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Holocaust archive moves to new home

By Jennifer Lipman, December 2, 2011

Historians and members of the public who want to find out more about the Nazi atrocities will be able to browse around two million documents at the new home of the world's oldest Holocaust archive.

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MP defends 'disloyal' envoy to Israel claims

By Jennifer Lipman, December 2, 2011

The Labour MP at the centre of a storm over his suggestion that the British ambassador to Israel could be disloyal because he is Jewish has complained that he has been treated unfairly.

Paul Flynn, who represents the Newport West constituency, said that because Matthew Gould has "proclaimed himself to be a Zionist" he is not a suitable person for the role.

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Election chaos as Sephardis choose new spiritual chief

By Simon Rocker, December 2, 2011

Leaders of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation are taking legal advice after a challenge to the result of last night's election of Rabbi David Bassous as their next spiritual head.

In a ballot of members yesterday, London-born Rabbi Bassous gained exactly the minimum two-thirds majority to secure the position, with 268 votes for him and 134 against.

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Debate needed on antisemitism after MP's Gould remarks

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2011

A Labour MP has called for "a debate on antisemitism" following another MP's remarks suggesting that the British ambassador to Israel has divided loyalties because he is Jewish.

Denis MacShane, the MP for Rotherham and the author of the book Globalising Hatred. The New Antisemitism, raised the issue during business questions in the House of Commons today.

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Chief Whip hauls in MP after Matthew Gould comments

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2011

The Labour MP who suggested Matthew Gould was an inappropriate British ambassador to Israel, because he was Jewish, has reportedly been called in by Labour Chief Whip Rosie Winterton to explain his remarks.

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NUS calls to end Ahava and King's College project

By Jessica Elgot, December 1, 2011

The National Union of Students executive has unanimously voted to condemn King’s College London and demand that it ceases participation in a research project with Israeli cosmetics company Ahava.

King’s College Palestine Campaign organised a petition with 1,000 signatures, included Noam Chomsky and pro-Palestinian campaigner Omar Barghouti.

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A slice of Britain in Israel lures ambassador

By Jessica Elgot, December 1, 2011

The small Israeli city of Beit Shemesh, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, boasts about its English tea and homemade scones.

Beit Shemesh is the Israeli city with a British accent.

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Judges asked to rule on Beth Din's £1m arbitration

By Sarah Limbrick, December 1, 2011

The High Court in London has been asked to enforce a decision of a Beth Din.

In December 2009, the north west branch of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations Beth Din awarded Gateshead businessman Jerry Fried more than £1 million, when it ordered company director David Zadok Baumgarten to pay Mr Fried £920,550.43.

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Israel's Irish envoy proclaims triumph

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2011

Anti-Israel protesters repeatedly disrupted Ireland's biggest ever showcase of Israeli films during a major four-day festival last weekend to promote cultural links.

The Israeli Film Days festival was beset by protests inside and outside the hosting venue in Dublin. The cultural event included Israeli films, Holocaust documentaries, Israeli rock-music, and photo and culinary exhibitions.

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Boris Johnson's bid to keep Charedim fitter

December 1, 2011

Strictly Orthodox Jews are being encouraged to take up kayaking, football and a range of fitness activities as part of a new scheme aimed at making the community healthier.

Charedi communities have set up sports groups and exercise sessions through the Maccabi GB Enable Project, which uses funding from Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Around £12,000 has been awarded so far, with 500 people do

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