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Topshop boss Sir Philip Green planning mass store closures

By Jennifer Lipman, November 24, 2011

Sir Philip Green has announced that up to 260 stores in his Arcadia retail empire will close in the next few years after a dramatic fall in profits.

The billionaire entrepreneur, whose group owns chains including Topshop, BhS and Dorothy Perkins, has revealed that the company saw a 38 per cent fall in annual profits.


Ken Livingstone on 'Islamophobic' Gove

By Marcus Dysch, November 23, 2011

Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has claimed Education Secretary Michael Gove is "stridently Islamophobic".

Mr Livingstone made his comments in an interview after being asked about his invitation to controversial Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi during his time as mayor.


Chief Rabbi opens week of interfaith activity

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2011

The Chief Rabbi was joined by dignitaries from several faiths in marking the start of the annual Interfaith Week at a ceremony in London on Tuesday.


Chief Rabbi: I did not attack Steve Jobs or Apple

By Simon Rocker, November 21, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has clarified remarks he made about Steve Jobs, saying they were not meant as a personal attack on the late Apple founder.

The comments, made at a 70th anniversary dinner for the Council and Christians and Jews last week, were reported online in the Telegraph in a story headed “Chief Rabbi blames Apple for helping create selfish society”.


Israeli Ambassador meets the Queen

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2011

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub was formally welcomed to the UK by the Queen at a Buckingham Palace ceremony.


Jackie Mason's goodbye tour

By Simon Rocker, November 18, 2011

Comedian Jackie Mason is to make his last ever live tour of the UK in 2012.

Jackie Mason first appeared in the JC in 1963 when he did a charity gig for the Manchester Jewish Benevolent Society with Helen Shapiro.


Interfaith takes on business

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 17, 2011

Organisers of a new business network for Muslims and Jews in Manchester claim that it will change the image of interfaith work.

More than 50 business people from both communities are to attend an event at the Manchester Conference Centre on November 20, which will provide a master-class on networking together with stalls promoting businesses, from an Islamic finance group to a Jewish-owned IT f


Interview: Baroness Sayeeda Warsi

By Jessica Elgot, November 17, 2011

Conservative Party co-chair Baroness Sayeeda Warsi has called on communities to "drain the poison of antisemitism from our country."

Lady Warsi gave the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism annual lecture at the House of Commons this week, and the keynote address at the Buncher Interfaith Conference on Social Action at Lambeth Palace.

At both sessions, she stressed t


Farewell at sea for Mr Loophole's officer uncle

By Angela Epstein, November 17, 2011

On a June night in 1944, all was dark and quiet as the 13-man crew of the small D-Day landing craft slowly approached the south coast on its return journey from Normandy.

But just four miles from the safety of Portsmouth harbour, disaster struck. The small craft collided with HMS Rodney, a 34,000-ton battleship, which sliced the boat in half.


Ed Miliband's links to Israel

By Martin Bright, November 17, 2011

Labour leader Ed Miliband used a Labour Friends of Israel lunch this week to emphasise his family connection to the country that gave refuge to his grandmother. In a highly personal speech to mark the publication by LFI of a collection of essays entitled Making the Progressive Case for Israel, he said: "I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for the state of Israel".