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Duncan Smith: children must see Auschwitz

By Leon Symons, September 7, 2010

A trip to Auschwitz earlier this year led the Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith to present an award to a Holocaust survivor.

Mr Duncan Smith presented one of two certificates to 93-year-old Lithuanian Josef Levinson, who has single-handedly identified and organised memorials for more than 200 mass graves and cemeteries of Jews in the Baltic country over the past 30 years.

In May, Mr Duncan Smith joined a Holocaust Educational Trust one-day trip to the former death camp.

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BA crew: I was fired after pro-Nazi row

By Marcus Dysch, September 7, 2010

An air steward has spoken of his anger after being sacked by British Airways after an incident in which a colleague allegedly shouted antisemitic abuse and glorified the Nazis.

Jean-Paul Van der Velde, whose father survived two concentration camps, was dismissed for misconduct after the row with the fellow crew member in a New York bar. He had worked for BA for 23 years.

He said airline staff had been enjoying a drink during a stopover, but tempers frayed when his colleague became "drunk and aggressive".

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New media for the Jewish new year

By Simon Rocker, September 7, 2010

It's called 10Q - and it's a novel way of getting into the High Holy Day mood.

Standing for "Ten Questions", it is the initiative of a group of young Americans trying to adapt Jewish ideas for the digital generation.

All you have to do, explains Adam Clyne, from Manchester - who is helping to promote the project in the UK - is to register on a website before Rosh Hashanah.

Over the Ten Days of Repentance, you will be emailed a question each day. "Some will ask you about what you achieved over the past year, some about your hopes for the coming year," Mr Clyne explained.

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Girl denied faith school place treks 60 miles

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 7, 2010

The family of Kayleigh Chapple, the Liverpool girl who was denied a place at a Jewish school under the new admissions rules, has decided not to apply for a judicial review. But legal action may still be taken against King David High School Liverpool, which denied her a place.

Eleven-year-old Kayleigh, from Liverpool, began her year at King David in Manchester last week after the school accepted her under its admissions policy. She was the first known halachically Jewish child to fall victim to the JFS Supreme Court ruling and be denied a place in a Jewish school.

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Jewish charities should fear new equality law

By Simon Rocker, September 7, 2010

The new Equality Act, which comes into force next month, could expose Jewish charities to a higher risk of discrimination claims, the Jewish Leadership Council has warned.

A paper circulated by the JLC says that the new act could have "unexpected consequences" on community life.

Last year courts applied race relations law in order to prevent Jewish schools from choosing pupils on the basis of their parentage. The use of an established law to challenge Jewish school admissions had been unforeseen by communal authorities.

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Israeli at boycott conference: 'it's legitimate'

By Simon Rocker, September 7, 2010

Antony Lerman, the former director of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, has defended his decision to a speak at an event organised by Jews in favour of boycotting Israel.

He said his appearance at the Jews and Palestine conference held by Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (JBig) in London on Saturday did not indicate support for their views.

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New year treats for Jewish soldiers

By Marcus Dysch, September 7, 2010

Packs of kosher provisions have been delivered to British Jewish troops serving in the armed forces to help them celebrate Rosh Hashanah.

The parcels include dried fruit and honey, powdered chicken soup, toffees and toiletries, and have been sent to locations including Afghanistan and the Falklands.

The Jewish Committee for HM Forces has also reissued the Soldiers' Siddur, for the first time since 1941.

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Avram Grant out for West Ham Stoke game

By Simon Rocker, September 7, 2010

Avram Grant is unlikely to be on the touchline on Yom Kippur when West Ham play at Stoke.

The manager's team is in trouble. After only three games at the start of the season, West Ham have no points.

Mr Grant, who was in Israel last week, was tight-lipped about his Yom Kippur plans, but it is thought he will not travel to Stoke.

The West Ham boss, although not religious, has always observed Yom Kippur in the past.

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Glasgow pro-Palestinians target Israeli dates

By Leon Symons, September 7, 2010

Dates from Israel are being driven off supermarket and grocery shop shelves in Scotland in a boycott campaign orchestrated by Palestinian supporters.

Scottish Palestinian Solidarity claim that as many as 30 Asian grocery shops in Glasgow alone were persuaded to stop selling Israeli dates to Muslims during the festival of Ramadan, which ends on September 10.

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David Cameron guest at Tory Israel dinner

September 7, 2010

Prime Minister David Cameron is to be the guest of honour at the annual Conservative Friends of Israel dinner in London on December 6.

This may be an opportunity for Mr Cameron to mend fences with the community after he criticised Israel's behaviour during his visit to Turkey in July.

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