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Race hate website man's jail release

By Robyn Rosen, May 12, 2011

A man jailed for inciting racial hatred online in a landmark case is being released after serving less than half his sentence.

Simon Sheppard, 53, was arrested in 2008 after police traced a leaflet called "Tales of the Holohoax," which had been pushed through the door of Blackpool Reform Synagogue, to a post office box in Hull, registered to Sheppard.

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Neighbour is cleared over weedkiller vendetta

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

A former financial trader has been cleared of poisoning his neighbour's hedge with weedkiller.

Robert Pearlman, 44, was accused of attacking the hedge between his and Saul Shaya's homes as part of a long-running dispute between the men, who are both Jewish.

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Tributes pour in for Labour MP Cairns

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

David Cairns MP, parliamentary chairman of the Labour Friends of Israel group, has died following a short illness. Mr Cairns, who was 44, was taken ill in March with pancreatitis. He died on Monday night.

The Inverclyde MP was in his second spell as chairman of the group. He previously held the role in 2004 before returning in October last year.

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Leeds football author unites judges

By Jessica Elgot, May 12, 2011

A book exploring the connection between Leeds United and the city's Jews has been named Football Book of the Year.

The Promised Land: The Reinvention of Leeds United, by Mirror sportswriter and Leeds fan Anthony Clavane was honoured at the British Sports Book Awards.

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LSE stays silent on Libya link

By Martin Bright, May 12, 2011

The London School of Economics has refused requests from Harlow MP Robert Halfon for further information about its relationship with Libya.

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Students' trial is delayed

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

The trial of two students accused of desecrating an Israeli flag has been adjourned until the summer.

St Andrews University students Samuel Colchester, 20, and Paul Donnachie, 18, face alternate charges of racially aggravated conduct or behaving in a threatening or abusive manner in relation to an alleged incident in March.

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You could be a Busby Babe (if you're aged 11)

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 12, 2011

Your son or daughter could star in a new football feature film due to be shot in Manchester by Jewish director David Scheinmann this summer.

Mr Scheinmann, who grew up in Sale, has risen to become a multi-award winning photographer and film director who has worked with Sacha Baron Cohen, Rowan Atkinson and made music videos for Cher.

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Whoopi Goldberg: I'm Jewish and I talk to God

By Jessica Elgot, May 12, 2011

She may be well known as a singing nun in Sister Act, but actress Whoopi Goldberg has claimed she feels just as Jewish as she does black.

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Racist car hooligans plead guilty

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 12, 2011

Two men who terrorised Jewish women and children with a speeding car while one of them screamed threats to kill Jews have been convicted of intentional harassment.

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It's not just about how they died - but how they lived

By Jessica Elgot, May 12, 2011

In the sea of blue and white magen Davids, navy jackets and wooden placards on the road between Auschwitz and Birkenau, a single Union Jack was held aloft.

It belonged to the first full British delegation to March of the Living - 80 students, young professionals and adults who were nearing the end of a six-day journey across Poland.

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