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Wanted, Emma's own private band

By Jessica Elgot, June 10, 2011

One of the hottest boy bands of the moment, The Wanted, have just finished a stadium tour including the Hammersmith Apollo and the Cardiff Arena.


Ripper: East End acid murderer driven by Angel lust

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

The case of a Jewish umbrella salesman convicted of murdering a pregnant housewife was revisited this week - 124 years after he was hanged for the crime.

In a heated debate at the Whitechapel Society in Aldgate, just minutes from the site of the murder, a modern-day jury heard the case against Israel Lipski, a near-penniless 22-year-old who had emigrated from Poland in 1885.

On a Tuesday mor


Is Prevent a clear anti-terror map?

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

The government's reworked counter-terrorism strategy has received a cautious welcome from Jewish and anti-extremist groups.

The Prevent strategy review was published this week after months of internal wrangling between government departments over how tough measures against Islamist extremists should be.

Home Secretary Theresa May pledged to tackle the ideology behind terrorism, prevent peopl


MPs face the chop in boundary changes

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 10, 2011

Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger has said she will fight boundary changes which could see her lose her parliamentary seat.


Asylum groups warn Jewish community over London Citizens

By Martin Bright, June 10, 2011

Campaigners working to end the detention of the children of asylum seekers have warned the Jewish community against collaborating with Citizens UK, the controversial "community organisers" currently running a campaign to win over synagogues and Jewish organisations.


Boycott leader defends Fogel killers

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

The councillor behind West Dunbartonshire Council's boycott of Israel has caused fresh controversy this week after suggesting that the murderer of the Fogel family in Itamar was seeking to avenge "Palestinian children slaughtered by the IDF".

Jim Bollan, a Scottish Socialist Party councillor, made the comments in an email to a British pro-Israel activist who had contacted him about the boycott


Friends mourn London teen after tragic death

By Jessica Elgot, June 7, 2011

Friends have praised as "sweet and caring" a London Jewish teenager, Emily Weiss, who died yesterday.

Described by friends as a budding and talented actress, Ms Weiss, 14, was a Year 10 pupil at South Hampstead High School. More than 1000 people joined a Facebook group created in her memory.


Israeli David Grossman wins Wingate Prize for army story

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2011

An Israeli writer has won a £4,000 literary prize for his novel about a mother dealing with having a son in the IDF.

David Grossman was one of six writers of both fiction and non-fiction in the running for Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize, which was presented last night in London.


The Rag Trade star Miriam Karlin dies at 85

By Jennifer Lipman, June 6, 2011

The actress who starred as Golde in the original London production of Fiddler on the Roof has died of cancer at the age of 85.

Miriam Karlin, born Miriam Samuels to Orthodox Jewish parents in Hampstead, went on to appear in films including A Clockwork Orange and The Entertainer, the television series The Rag Trade and a long list of West End plays.


Injunction to stop Salford man repeating fraud

By Jennifer Lipman, June 5, 2011

A British businessman has been fined more than £1 million for a trading scam in which he impersonated other people including the director of a charity in order to boost share prices.

Samuel Kahn, from Salford, plotted to inflate the share price of the company Global Brands Licensing by 3.25 pence between March and April 2010. He then had the profits of the scam delivered to him in cash.