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Kosher cards

August 27, 2009

Children's charity Barnardo’s is launching a range of Jewish greeting cards for the first time. The cards, which will feature Rosh Hashanah and Chanucah greetings, are part of a multi-faith collection and will be sold online and in 25 stores across the UK.

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Book week partner

August 27, 2009

The Jewish Book Council has announced that retailer Blackwell is to be the official bookseller for Jewish Book Week 2010. The literary festival is based in central London, draws over 12,000 each year and has hosted guests such as Harold Pinter and Martin Amis.

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BNP in court

August 27, 2009

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has issued county court proceedings against the British National Party and its leader Nick Griffin. The commission is challenging the BNP’s constitution and membership criteria as “discriminatory and racist”.

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5ft 2 woman in court for attacking 'stocky' neighbour

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2009

A mother of four has spoken of her relief at being cleared of assaulting a neighbour during a row over a lost football.

Petite Susannah Marmot, 42, endured a ten-month ordeal following a scuffle with stocky George Louka outside her home in Edgware, north west London.

She was accused of actual bodily harm after Mr Louka fell and cut his head, requiring ten stitches, as she tried to retrieve her son’s ball.

Dustman Mr Louka was described in court as an “Alf Garnett” figure who regularly shouted abuse at neighbours and called police to make complaints.

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Dispute over 'biased' Gaza inquiry professor

By Bernard Josephs, August 27, 2009

A row has broken out over the inclusion of a UK law professor in a United Nations inquiry into the Gaza conflict.

The monitoring group, UN Watch, claimed the LSE professor, Christine Chinkin, was biased against Israel and demanded that she should be removed from the UN’s fact-finding mission into alleged human rights violations, headed by the South African judge Richard Goldstone.

But this week a spokesperson for the mission dismissed as “misplaced” the claims by UN Watch against Professor Chinkin.

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Samurai assault on pair who challenged noisy neighbours

By Robyn Rosen, August 27, 2009

A property developer assaulted his neighbour with a samurai sword after a dispute about noise reached a climax, a court heard.

Estate agent Simon Korn, of Marylebone, central London, opened his door in the early hours of October 26 last year to see pyjama-clad Simon Carson, 58, wielding an antique samurai sword.

Mr Korn grabbed the sword, accidently slashing own his hand as he grappled Mr Carson to the ground, before Mr Carson’s wife, Freddie Booker-Carson, began slapping Mr Korn’s wife, Madeline, Southwark Crown Court heard.

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BBC backs Jeremy Bowen in bias probe

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2009

The BBC has confirmed that a trustee who says he has “complete confidence” in Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen will be allowed to chair an investigation into complaints against the correspondent.

Richard Tait, head of the corporation’s Editorial Standards Committee, will lead the case considering allegations of inaccuracy and bias.

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Guardian rejects anti-semitism accusation

By Chloe Markowitz, August 27, 2009

A new website was launched this week with the aim of monitoring antisemitism on the Guardian newspaper’s Comment is Free blog.

CiF Watch will function primarily as a blog which discusses content on Comment is Free that it considers to be anti-Jewish.

The anonymous founder of the New York-based site, who insisted on only being known by the pseudonym “Hawkeye”, said the site aimed “to challenge the mainstream orthodoxy of the extreme left that the Jewish state is a racist endeavour — which is a recurrent theme in Comment is Free”.

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Cambridge mikveh plans are rejected

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2009

Plans to build Cambridge’s first mikveh were plunged into further confusion this week after a council rejected a rabbi’s planning application.

Chabad’s Rabbi Reuven Leigh had asked for permission to convert a ground floor garage and kitchen into a ritual bath at his Castle Street home.

But Cambridge Council planning committee turned down his request, despite the council’s own officials advising them to give the project the go-ahead.

Rabbi Leigh, who is also rabbi of Cambridge Traditional Jewish Congregation, said he would appeal against the “bizarre” decision.

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Second World War outbreak: 70th anniversary

August 27, 2009

The Second World War began on September 1 1939, with the German attack on Poland. Two days later Britain and France declared war on Germany.

There had been many forshadowings of those grim September days, and what it would mean to the Jews. On January 30 1939, six years to the day after the Nazi party came to power in Germany, Hitler told a crowd of his keenest supporters that if war came, “the result will not be the bolshevisation of the earth, and thus the victory of Jewry, but the annihilation of the Jewish race in Europe”.

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