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EasyJet gives another non-kosher helping

February 24, 2011

The budget airline forced to apologise for serving ham on a flight from Israel this week admitted it has happened more than once.

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Support flows for autistic boy

By Robyn Rosen, February 24, 2011

The parents of a severely autistic boy have welcomed "amazing" messages of support following their struggle to provide extra care for their son.

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Jews? Many are just prejudiced

By Jessica Elgot, February 24, 2011

Liberal Democrat peer Lord Phillips of Sudbury has said that "many" Jews are "deeply prejudiced" although "not lacking in intelligence."

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I lost my daughters, but won't lose hope

By Jessica Elgot, February 24, 2011

The Palestinian doctor whose three daughters were killed by Israeli shelling during the Gaza offensive in January 2009 has pleaded with both sides "not to give in to hatred".

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Australia's oldest Jew on life at 109

February 24, 2011

Australia's oldest Jew, who lived half her life in England and made hats for the Royal Family, will celebrate her 110th birthday next weekend.

But Mary Rothstein's actual birth date is unconfirmed; she doesn't have a birth certificate because her family escaped Russia for London soon after she was born in 1901.

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UK pushes for two states 'by September'

By Simon Rocker, February 24, 2011

The Board of Deputies has asked for a meeting with Foreign Secretary William Hague amid concern that the UK government holds Israel responsible for the deadlock in the Middle East peace process and is

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Chelsea's Abramovich loses Berezovsky lawsuit appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2011

London will be the scene for an unprecedented High Court battle between two Jewish oligarchs.

A £2 billion lawsuit against Russian businessman Roman Abramovich will go to trial after the Chelsea owner lost an appeal to quash a claim brought by his former business partner Boris Berezovsky.

The pair, who are among the world’s richest men, worked together following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Britannia Hotels boss saves Pontin's

By Jennifer Lipman, February 21, 2011

A Jewish businessman has stepped in to save holiday camp company Pontin’s from collapse and secure the jobs of its staff.

The 65-year-old company, which went into administration in November, has been bought by the Britannia Hotel Group, owned by Hale-based property developer Alex Langsam.

Mr Langsam’s decision means that 850 Pontin’s employees will be able to keep their jobs.

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Ian McEwan: Engage with Israel even if you disagree

By Jennifer Lipman, February 18, 2011

The British writer Ian McEwan has expressed his belief in the importance of engaging with Israeli politics rather than boycotting the country.

Speaking in Israel ahead of a ceremony at which he will receive this year’s Jerusalem Prize, Israel’s highest honour for foreign writers, Mr McEwan said: “You cannot isolate [literature] but I take it as a bad sign when politics permeates every corner of life”.

According to the Guardian, he added: “I don't feel I endorse every corner of Israel's domestic or foreign policy…but I feel it's right to engage with it."

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Unite attack 'belligerent' Norwood over job cuts

By Jennifer Lipman, February 18, 2011

Norwood has defended itself over employment union Unite’s allegations that it is one of the voluntary sector’s “renegade employers”.

Unite accused the charity of not living up to its “caring” label after talks on staff pay cuts and new contracts broke down within minutes.

The disability charity has been heavily hit by local authority budgets cuts and has lost around £4 million in funding.

In November it laid out plans to cut the wages of front-line care staff and make 20 per cent of head office staff redundant, as well as reduce supplier costs.

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