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Anger as M&S serves Syria but not Israel

By Marcus Dysch, October 29, 2009

Marks & Spencer has been criticised for excluding Israel from its online international delivery scheme, despite the service being on offer to shoppers in Libya, Syria and Lebanon.

The company has received complaints from disappointed Israelis, but this week declined to explain its reasons for not delivering to the Jewish state.

Earlier this month, M&S expanded its online delivery service to cover 80 countries, offering millions of British expatriates and overseas customers the chance to order from abroad.

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JFS: What the lawyers said

October 29, 2009

The case For JFS

“The refusal to offer a place at JFS to M was on the ground that he is not Jewish as a matter of religion. JFS applies the criteria stated by the Chief Rabbi, who is not concerned with whether a child is Jewish as a matter of race, or ethnic origin, but is concerned with religious status.”

The case against JFS

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Top judges ask who is a Jew as JFS hits Supreme Court

By Simon Rocker, October 29, 2009

Nine of the leading judges in England and Wales this week grappled with the fraught question of who is a Jew as the legal dispute over entry to JFS finally reached the highest secular court, the new Supreme Court.

A three-day hearing before a packed courtroom opened on Tuesday with far-reaching implications not only for other Jewish schools but potentially for those of some other faiths as well.

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Life's a beach for Israel-born photographer

By Julia Weiner, October 29, 2009

Last week was a big week for Israeli-born, London-based photographer Nadav Kander. On Monday, he was named International Photographer of the Year at the prestigious Lucie Awards for his series of photographs portraying members of President Obama’s administration.

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Exclusive interview: X Factor's Stacey Solomon

By Robyn Rosen, October 29, 2009

Exclusive: She’s been compared to Susan Boyle, Jade Goody and Barbra Streisand, but Stacey Solomon, the 20-year-old former King Solomon High School pupil tipped to win this year’s X Factor has spoken of her “humble” nature —and plans just to be herself.

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Zionists stop medical talk after campaign

By Robyn Rosen, October 29, 2009

Two lectures by Israeli-based charity Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) were cancelled after a Zionist organisation told hospitals holding the talks that they were “anti-Israel”.

Miri Weingarten from PHR-I was due to give a lecture, entitled The Right to Health in a Conflict Zone, to three hospitals in Manchester, Liverpool and Bury last week.

But just hours before the lecture, the Manchester Royal Infirmary and Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool cancelled the event.

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Sorry sir, the dog ate my kippah

October 29, 2009

London vet Joshua Rusnak has had to remove many foreign objects from many different animals, but this week was a first: Spike, an eight-year-old Doberman, had swallowed his owner’s kippah.

Owner Caroline Shemie of Golders Green is resignedly used to Spike’s ways. The “gentle giant” once ate four of her husband Danny’s shoes while the couple were out. “He gets very worried when we’re out, and he eats things when he gets worried.”

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French comic Dieudonné's London show axed for antisemitic joke

By Marcus Dysch, October 29, 2009

A theatre has cancelled a planned performance by an anti-Zionist French stand-up comedian after he was fined by a court for making antisemitic jokes.

Dieudonné M’bala M’bala had been due to appear in a one-man show about domestic violence at the Leicester Square Theatre, central London, in March next year.

But theatre director Martin Witts called off the show on Wednesday after learning of the increasing controversy surrounding Dieudonné, which has seen him described as “the French Jim Davidson”.

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Board plots 'buycott' to beat the boycott

By Leon Symons, October 29, 2009

It is the buycott versus the boycott — and it starts a week today.

The “buycott” is a call to Jews all over the country to buy as many Israeli products as they can.

The initiative has come from the Board of Deputies and the anti-boycott Fair Play Campaign to thwart a planned anti-Israel boycott against two major supermarket chains by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

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Ofsted report analyses faith teaching

By Marcus Dysch, October 29, 2009

Independent faith schools must work harder to ensure textbooks used to teach about other faiths are accurate and unbiased, according to an Ofsted report.

Inspectors visited 51 private faith schools and found that some teaching materials had incorrect information about other religions.

The Board of Deputies welcomed the report, saying it gave a “strong endorsement” of the general work of faith schools and the “real and positive efforts to address issues of citizenship and cohesion”.

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