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MP Robert Halfon faces Libya libel suit

By Martin Bright, March 24, 2011

The tory MP campaigning for an inquiry into the funding of British universities by authoritarian Middle Eastern regimes has been threatened with a libel action by one of his targets.

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Marks to ask: where are women in Anglo-Jewry?

By Simon Rocker, March 24, 2011

Mitzvah Day founder Laura Marks is to chair a new commission to investigate why there are so few women in leadership roles in Anglo-Jewry.

She will head a panel of nine, to include the only two female members on the 29-strong Jewish Leadership Council: Manchester Jewish Rep Council president Lucille Cohen and Wizo chair Michele Vogel.

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Birmingham embraces EU

March 24, 2011

All speakers invited to appear at the University of Birmingham will, in future, be required to adhere to the EU Monitoring Committee's working definition of antisemitism.

Birmingham Guild of Students passed a motion last week requiring all societies and speakers to work with the EUMC guidelines to ensure incidents on campus do not allow antisemitic language or behaviour.

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No boycott at LSE or Edinburgh Union

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

The president of Edinburgh University Students' Association has confirmed a proposed boycott of Israeli products will not be enforced.

Around 270 students at the university last week voted in favour of a motion which described Israel as an apartheid state and called for a boycott of goods.

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Dialogue worked - threats did not

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

A group of Israeli students are celebrating the "phenomenal" success of their tour of British universities.

The 25 students made up part of the largest pro-active pro-Israel campaign in recent years and travelled to campuses in London, Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham on a "battle bus" to mark Israel Awareness Week.

Individual university Jewish Societies also ran their own events.

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Palestinian children to go on theatre tour

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 24, 2011

Jewish children from Liverpool could meet Palestinian children from the Shatila refugee camp in Lebanon as part of a theatrical project.

Twelve Palestinian schoolchildren are to travel to Liverpool in two weeks as part of a scheme help them out of the "squalor" Palestinians are forced to endure in Lebanon.

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Betty Blue Eyes leaves 'Yid' audience reeling

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2011

Theatregoers were "disgusted" by language used by characters in a new musical, Betty Blue Eyes, produced by Sir Cameron Mackintosh.

Barbara Cramer went to see the musical at the Novello Theatre in London last week with 18 members of her social group.

She said they were shocked to hear the words "Yid" and "Jew boy" used by characters.

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Railway memories honour British Schindler

March 24, 2011

Liverpool Street Station is to host an exhibition to remember the 669 children rescued by Sir Nicholas Winton during the war.

It will open at the end of May and feature photographs of the 2009 train that travelled the original route from Prague to London, with descendants of the rescued children.

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Experts on rights bill

March 24, 2011

Four Jewish human rights experts have been appointed to a newly formed independent commission to investigate a UK Bill of Rights.

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Bribes-case solicitor is ordered to forfeit £90m

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2011

Solicitor Jeffrey Tesler has been ordered to forfeit £90 million and faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty at a US court for helping to bribe Nigerian officials to get £4 billion in building contracts.

Mr Tesler, 63, from Hendon, who has joint Israeli and British nationality, tried to obtain contracts in natural gas facilities on behalf of Texan company Kellogg, Brown and Root.

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