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Ecclestone cancels Germany trip

By Jessica Elgot, July 8, 2009

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has called off a visit to Germany this week, after a ‘conversation’ with event organisers, just weeks before the German Grand Prix.

Mr Ecclestone, 78, caused widespread outrage when he praised Hitler’s ability to “get things done” in a weekend interview with The Times, and was forced to apologise publicly.

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Easyjet launches Tel Aviv flights

By Jan Shure, July 8, 2009

EasyJet, the budget airline, has announced plans to fly to Israel with six flights a week between Luton and Tel Aviv, launching on November 2.

The Luton-based airline is offering single fares from £71.98 and return fares from £102.98, including all taxes. It will also cost £8 each way to check in a bag. Flights will depart daily, except Friday and have now been launched on the firm's website, where hotels are also on offer from £80 per night.

Andy Harrison, easyJet’s chief executive, described the launch as “a major breakthrough”.

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Men against boys as Vale romp home

By Danny Caro, July 7, 2009

London Maccabi Vale 2nd cruised to a 10-wicket victory as they demolished London Marshes Select at Chaseville CC.

After moving the stumps to and fro between two very unkempt wickets, the LMS captain decided on using the least dusty of the pitches. With LMV bowling first,it was obvious from the first ball that a) the wicket was poor and b) the opposition were even poorer.

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Anger at Ecclestone's Mandelson link

By Jessica Elgot, July 7, 2009

F1 BOSS Bernie Ecclestone has faced a barrage of criticism over his comments in which he appeared to praise Hitler’s leadership.

And our revelation that he used former Labour spin doctor Peter Mandelson to help him with his ‘crisis management’ did not go down well with many in the community.

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Barak in detailed talks with Americans in London

July 7, 2009

Israel discussed new measures on access and movement in the West Bank with the US administration this week.

Defence Minister Ehud Barak flew to London yesterday for talks with President Obama's special envoy for Middle East peace, George Mitchell. It was the second leg of detailed discussions which began in New York on June 30.

The talks covered all aspects of Middle East peace and security.

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Ecclestone: I was an idiot over Hitler

By Simon Rocker, July 6, 2009

Bernie Ecclestone, the head of Formula One motor racing, has apologised to the JC for remarks in which he was seen to praise Hitler’s leadership.

They came during an interview with the Times on Saturday in which he criticised MPS for their lack of leadership and referred to the Nazi leader’s ability to “get things done”.

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Richard Desmond begins libel battle

By Jessica Elgot, July 6, 2009

Express Newspapers owner Richard Desmond has begun a seven-day libel battle against Conrad Black's biographer Tom Bower.

The case, heard in the High Court today, will centre on allegations in Bower's biography of former Daily Telegraph owner Black that the Telegraph and Express Newspapers had a shared printing agreement.

The court heard legal arguments today and it is likely the jury will begin to hear evidence tommorrow.

Black is currently serving a prison sentence in Florida for fraud.

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Bernie Ecclestone’s Hitler comments

July 6, 2009

Bernie Ecclestone is reported to have praised Hitler for his ability to “get things done” and said he preferred totalitarian regimes to democracies.

The billionaire Formula One chief was quoted Saturday’s Times as criticising MPs for their lack of strong leadership.

He said he liked “strong leaders”, such as Margaret Thatcher and suggested that Max Mosley, president of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), would make a good Prime Minister.

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JFS: Tell us your story

By Jessica Elgot, July 6, 2009

Did you go to JFS in the seventies - before regulations were changed regarding pupils' Jewish status?

If so, we want to hear from you. Perhaps you were eligible to attend the school but your children today might not be.

Contact us and tell us your story on editorial@thejc.com

The debate has continued on the JC's pages, on the web and in your letters, and here are some of your early reactions.

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Swine flu suspected at Jewish schools

By Jessica Elgot, July 3, 2009

Two London Jewish schools have suspected cases of swine flu.

A boy at JFS whose sister was diagnosed with the virus last week is being tested for the virus but the results of the test have not been disclosed.

Kerem House Nursery in Hampstead Garden Suburb has also had a swine flu scare when a number of staff members were taken ill and the school has been closed since Monday until reopening yesterday.

JFS said the school "is taking and following the regular advice from both the local authority and the area health authority".

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