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Cambridge interfaith first

By Simon Rocker, August 4, 2011

Cambridge University is to introduce a pioneering new master's degree in Muslim-Jewish relations in 2012.

Yousef Meri, convenor of the one-year MPhil course, said: "It's the first postgraduate course of its kind specifically in the academic study of Muslim-Jewish relations.

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Row over MPs' rejection of Islamophobia group

By Martin Bright, August 4, 2011

A war of words has broken out over the decision to drop the anti-Zionist organisaton i-Engage (also known as Engage) as the secretariat to the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on Islamophobia.

MPs voted last month to dispense with its services of after efforts by Conservative MPs Nick Boles and Robert Halfon along with Labour's Hazel Blears and John Spellar.

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Synagogue wants to keep girls hidden

By Simon Rocker, August 4, 2011

The rabbi of one of London's oldest strictly Orthodox synagogues has been worrying that its women are too visible to men at prayer.

In a letter to the Hendon Adath Yisroel board, Rabbi Pinchas Roberts proprosed replacing its latticework mechitzah (partition) with one-way glass, so that women could have an "unobstructed view" of synagogue proceedings and men focus on prayer "without any distract

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EastEnders star Dot cottons on to her Jewish roots

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

Actress June Brown has discovered that her ancestors were Sephardi Jews expelled from Africa during the Spanish inquisition.

The EastEnders star, who has played Albert Square gossip Dot Cotton since 1985, is the latest celebrity to learn more about her Jewish heritage on the BBC series Who Do You Think You Are?

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Jewish star Chloe Green to join Made in Chelsea cast

By Jennifer Lipman, August 3, 2011

The daughter of Jewish retail entrepreneur Sir Philip Green is to join the cast of Made in Chelsea.

Chloe Green, 20, will appear in the second series of Channel Four's hit docu-soap following the lives of the young and glamorous in fashionable West London.

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University drops Libya libel suit against MP Robert Halfon

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

A university has dropped a libel suit against a Conservative MP who criticised it for maintaining commercial links with the oppressive Libyan regime.

In March Robert Halfon, MP for Harlow in Essex, published a blog post about Liverpool John Moores University (JMU) and its investments from Libyan sources.

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Matthew Gould cautions on UK campus extremism image

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

The British Ambassador to Israel has questioned the image of university campuses in this country being "hotbeds of anti-Israel sentiment".

Matthew Gould cautioned that such an image was false and emphasised the importance of not overstating the problem and putting off Israeli students from studying in the UK.

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ICO drops 'politically motivated' Djanogly complaint

By Jennifer Lipman, August 1, 2011

The Information Commissioner's Office will not take a complaint about a Conservative MP using unethical methods to spy on his constituents any further.

The ICO said last week that it would look into Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly's actions following a complaint by Labour MP John Mann.

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Home needed for kitten with Hitler moustache

By Jennifer Lipman, August 1, 2011

A kitten with an unfortunate resemblance to the Nazi leader is recovering in an animal shelter after being abandoned.

The cat, nicknamed Kitler, sports an unusual black marking on her face in the style of Adolf Hitler's distinctive moustache.

She also has a black patch by her ears, not dissimilar from Hitler's dark hair, and another on her arms that could be mistaken for a Nazi armband.

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