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Lord Foster's brain wave

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2011

The renowned British architect, Norman Foster, is to lead the redesign of the largest brain research centre in Israel.

Lord Foster's firm has been chosen to redevelop the Hebrew University's Edmond and Lily Safra Centre for Brain Sciences.


Interview: Tzipi Livni

By Martin Bright, October 11, 2011

Israeli Opposition leader Tzipi Livni was shocked that the anti-Israel campaigners on campus in Britain had intensified their campaign to lobby for a "one-state solution" to the conflict.

Speaking to the JC during her brief visit to the UK last week she said: "What surprised me was not that there are those who are delegitimising Israel.


Livni visit did not test universal jurisdiction legislation

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2011

Israeli Opposition leader Tzipi Livni has visited Britain – but although her trip was billed as showcasing the change to the law on universal jurisdiction, it was in fact protected by an altogether different legal status.

Ms Livni met Foreign Secretary William Hague, at his invitation, at the Foreign Office in London last Thursday.

She was the first senior Israeli to visit Britain since th


We will never forget our children

By Jessica Elgot, October 11, 2011

Dozens of parents of stillborn babies have contacted the JC claiming they were misled about the whereabouts of their children's graves, including by officials from the Jewish Joint Burial Society (JJBS) which serves Reform, Masorti and Liberal communities.


Yesterday Paul McCartney went to shul

By Simon Rocker, October 11, 2011

On Sunday Sir Paul McCartney married his American Jewish fiancée Nancy Shevell in a civil ceremony in London.


Fox friend fixed key meetings in Israel

October 11, 2011

A meeting last year at the Ministry of Defence between Defence Secretary Liam Fox and the incoming UK ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, will form a key part of the inquiry into the relationship between Dr Fox and his best man, Adam Werritty.

Questions will also be raised about a dinner Mr Werritty helped arrange at the Herzliya Conference in February this year.

The JC can reveal that Mr W


Investigation after BNP accused of fraud

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2011

The British National Party has been accused of fraud.

The allegations were made on the BBC documentary show Panorama. According to the programme, the party treasurer submitted false invoices during the last general election campaign.

BNP leader Nick Griffin was said to have misled the Electoral Commission by encouraging a former colleague to alter an invoice involving EU money.


Amy Winehouse's father Mitch to write memoir

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2011

Amy Winehouse's father will release a biography of the singer next year.

Mitch Winehouse revealed on Monday that he had signed a book deal to tell the true story of his daughter's life and career.

The book, described as "a heartfelt and revelatory memoir" will be published by It Books next summer, a year after the death of the 27-year-old singer.


Gay weddings are a 'sign of moral decay'

By Simon Rocker, October 11, 2011

A number of senior Orthodox rabbis have hit out at Prime Minister David Cameron's support for the legalisation of gay marriage.

But Lord Sacks, who would have the opportunity to vote on the issue if it were to reach Parliament, would not comment on it.


David Miliband's erev Yom Kippur Israel trip

By Jessica Elgot, October 10, 2011

David Miliband has spent the past week in Gaza, Israel, Jordan and Egypt, spending the run-up to Yom Kippur in Jerusalem.

The former Foreign Secretary was in Gaza with Save the Children. It was his first visit to the region, having been barred from Gaza during his time in government because of security concerns.