UK news

Palestinian calls for Palestine boycott

By Marcus Dysch, October 30, 2008

A campaign group has launched a boycott with a difference this week - calling on British shoppers to stop buying goods produced in the West Bank and Gaza.

Boycott of Palestinian Goods and Services (BPGS) is also asking traders to stop importing olive oil, figs, dates, soap and flowers from Palestinian sources.

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Jewish judge ‘not biased’ in Arab asylum-seeker ruling

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 30, 2008

The Law Lords have upheld the decision of a Jewish judge to refuse asylum to a Palestinian woman, denying the claim that the judge's membership of a Jewish jurists' organisation prejudiced her ability to hear the case.

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Ban on foreign hate preachers welcomed

By Leon Symons, October 30, 2008

Tough new laws announced this week to stop foreign extremist preachers who spread racist and religious hatred from entering Britain have been welcomed by the Community Security Trust.

Among the measures announced by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith will be a quarterly "name and shame" list given to Parliament of those excluded. The list will also be shared with other countries.

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Dentist is struck off

October 30, 2008

Trevor Mann, former chairman of the British Dental Association, has been struck off for fraudulently claiming £51,000 expenses from the association.

Mr Mann, a non-practising dentist, is a member of Kingston and Surbiton District Synagogue.

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priest’s shoah award

October 30, 2008

An Irish priest who saved 6,500 Jews during the Holocaust will be recognised with a new posthumous humanitarian award.

Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, described as "Ireland's Oskar Schindler", hid Jews in a network of safe houses and monasteries across Rome.

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Jewellers robbed: 2 charged

October 30, 2008

Two men have been charged with robbery following an attack on a jewellery store run by two Jewish brothers, David and Richard Share.

A gang entered Share jewellers in Leeds on Tuesday last week after smashing a window and climbing into the main customer showroom.

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UJIA hits a property slump

October 30, 2008

UJIA has been forced to reschedule its annual property dinner because of the current financial crisis.

The JC understands that the Young Property Group committee had struggled to sell tickets for the evening - and last week they made the decision to postpone the event.

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Ancestry group backs lecture by Mormon baptism-row leader

By Leon Symons and Anshel Pfeffer, October 30, 2008

Britain's leading Jewish genealogical group has defended its decision to invite a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - the Mormons - to speak at its annual one-day conference last week.

On Sunday at West London Synagogue, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain (JGSGB) gave a generous round of applause to Sharon Hintze, director of the London Family History Centre, who spoke about Jewish family-history resources.

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Music couple face theft charge

October 30, 2008

The former managers of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of The Queen's Music, have been charged with the theft of £447,000 from the composer.

Michael Arnold, 75, and his wife Judith, 73, of Golders Green, North-West London, have been bailed to appear before West London magistrates' court on November 3 charged with the theft of £447,049.

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JNF man ‘pays court £100,000’

October 30, 2008

Informed sources have told the JC that Simon Winters, the former chief executive of JNF UK, has paid an estimated £100,000 to the High Court in respect of his lost action against leading law firm Mishcon de Reya.

Mr Winters, who left the charity this summer, had sought an injunction to prevent Mishcon acting for JNF UK in a dispute over the termination of his employment, claiming there was a conflict of interest.

Mr Winters was ordered to pay £100,000, representing 70 percent of Mishcon's costs.

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