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Ranting taxi-driver gets year community order

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2011

A taxi driver who screamed "all Jewish children must die," at Jewish mothers outside Manchester's King David School, has been found guilty of religious harassment by a jury and sentenced to community service.

Taha Osman, 36, from Blackley in north Manchester, was stuck in traffic outside the school last October when he became involved in an argument with one parent who was collecting her two yo


Voices of dissent at Leeds council event

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2011

Leeds City Council has been criticised for allowing a pro-Palestinian speaker to address crowds, including South African dignitaries, at an anti-apartheid event.

Voices of Apartheid, a project which documents Leeds campaigners' involvement in the anti-apartheid movement, was launched last week at Leeds City Museum, attended by the Mayor of Durban, James Nxumalo, and the South African Deputy Hig


Businessmen fight fire with fire over hotel site

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2011

A showdown between two of Manchester's most powerful Jewish business figures ended on Wednesday, with the last day of a public inquiry to decide the fate of one of Manchester's most iconic buildings.

Eric Pickles, the Communities and Local Government Secretary, must now decide between Manchester City Council chief Sir Howard Bernstein, and the Hale-based Britannia hotelier Alex Langsam, for the


Lucian Freud: from Nazi Germany to Britain's art elite

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

The celebrated painter Lucian Freud has died in London at the age of 88. Described by many as Britain's greatest living artist, he had been unwell.

Mr Freud, the grandson of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, was born in Germany. Just 11-years-old when Adolf Hitler came to power, his family moved to Britain in 1933 to escape the rise of Nazism.


Shambles: the Raed Salah case

By Marcus Dysch, July 21, 2011

The release on bail of Islamic political activist Raed Salah threatens the Home Office's revised counter-extremism strategy and puts the government at risk of ridicule, according to the Community Security Trust.

Sheikh Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was detained in London last month after allegedly flouting a ban - imposed by Home Secretary Theresa M


Best friends for ever on Nickelodeon

By Candice Krieger, July 21, 2011

What's the best way to test true friendship? Spend a week in the Australian bush where you are subjected to a series of gruelling challenges that must be completed as a twosome. Oh, and with no contact with the outside world.

This is exactly what JCoSS pupils Rosie Felt and Rebecca Ware will be doing when they take part in a new reality television series for Nickelodeon.


Grandma goes to jail every month

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 21, 2011

Getting in and out of one of the UK's highest security prisons is not easy, even for the innocent. But regular fingerprinting, photographing and a body, shoe and belongings search do not faze 76-year-old Trudy Barres, the last remaining League of Jewish Women volunteer working at HMP Manchester.


Claims Conference turns down Deputies

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

The Claims Conference, the international body which distributes compensation to Nazi victims, has rejected a request from the Board of Deputies to reopen claims for former Jewish properties in East Germany.

The conference, which uses assets from previously unclaimed properties to fund welfare programmes for Holocaust survivors, closed its compensation scheme for heirs in March 2004.


Fingers on buzzers, starter for 10

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2011

A Jewish student is hoping that his knowledge of Agamemnon and Lucy the skeleton in a nailbiting first round of University Challenge will be enough to secure his team a place in the next stage of the contest.

Jonathan Metzer, 19, was part of the Worcester College, Oxford team, but despite achieving a score of 180 points they were beaten - by just ten points - by their Cambridge opponents.


Nick's trick baffles magical pair Penn and Teller

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2011

A Borehamwood magician is to perform in Las Vegas after fooling renowned illusionists Penn and Teller with a food-related trick.

Nicholas Einhorn, a gold star member of the Inner Magic Circle and the resident magician at Tottenham Hotspur football club, was one of two acts to win on the ITV1 show on Saturday.