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Scottish academics quit UCU for 'feeding' antisemitism

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

Four Scottish academics have quit the University and College Union in protest against its decision to reject the European Union's working definition of antisemitism.

Ephraim Borowski, the former president of the UCU-predecessor, the Glasgow Association of University Teachers, was joined by three other longtime members in leaving.

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Gaza flotilla Brits lobby David Cameron

By Jessica Elgot, July 4, 2011

Although no British ship has joined the ill-fated flotilla from Athens to Gaza, this week activists in the UK have been lobbying Prime Minister David Cameron and the Greek ambassador to "guarantee their safe passage".

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Raed Salah supporters plan Downing Street demo

By Jennifer Lipman, July 4, 2011

Supporters of banned speaker Sheikh Raed Salah are planning to protest against his detention at Downing Street later today.

The Palestinian Forum, which was due to host Mr Salah at events in Brent and Manchester over the weekend, said it wanted to express anger at "the British government's attempt to silence" him.

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Orthodox Jews save Somali boy from fire

By Robyn Rosen, July 1, 2011

Two strictly Orthodox men and a medic from Hatzola, the Charedi ambulance service, have saved a young London Somali boy from a fire.

Josh Berkovitz ran into a blazing building in Tottenham, north London, after he heard a mother screaming that her son was trapped in the building yesterday afternoon.

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Academic suing University and College Union over antisemitism vote

By Jennifer Lipman, July 1, 2011

A British academic has announced that he is taking legal action against the Universities and Colleges Union after it made the "indecent" decision to distance itself from the European Union's working definition of antisemitism.

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Kate Moss wearing Galliano dress for wedding

By Jennifer Lipman, July 1, 2011

Kate Moss has chosen to wear a dress by disgraced designer John Galliano for her wedding today, Grazia magazine confirmed.

The supermodel, who is marrying Kills guitarist Jamie Hince at a three day extravaganza in Gloucestershire, named the former Dior couturier as her choice of designer just before he was arrested over antisemitic rants in a Paris café.

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Stamford Hill pensioner case to be retried

By Robyn Rosen, July 1, 2011

A pub cleaner accused of leaving a Stamford Hill pensioner to die after allegedly binding and gagging her is to be retried after a jury could not reach a verdict.

Eveline Kelmenson, 83, died a "slow death" of hypothermia and lay undiscovered for five weeks before she was found by relatives on New Year's Day 2009, her decomposed body still bound to a chair in her bedroom.

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Simon Kelner out as Independent editor

By Jennifer Lipman, July 1, 2011

Simon Kelner is leaving his position as editor of the Independent.

The Jewish writer has edited the paper for 13 years and oversaw the decision to introduce a cheaper daily edition last year, the ipaper.

Mr Kelner will remain as editor-in-chief of the Independent, but day-to-day responsibility for the paper and its Sunday title will go to Chris Blackhurst, an Evening Standard journalist.

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Racist 'sorry' to victim

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 30, 2011

A 20-year-old man who held a lighter to the face of a 12-year-old Jewish boy and told his friends to "get to the gas chambers" has been made to apologise to the victim, via the Community Security Trust.

The incident occurred as a group of Jewish boys played on a new sports pitch in Prestwich, north Manchester, last Monday evening, and were approached by five young men.

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Hackney Council force man to fend for himself

By Robyn Rosen, June 30, 2011

The sister of a schizophrenic man who has lived in a Jewish Care home for 20 years has said she fears for his life after a London council decided he should live alone.

Hackney Council has arranged to move Allan Basser, 64, into independent accommodation in Clapton next week, with 19 hours a week of care.

According to a council spokeswoman, Mr Basser had requested the move, but his sister, Jo

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