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'Confession made up' in Stamford Hill pensioner murder case

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

Police "fabricated" evidence in a desperate attempt to seal a conviction for the unsolved manslaughter of a Stamford Hill pensioner, a court has heard.

Eveline Kelmenson, 83, died alone after burglars raided her home and left her bound and gagged.

She lay undiscovered for five weeks before she was found by relatives on New Year's Day 2009.

Her home had been "ransacked" after two burglars

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Green MP Caroline Lucas challenges PSC on pre-Israel map

By Martin Bright, June 23, 2011

The leader of the Green Party has written to the Palestine Solidarity Campaign questioning why the organisation uses as its logo a provocative map of Palestine prior to the creation of Israel.

Caroline Lucas, Parliament's first Green MP, is a prominent supporter of the Palestinian cause and has visited the Palestinian territories on several occasions.

The Green Party has close links with the

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Saudi ambassador defends SOAS funds

By Martin Bright, June 23, 2011

The Saudi ambassador to Britain has written an open letter to MPs defending donations to the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

The JC revealed last week that SOAS had received donations of £755,000 from the Saudi royal family over the past four years. This was used to fund the college's Islamic Studies Centre and a Journal of Islamic Studies.

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Professor quits UCU in hate row

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

A professor has resigned from the University and College Union after more than 40 years following its rejection of the widely-accepted definition of antisemitism.

David-Hillel Ruben, professor of philosophy at Birkbeck College and the former director of the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS), accused the UCU of being "institutionally racist" after it voted to distance itself from the defini

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Brit critic is ejected from Board position

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

An Oxford student has been removed from her position on the Board of Deputies after she wrote an article calling for a ban on circumcision.

New West End Synagogue, a United Synagogue congregation, revoked Rebecca Steinfeld's seat at the Board as an under-35s observer after she referred to circumcision as "male genital mutilation" in an article she co-authored in the Guardian last week.

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Birthday honour for donor

June 23, 2011

Philanthropist Edward Atkin and law professor and barrister Jeffery Jowell QC were both recipients of Queen's Birthday honours last week.

Mr Atkin, 66, received a CBE for services to industry and to charity through the Atkin Foundation.

After selling his baby-feeding business, Avent, for £300m in 2005, he has dedicated his time to his foundation, which is one of the main supporters of the

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Why 'hook-nosed' Begin was denied entry to UK

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

Menachem Begin was refused a visa to enter Britain in 1955 after the Foreign Office warned that his admission could damage relations with the Israeli government.

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How Israel dog-stoning story went astray

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

It was the ultimate shaggy dog story - but one with a nasty bite.

According to the BBC and other websites over the weekend, a Jerusalem Beth Din condemned a stray dog to be stoned after it was suspected of being the reincarnation of a secular lawyer cursed by the court 20 years ago.

Yahoo's news report, headlined "Jewish court sentences dog to death by stoning", drew more than 1,900 comments

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Biography: Daniel Taub

By Andrew Rosemarine, June 23, 2011

Daniel Taub, the newly appointed Israeli Ambassador to the Court of St. James, is the father of all advocates, and a paradigm for this post.

London-born, Oxford and Harvard-educated, he has always excelled in argument. He was the most persuasive debater throughout my time at Oxford, in a strong field including William Hague and Boris Johnson.

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Israel's new envoy: Daniel Taub

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2011

The Israeli Foreign Ministry's senior appointments committee has selected London-born Daniel Taub as the next ambassador to Britain.

Colleagues lauded the selection of the 49-year-old as "an inspired and worthy choice", despite the Foreign Ministry employees' union objecting over his lack of seniority.

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