the media.

Jak Codd, Leeds University Union communications and internal affairs officer, helped take the decision to remove, temporarily, copies of Leeds Student from the Union building a fortnight ago.

The paper's Laura Mackenzie had interviewed Sameh Habeeb, the founder and editor of the online Palestine Telegraph, about his experiences during last year's Gaza conflict.

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Police to investigate Manchester student protest

May 13, 2010

Fallout has continued this week from the violence which surrounded a visit to Manchester University by Israel's deputy ambassador.

Manchester's top police officer spoke out to condemn last month's attack on Talya Lador-Fresher. Jewish communal organisations have also requested a meeting with university representatives to formulate a plan for avoiding future disturbances.

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The gambler, the rabbi and the £140k row

By Robyn Rosen, May 13, 2010

A 22-year-old professional gambler and former JFS pupil has asked a judge to dismiss a £140,000 payment demand from a rabbi who lost the sum in a betting deal that they had made.

The High Court heard last week that in 2008, Andrew Feldman, of Bushey, made a deal with Rabbi Simon Nissim, to place a spread betting deal for him.

The two met at Jewish education group, Aish, in Hendon, where Rabbi Nissim was an educator.

Mr Feldman had allegedly lost £700,000 on online poker, and Rabbi Nissim offered to help him by placing new bets using his own spread betting account.

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Analysis: Even the Tories do not deserve Tonge and friends

By Nick Cohen, May 13, 2010

Britain lacks a true liberal party, a movement of the radical centre which is committed unequivocally to the values of the Enlightenment. Instead, it has the Liberal Democrats, whose history all but orders it to stand firm against the forces of irrational hatred which are sweeping the world, but which ducks its moral obligations.

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Analysis: I went for UKIP because I can't forgive Germany

By Julie Burchill, May 13, 2010

I won't beat around the bush here - finding myself repelled by the three legit parties and of course the BNP, I voted for UKIP because I STILL haven't forgiven the Germans for what they did to your lot. Bear a grudge, moi? Live in the past? Non! I just know what I want.

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