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New research will reveal cancer risk

By James Martin, March 26, 2009

A research project has been launched which could lead to every Ashkenazi adult in the UK being offered a genetic test to determine the risk of developing cancer.

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Café’s Israel boycott becomes PR disaster

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2009

A café owner has apologised for displaying a sign declaring “Jews are welcome”, saying it was a bid to allay fears that his boycott of Israeli goods could be interpreted as being antisemitic.

Chris Boddington said he was open about his boycott and support for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign at Café Crema in New Cross, south-east London. But he realised a boycott of Israeli produce could be equated with antisemitism.

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El Al to fly from Luton

By Jan Shure, March 26, 2009

El Al is to add six additional flights each week from London to Tel Aviv, starting in May.

The airline announced yesterday that it is to operate a third daily flight from the UK. The additional flights, from Sunday to Friday, will be from Luton. Low-cost airline Thomson, which has been flying to Tel Aviv from Luton since November 2007, is to discontinue flights after Passover.

Uri Danor, El Al’s UK vice-president said he was “excited” about the new venture. “We have had good co-operation from Luton to enable us bring this service to the market,” he said.

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Victory over hate at LSE

March 26, 2009

Jewish students at the London School of Economics (LSE) have celebrated a victory in their fight against antisemitism. Around 350 students voted in favour of the motion “Stop Antisemitism Now” at a union general meeting.

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Foreign Office man is bailed

March 26, 2009

Rowan Laxton, a Foreign Office official arrested after allegedly making antisemitic comments in a sports club during Israel’s incursion into Gaza, was given police bail this week. He has been suspended by the Foreign Office.

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Fitness trainer charged

March 26, 2009

An Israeli fitness instructor has been charged with making indecent images of children. Amir Gilboa, 36, was due to appear before magistrates yesterday [Thursday] and faces 14 charges of making pornographic images.

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Faith week is launched

March 26, 2009

England’s first “Inter Faith Week” will begin on November 15, Communities Secretary Hazel Blears has announced. The initiative will aim to increase awareness of different faith communities and their contribution.

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Artist wins top design gong

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2009

British artist Benjamin Shine has won a highly prestigious Red Dot design award for a children’s activity toy he has created.

Cordz, which is already on sale in the UK and the US, allows children to create pictures and doodles by sticking coloured lengths of cord on to a reusable board.

The Red Dot competition is the world’s largest and most distinguished design contest. There were 3,231 entries from 49 countries in the category in which Cordz was judged.

London-born Mr Shine, 31, said he was “blown away” by the award.

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British Library loses Ramban document

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2009

A 454-year-old edition of a book written by the 12th-century scholar, philosopher and rabbi, Moses ben Maimon — better known as Maimonides or the Rambam — is among 9,000 items missing from the British Library.

A library spokesman said the book, Letter on Astrology, is unlikely to have been stolen. Instead, it is thought to be missing somewhere in the 650km of storage shelves within the central London library. The library, which was formerly housed in the British Museum, moved to its new St Pancras base in 1998. The manuscript’s loss is believed to predate the move.

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Squatters locked me out, then stole my art

By Leon Symons, March 26, 2009

The life of an Israeli artist has been wrecked by a group of Polish squatters who broke into and occupied his home twice, stripping it of his work and possessions.

Ya’akov Boussidan was initially left with bills of hundreds of pounds for telephone calls and utilities, as well as repairs for the damage they caused at his house — once the home of the actress Marie Lloyd — in Lewisham, south London.

While he was trying to regain possession of his home, he fell ill and spent three weeks in hospital.

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