UK news

Libyan exile plan for UK's frozen assets

By Simon Rocker, March 10, 2011

Aldo Habib has not seen the country of his birth since 1967, when his family left Libya in the aftermath of the Six-Day War.

But now he thinks that the British government should consider using some of the £1 billion of frozen assets belonging to the Gaddafi family in this country to compensate Libyan Jews for what they lost.

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Faith is good for business

By Simon Rocker, March 10, 2011

Businesses could benefit by taking more account of the religious needs of their workers, according to a new paper by the Institute of Business Ethics.

It says that sensitivity to the religious practices and ethos of the workforce can improve morale and lead to higher retention of staff.

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Guardian stands by 'antisemitic' Caryl Churchill play

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2011

The Guardian has said it will not remove a recording of the controversial play Seven Jewish Children from its website, despite renewed criticism that the piece echoes the blood libel.

Caryl Churchill's script, written after the Gaza conflict in January 2009, was denounced by many as antisemitic.

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One in four Jewish women suffer abuse in the home

By Robyn Rosen, March 10, 2011

One in four Jewish women are victims of domestic abuse, according to the largest survey of its kind.

The Jewish Women's Aid study, You know a Jewish woman suffering from domestic abuse: Domestic abuse and the British Jewish community, found that 26 per cent of the 842 people surveyed had personally experienced domestic abuse.

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Hayek to resist JLC's fees claim

By Simon Rocker, March 10, 2011

JNF UK has hit back over claims that it left the Jewish Leadership Council last week owing thousands of pounds in subscription.

JLC chairman Vivian Wineman had accused the charity of owing more than £10,000 in membership fees, plus another £15,000 which it had failed to contribute to the community's anti-boycott campaign.

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Comic Relief suits appeal

March 10, 2011

Photographer Richard Cannon has embarked on a unique project for Comic Relief.

Mr Cannon, who has photos on show in the National Portrait Gallery, persuaded the menswear designer Oswald Boateng to donate a white suit.

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Neighbour 'poisoned my hedge'

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2011

A decade-long dispute between two neighbours moved from their gardens to a courtroom this week amid allegations that one man poisoned the other's hedge during a middle-of-the-night attack.

The families, both Jewish, are said to have repeatedly clashed over parking, rubbish and boundary disputes at their homes.

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Shoppers urged to beat Israel boycotters

By Jessica Elgot, March 10, 2011

The UK chairman of Stand With Us has called for British supporters of Israel to take part in Buy Israeli Goods Day on March 30, to combat a day of action called internationally by anti-Israeli boycotters.

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How a synagogue leader helped gangs stash millions

By Robyn Rosen, March 10, 2011

A businessman who ran a corrupt safe deposit company which had millions of pounds worth of criminal assets seized has been jailed for four and a half years.

Milton Woolf, former chairman of the rabbinic search committee at New London Synagogue, charged criminals up to £70,000 to stash their loot in deposit boxes "with no questions asked".

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Meet our man in the Dail

March 10, 2011

Lawyer Alan Shatter, Ireland's only Jewish member of parliament, has become Minister of Justice, Equality and Defence in the country's new government.

The new prime minister, Enda Kenny, has appointed Mr Shatter in his coalition of the centre-right Fine Gael and the Irish Labour Party. Mr Shatter is MP for Dublin South, where most of Dublin's Jewish community live.

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