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Britain faces abuse backlash

December 30, 2008

The attacks on Gaza have led to an upsurge in abusive messages and grafitti directed against the Jewish community in the UK.

In Stamford Hill and Golders Green, the slogans "Jihad for Israel" and "Jihad the only solution for Palestine" have been daubed on buildings in the heart of the community. Some of the daubings appeared on a wall next to the main entrance of Finchley Synagogue.

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Official: it’s OK to convert Jews

By Leon Symons, December 23, 2008

The Charity Commission is at the centre of a row after publishing advice that appears to give a green light to evangelical groups whose sole aim is to convert Jews to Christianity.

The Commission has been attacked by Rabbi Shmuel Arkush, Anglo-Jewry’s main anti-missionary campaigner. But it has received backing from the Board of Deputies, which described the advice as a “useful tool in helping to expose those groups who prey on vulnerable individuals”.

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Fury at ‘Don’t buy on West Bank’ advice

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 23, 2008

Israeli officials have said they are “deeply disappointed” at the British Government’s decision to publish an advice note warning Britons against buying property in settlements in the West Bank and the Golan Heights, describing the move as “politically motivated”.

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Artist Hannah Frank dies aged 100

December 23, 2008

Hannah Frank, the celebrated Jewish artist, has died, aged 100.

Born in Glasgow in 1908, she graduated from Glasgow University in 1930 with an MA in Arts. She also spent time at the city’s famous art school. Hannah’s artistic career covered 75 years. She is known for her distinctive black-and-white drawings and her sensuous sculptures (left, her mask of her father, Charles Frank).

In August she celebrated her own centenary with an exhibition at Glasgow University Chapel.

Her funeral took place on Sunday (December 21) at Glasgow’s Cathcart
Cemetery.

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Fraudsters ordered to hand over assets

By Lynda Roughley, December 23, 2008

A Manchester man jailed for six years for involvement in a large-scale “advance fee” business fraud has been ordered to hand over £425,000.

Following a two-day confiscation hearing at Liverpool Crown Court, it was agreed that Carl Montlake had benefited by £1.5 million from the scam.

It was also agreed that he has realiseable assets of £425,000 and Judge Gerald Clifton ordered that, if this sum is not paid over under the Proceeds of Crime Act, by January 31 next year, he will face an extra 42 months in prison.

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US attends first liaison meeting

By Simon Rocker, December 23, 2008

The United Synagogue has for the first time sent a rabbinic representative to the liaison body set up to reduce tensions between the Orthodox and non-Orthodox.

Rabbi Michael Harris, joint vice- chairman of the US Rabbinical Council, attended last Thursday’s meeting at US head office of the community consultative committee, established under the 1998 Stanmore Accords.

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Police probe Facebook complaint

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2008

Comments posted on the social networking website Facebook are to be investigated by police after a Jewish user claimed they were antisemitic and could incite racial hatred.

One group, titled “We hate Tottenham”, contains references to “dirty yiddo scum” as part of its introductory description.

The group has more than 1,240 members. One person wrote: “Yid scum….hate em more ‘n more every week.”

Another states: “Let’s smash them yid mugs tonight!”

A London-based 34-year-old man, who does not want to be named reported a number of comments to police last week.

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Hip-op man disabled by hospital fall

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2008

A pensioner has received £180,000 in damages after hospital staff dropped him as he recovered from a hip replacement operation.

Harold Shaw, 82, was left unable to walk and confined to a care home after the incident at Finchley Memorial Hospital, in North-West London.

Mr Shaw’s son, David, took legal action against Barnet Primary Care Trust (PCT), which manages the hospital. The case was due to be heard at the High Court last month, but the trust settled out of court.

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Payout pensioner dropped by hospital nurse

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2008

A pensioner has received £180,000 in damages after hospital staff dropped him as he recovered from a hip replacement operation.

Harold Shaw, 82, was left unable to walk and confined to a care home after the incident at Finchley Memorial Hospital, in North-West London.

Mr Shaw’s son, David, took legal action against Barnet Primary Care Trust (PCT), which manages the hospital. The case was due to be heard at the High Court last month, but the trust settled out of court.

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Madoff scandal: charities lose $1bn

By Daniella Peled and Anshel Pfeffer, December 18, 2008

The Bernard Madoff investment scandal is expected to cost the Jewish charity world well over a billion dollars. But UK charities are likely to escape relatively unscathed from immediate losses.

Avraham Infeld, president of the Chais Family Foundation in Jerusalem, which has announced it is closing down after losing all its assets, said: “$600 million has disappeared overnight from the Jewish world.”

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