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Land Rover shows the horrors of war

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 13, 2011

An armoured Land Rover hit by an Israeli rocket in Gaza will go on show for the first time in Manchester as a key artefact of a major exhibition about war correspondents.

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Jewish school pupils attacked on bus home

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

Police have promised additional patrols in Hendon after the assault of a group of Jewish pupils as they travelled home from school on Monday.

Several JFS pupils were left with minor injuries after four teenage boys climbed on to the school bus while it was stopped at traffic lights, then allegedly punched and struck passengers.

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The Lion of Hull is finally honoured

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

The work of a politician whose efforts saved thousands of lives during the war has been recognised in the city where he was a leading figure for more than half a century.

A 10ft-high statue of Sir Leo Schultz was unveiled outside Hull's Guildhall on Monday.

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Time-travelling film up for student Oscar

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

A short film by a young movie-maker from Stanmore has been nominated for a Student Academy Award.

Alex Lipman, 21, wrote and produced the black comedy The Miserables last year as his final project for Westminster University's film and TV production course.

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Jewish Chronicle in hunt for new CEO

May 12, 2011

The Jewish Chronicle is to launch a search for a new chief executive. The successful applicant will succeed managing director, Alan Rubenstein.

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Man gets 10 months for vile phone rants

By Robyn Rosen, May 12, 2011

A man who bombarded the Jewish Chronicle with hundreds of "vile, abusive and antisemitic" phone calls, has been jailed for 10 months.

William James Hannaford, 57, of Euston, who called JC staff "f---ing parasites" and "mosquitoes", was also given a restraining order after repeatedly calling the paper's central London offices.

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Promise director Kosminsky and 'Israel apartheid'

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

Peter Kosminsky, the director who made the controversial series The Promise, has attacked the Israeli government, comparing its policies to those of apartheid South Africa.

Mr Kosminsky, who was widely criticised following the broadcast of the films about British mandate Palestine, likened Israeli actions to the bantustan policies in South Africa 60 years ago.

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Desecration at synagogue leads to fast

By Simon Rocker, May 12, 2011

Members of a London synagogue observed a special fast on Monday after a burglary in which its Torah scrolls were dumped on the floor.

Thousands of pounds' worth of silver artefacts and scroll cases were stolen from Magen Avraham, a congregation of Aden Jews in Finchley, late last Thursday night or in the early hours of Friday.

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'Jew' used as a term of playground abuse

By Robyn Rosen, May 12, 2011

Community leaders have raised concerns about a rise in non-Jewish schoolchildren as young as eight using the word "Jew" to insult each other.

Education workers have criticised schools for not tackling the abusive behaviour in the same way as other
racism.

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Amnesty in spotlight over hosting anti-Israel event

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

Labour Friends of Israel has accused Amnesty of having a "disproportionate focus" on alleged Israeli human rights abuses and of being swayed by "anti-peace" groups.

The criticism came as more than a dozen LFI members, including vice-chair Louise Ellman MP, wrote to Amnesty to complain about the NGO's plans to host an anti-Israel event.

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