UK news

Maureen Lipman donates art to Holocaust charity

By Jennifer Lipman, September 12, 2011

Actress Maureen Lipman is to draw on one of her other talents to help raise money for Holocaust remembrance.

A signed painting by the actress is to be auctioned at the White Rose ball later this month, where she will also host proceedings.

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September 11 victims remembered 10 years on

By Jennifer Lipman, September 11, 2011

Ceremonies are being held around the world to mark ten years since the September 11 attacks.

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Critics divided over 'lenient' Galliano verdict

By Jennifer Lipman, September 9, 2011

The relatively lenient sentence handed to disgraced designer John Galliano on Thursday has received mixed reactions.

The former Dior chief designer was convicted of antisemitic and racist behaviour and given a 6,000 euro suspended fine, which he will have to pay only if he reoffebds within five years.

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Chief Rabbi's call to British faith groups

By Jessica Elgot, September 9, 2011

The Chief Rabbi has called for faith groups to make a "covenant" with Britain, which lays out responsibilities towards the country and to others.

Speaking at a debate in the House of Lords on multiculturalism in Britain, Lord Sacks said: "I have a simple proposal.

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Comedy theatre to be renamed after Harold Pinter

By Jennifer Lipman, September 9, 2011

The celebrated Jewish playwright Harold Pinter is to have a theatre named in his honour.

Mr Pinter, who died in 2008 at the age of 78, won a Nobel Prize for literature and was the author of 32 plays including The Birthday Party and The Caretaker.

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Giffnock Jews attacked on Facebook

By Jennifer Lipman, September 8, 2011

A Facebook page has been set up mocking the Jewish community of Giffnock in Glasgow.

The page, which has attracted nearly 1,000 "likes", is called "Welcome to Israel, only kidding you're in Giffnock".

Under the information given for the page, the creator wrote: "They have a Gaelic translation in the train station, Hebrew would have been more appropriate."

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Literary festival attracts top Jewish writers

By Jennifer Lipman, September 8, 2011

Jewish writers will be answering questions and sparking debate this week at the annual Hampstead and Highgate Literary festival.

The event, organised by the London Jewish Cultural Centre, takes place at Ivy House from this Sunday.

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EDL picks new Jewish Division leader

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2011

The English Defence League has selected a new leader to run its Jewish division.

James Cohen, a Canadian writer and activist, was installed in the role last weekend.

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Swastikas fly high in Guernsey

By Jessica Elgot, September 8, 2011

The leader of Jersey's Jewish community has voiced his dismay at reports of high demand for neo-Nazi memorabilia in another of the Channel Islands, Guernsey.

The Guernsey Press reported that a fancy dress shop in Lower Vauvert was having to restock its collection of Nazi flags, because they had proved so popular.

Fancy That manager Jo Francis said the shop had just one swastika flag left fro

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PSC target primary kids in lit festival

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2011

Primary school pupils will be encouraged to write about "children under occupation" at a literature festival organised by pro-Palestinian campaigners.

The workshops will encourage children to examine "the themes of human rights" through rap, poetry and short story-writing.

Schools taking part in the Tottenham Palestine Literature Festival, organised by the Haringey Justice for Palestinians b

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