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JLC needs young voices, says Levy

By Leon Symons, December 17, 2008

Lord Levy has called for new young community leaders to be brought on to the Jewish Leadership Council.

Lord Levy, who is president of Jewish Care and JFS School, made his plea as he stepped down after three years on the JLC’s executive. He is a founder of the organisation and remains a member of the main board.
Property company owner Leo Noé, at the heart of the property world’s biggest takeover this year, has been voted on to the executive.


Four to fight ‘Yom Kippur’ council seat

By Marcus Dysch, December 16, 2008

Four Jewish candidates are standing for election to a council which held a poll on Yom Kippur.

The four, together with a fifth candidate who is not Jewish, will compete for a seat on London's Haringey Council, following the death of Seven Sisters ward incumbent Fred Knight in November.

The ward is to the north of Stamford Hill and is home to a large number of strictly Orthodox residents.

In October the authority caused outrage among Jewish voters after scheduling a by-election in Alexandra ward on the holiest day of the year.


Arrest in JFS bus route row

December 11, 2008

A teenager has been arrested in connection with an antisemitic attack on Jewish pupils travelling on a popular bus route.

The 16-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was detained by officers on Wednesday and appeared at Hendon Magistrates’ Court, North-West London, on Friday.

He denied charges of racially aggravated harassment and common assault, and admitted one charge of malicious communication with police officers. He was released on bail and will face trial on January 28.


Bagel boss caught on camera chewing over price-fixing deal

By Marcus Dysch, December 11, 2008

Britain’s two biggest bagel companies are at war after the boss of one was secretly filmed at a kosher restaurant allegedly suggesting a price-fixing arrangement.

Peter Maycock, of New York Bagel Company, was clandestinely filmed by Paul Kahalani at Met Su Yan in Golders Green as they discussed a possible buyout of Mr Kahalani’s firm, The Bagel Group. The companies supply almost all of the 200 million bagels sold in UK supermarkets annually, with New York Bagel accounting for 90 per cent of the market.


Row over ‘pointless’ Olmert UK visit

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 11, 2008

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s one-day visit to the UK next week has been dismissed by officials in his own government as “pointless” and an “embarrassing waste of national resources”.

Despite the Israeli PM being officially invited to London by Gordon Brown, Israeli officials have told the JC that Mr Olmert was “angling” for an invitation and that there was no urgent matter that warranted a face-to-face meeting between the two leaders.


Boycott is now over say Oxford academics

December 11, 2008

Two Oxford academics who have mounted a legal challenge the University and College Union (UCU), said this week that the union had dropped its proposed boycott of Israeli academics.

But in a statement, the union said “There was never a boycott motion passed at its Congress”. Its general secretary, Sally Hunt, insisted: “We have passed a motion to provide solidarity with the Palestinians, not to boycott Israel or any other country’s academic institutions.” Implementation of the motion “within the law”, she said, “will now fall to the national executive committee (NEC)”.


Queen at Norwood Centre

December 11, 2008

The Pamela Barnett Centre, a new home for adults with profound and multiple disabilities at Norwood’s Ravenswood Village in Berkshire, was due to be opened by the Queen, who is patron of the leading Anglo-Jewish children and family charity, yesterday (Thursday) afternoon.

The Queen was to unveil a plaque in the new building and meet some of the children and adults with disabilities who use Norwood’s services.


Prosor slams carols

December 11, 2008

Ron Prosor, Israeli Ambassador to Britain, has called a carol concert hosted by a central London church “antisemitic”.

Last month’s service at St James’s, Piccadilly, was organised by Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (JBIG) and featured re-written Christmas songs with anti-Israeli lyrics.

Mr Prosor said he was “appalled” that the church had been “hijacked by hatred” and that the event had undermined Christian-Jewish relations.


Trekkers raise £100k

December 11, 2008

Sixty British walkers have returned from a 120km, five-day Negev trek in which they raised over £100,000 for a charity which runs projects across Israel.

The project director of the charity, One to One, which assists disadvantaged and deprived children, said: “Without the generosity of so many new and seasoned trekkers, we would not be able to continue the work with our children that is so close to my heart.”


Director clashes with Board over ‘censorship’ of Irving film

By Leon Symons, December 11, 2008

Award-winning film-maker Rex Bloomstein has become embroiled in a censorship row with the Board of Deputies over a television documentary featuring convicted Holocaust denier David Irving.

Mr Bloomstein, 66, made the film, An Independent Mind, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It was shown on the Channel 4 digital subsidiary More4 on Tuesday night.