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Ban on ‘Territories’ Tube posters

By Jan Shure, May 27, 2009

The Israel Government Tourist Office is to remove a series of holiday posters from London Underground stations following a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority.

The complaint was about a map featured in the poster which showed the Occupied Territories incorporated into Israel.

As we reported last week, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign complained about the posters, part of the £40,000 IGTO Think.Israel campaign.

The ASA is to investigate the complaint, and expects to have an adjudication within the next few weeks. I

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Torture-row doctors stick the knife in

By Leon Symons, May 27, 2009

The Israeli president of the World Medical Association has attacked critics who have called for his dismissal over allegations that Israeli doctors have been involved in or condoned the torture of Palestinians.

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Anti-BNP alliance now in final push

By Leon Symons, May 27, 2009

The groups battling to prevent the British National Party gaining a seat in the European elections on June 4 will launch their final offensive this week.

The Board of Deputies-backed Your Voice Not Theirs initiative, the Hope Not Hate campaign and the anti-Fascist magazine Searchlight will be putting all their efforts into getting voters out to polling stations.

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Edinburgh film woman hits back

By Marcus Dysch, May 27, 2009

The Israeli film director at the centre of an argument over film festival funding has hit back at anti-Israel campaigners.

Tali Shalom Ezer said she was “outraged” at comments made by controversial director Ken Loach, in which he claimed Israel had conducted “massacres and state terrorism in Gaza”.

Following Mr Loach’s remarks, organisers of the Edinburgh International Film Festival rejected a £300 donation from the Israeli Embassy.

The money was to be used to fly Ms Shalom Ezer to Scotland for the screening of her debut film, Surrogate.

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Still no cash for tribunal winner

By Simon Rocker, May 27, 2009

A former employee of an Orthodox charity is owed thousands in compensation, months after winning an unfair dismissal claim against it.

Geraldine Fainer was awarded more than £17,000 by Watford Employment Tribunal in December after losing her job at The Clubhouse, a charity which supports Orthodox youngsters and their families in London.

But a spokesman for the organisation said that it had gone into liquidation last month.

Last Friday, Barnet County Court ordered to be paid to Ms Fainer £6,500 which had been previously frozen in two of the charity’s bank accounts.

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New order for Asbo boy

By Marcus Dysch, May 27, 2009

A boy has been sentenced to community service for breaching an antisocial behaviour order imposed after he verbally abused Jewish schoolchildren.

The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was given a referral order in January after admitting charges of racially aggravated harassment and common assault.

Magistrates were told that he had approached pupils from JFS as they travelled home on a 183 bus through north west London. The youth threatened to stab them and shouted “Jewish scum” during the incident last November.

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Cambridge mulls rival mikveh plans

By Simon Rocker, May 27, 2009

A public showdown is looming over plans to open Cambridge’s first mikveh.

An open meeting has been called by the Cambridge Community Mikveh Charity (CCMC) for Sunday week, in the presence of a dayan from the London Beth Din, which held a hearing into the mikveh controversy six months ago.

David Gilinsky, a trustee of the CCMC, took his fellow-trustees to the Beth Din, complaining of “procrastination” over the project. He and his wife Ofra have offered land they own in Milton Road as a location for the ritual bath.

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More MPs are caught in expenses firing-line as the scandal deepens

By Marcus Dysch, May 27, 2009

A Jewish MP is to stand down at the next election after becoming embroiled in the expenses row and claiming the public was “jealous” of his country house.

Tory MP Anthony Steen announced his retirement after earlier claiming taxpayers should not be allowed to see MPs’ claims and insisting his behaviour had been “impeccable”.

The 69-year-old former barrister was elected to represent Totnes in 1983. Previously he represented Liverpool Wavertree for nine years.

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Sea mystery as passenger claims ‘we beat pirates’

By James Martin, May 27, 2009

A London woman who was on a cruise ship attacked by Somali pirates said this week that “the heroic efforts of passengers in fending them off has been overlooked”.

Frances Pallas was a week into a three-week cruise, which ran from Durban, South Africa, to Genoa, Italy, when the MSC Melody was attacked by pirates last month.

Mrs Pallas disputes the claim of the ship’s owners, MSC Cruises, that pirates were thwarted by Israeli security guards, who “acted immediately and successfully” in response to an attempted hijack.

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Rabbi blasts HSA as complaints grow

By James Martin, May 27, 2009

A leading member of Stamford Hill’s strictly Orthodox community, Rabbi Avraham Pinter, has accused the medical insurer HSA of “discrimination”.

Last week the JC revealed that hundreds of Jewish families have been left out of pocket due to the insurer’s refusal to reimburse them for treatments.

They are supported by furious dentists, homeopaths, chiropodists, herbal doctors and opticians, who say HSA has failed even to respond to applications they made on behalf of patients.

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