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No Purim whisky for Yeshivah boys

By Simon Rocker, March 17, 2011

The Gateshead Rav, Rabbi Shraga Faivel Zimmerman, has banned yeshivah boys from drinking spirits on Purim.

He said that they only should drink wine in moderation on the festival.

In a public notice, Rabbi Zimmerman said the dangers of alcoholic consumption had been highlighted by life-threatening incidents in recent years.

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Duggan mother to sue Germany over son's death

By Robyn Rosen, March 17, 2011

A mother is taking Germany to the Court of Human Rights accusing it of failing properly to investigate the mysterious death of her son, Jewish student Jeremiah Duggan, exactly eight years ago.

Mr Duggan's body was found beside the road in Wiesbaden on March 27 2003. The German police have consistently ruled it was suicide but a British coroner rejected the verdict.

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Board of Deputies defends descision on two-state solution

By Simon Rocker, March 17, 2011

Vivian Wineman, president of the Board of Deputies, defended its position on Israel in a meeting with critics in London on Wednesday night.

It was attended by 90 of the more than 1,000 signatories of an online petition calling on the Board to declare explicit support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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The strictly Orthodox soldiers

By Simon Rocker, March 17, 2011

Rabbi Tzvi Klebanow, a former computer design engineer from Boston, might seem like any emissary who comes to the UK to raise funds for Orthodox causes. But his is unique: he is director of an organisation which provides spiritual and educational support to Nachal Charedi, the Israeli army's battalion of strictly Orthodox soldiers.

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Israel gets set for 2012 Games

By Jessica Elgot, March 17, 2011

If you want to see the best Israeli athletes in action at the London 2012 Games, judo, gymnastics, shooting and watersports are the ones to watch, according the country's Olympic committee.

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BBC producer says Assange 'ridiculous' over 'Zionist wife' claims

March 17, 2011

A BBC producer accused by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange of trying to influence his extradition hearing because he had a "Zionist wife" has said the claim was "absolutely ridiculous".

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More universities quizzed over Middle East funds

By Martin Bright, March 17, 2011

Further details emerged this week about the funding of British universities from authoritarian regimes in the Middle East.

As the JC reported last week, 100 of Britain's top universities have now come under increased scrutiny as a result of Freedom of Information requests, early day motions and parliamentary questions from the Harlow MP Robert Halfon.

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Interview: Liberty's Shami Chakrabarti

By Martin Bright, March 17, 2011

I had been talking to Shami Chakrabarti, the telegenic director of Liberty about her organisation's predecessor, the National Council for Civil Liberties, and the work it had done for Jews attacked by neo-Fascists immediately after the war, when she suddenly turned the conversation to contemporary antisemitism.

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Online advance for Israel advocacy event

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

A website has been launched to allow supporters to register for Britain's largest-ever Israel advocacy conference.

The Bicom-organised event, Winning Britain back for Israel, takes place in London on May 15 and encourages friends of Israel to combat the growth of anti-Israel activity in the UK.

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Tribute to the Irish Scarlet Pimpernel

By Robyn Rosen, March 17, 2011

An Irish priest known as the Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican has been commemorated in a play about his mission to save 6,500 prisoners of war and Jews during the Second World War.

Hugh O'Flaherty hid Jewish families in safe houses, convents and other religious houses around Rome during the war.

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