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Poster dauber given community service

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2011

A Cairo-born man who scrawled graffiti on posters featuring Jews will not face a custodial sentence or have to pay compensation.

Yacoub Osman, who daubed angry comments such as "F**k Israel" and a swastika symbol on posters of Lord Sugar and Jewish film director Steven Spielberg at Chalk Farm tube station, was ordered to complete 50 hours of community service.

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Abramovich and Berezovsky spat goes to court

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2011

Two Russian Jewish businessmen faced each other in court yesterday on the first day of a high profile case against Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich.

Mr Abramovich has been accused of the betrayal and blackmail of his former business partner Boris Berezovsky. The pair, among the world's richest men, worked together following the collapse of the Soviet Union but fell out several years ago.

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Ex Leeds United director convicted of blackmail

By Jessica Elgot, October 3, 2011

Property mogul Simon Morris, who sent his 21-stone bodyguard to force a former business partner and fellow member of the Leeds Jewish community into repaying a loan, has been found guilty of blackmail and told he will face jail.

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Schools out of Tottenham Palestine Literary Festival

By Marcus Dysch, October 3, 2011

Eight schools pulled out of a literary festival organised by pro-Palestinian campaigners after Education Secretary Michael Gove intervened.

Pupils from the primary schools in the north London boroughs of Haringey and Islington were due to attend workshops led by anti-Israel activists at the Tottenham Palestine Literary Festival last weekend.

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Livni heading to Britain after arrest law change

By Jennifer Lipman, October 3, 2011

Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni is to visit Britain for the first time since she was prevented from doing so by pro-Palestinian activists nearly two years ago.

Ms Livni, the leader of the Kadima Party, has been invited by Foreign Secretary William Hague and is set to arrive on Wednesday.

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'He deserves it': Dan Lipman as The Keys cut from X Factor

By Jennifer Lipman, October 3, 2011

Former X Factor hopeful Dan Lipman of The Keys has said there is no bitterness after the judges decided to send singer Charlie Healy through to the live shows but axe the rest of the band.

The Jewish musician, 24 and from Hadley Wood, said he was "massively supportive" despite the collapse of the popular band.

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Banned Sheikh Salah was wrongfully arrested

By Jennifer Lipman, October 3, 2011

An Islamic political activist who entered Britain despite a Home Office ban and was arrested has won damages for wrongful detention.

The High Court said that Sheikh Raed Salah, who was detained in London in June, should have been told in Arabic the reason for his arrest. But it was only a partial victory as the court said the rest of his detention was lawful.

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Taub: Labour sending wrong message on peace process

By Martin Bright, September 28, 2011

Opposition leader Ed Miliband told a packed Labour for Friends of Israel reception at his party's conference in Liverpool on Tuesday that backing the Palestinian bid for statehood was the right thing to do.

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Hague wishes Jewish world a peaceful New Year

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2011

The Foreign Secretary has joined leaders of the main parties in wishing the Jewish community "in the UK and around the world" a happy new year.

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Ed Miliband on 'outsider' Jewish heritage

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2011

Ed Miliband has once again referred to his Jewish roots in his party conference address.

The Labour leader, who was chosen for the post on Rosh Hashanah last year, spoke of how his parents fled the Nazis then came to Britain "and embraced its values".

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