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Outrage at market stall’s Nazi sale

By Candice Krieger, August 8, 2008

An Irish MP has called for an investigation into the selling of Nazi memorabilia at an Irish market.

A stall at Balbriggan Market, in North Co. Dublin, is openly selling a selection of antisemitic DVDs in addition to Nazi uniforms, swastikas and ashtrays. Ruairi Quinn, the Labour TD (MP) for Dublin South East, said the material on sale may be in breach of Irish law.

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Academics dismiss view that Irish peace process is model for Mid-East

By Leon Symons, August 8, 2008

Two British academics have dismissed a growing political view that the settlement of Britain's conflict with the IRA could be a model for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Dr John Bew and Dr Martyn Frampton, historians from Peterhouse College, Cambridge, said that "the notion of talking to one's enemies - no matter how intransigent or unreasonable they may seem - has been fetishised by many from across the political spectrum".

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School’s funding fears allayed

By Dana Gloger, August 8, 2008

A row which threatened a £775,000 grant to a strictly Orthodox school may now be speedily resolved.

Beis Chinuch Lebonos, a school for Charedi girls, in Stamford Hill, North London, was awarded the grant by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), in order to build a 72-place workplace nursery. It was intended to cater for employees' children, as well as for people living in the area.

A condition of the grant was that the funding had to be administered locally through the Learning Trust, which oversees education in Hackney.

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School’s funding fears allayed

By Dana Gloger, August 8, 2008

A row which threatened a £775,000 grant to a strictly Orthodox school may now be speedily resolved.

Beis Chinuch Lebonos, a school for Charedi girls, in Stamford Hill, North London, was awarded the grant by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), in order to build a 72-place workplace nursery. It was intended to cater for employees' children, as well as for people living in the area.

A condition of the grant was that the funding had to be administered locally through the Learning Trust, which oversees education in Hackney.

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Patient death

August 8, 2008

A North London surgeon is being investigated by the General Medical Council after one of his operations was alleged to have led to the death of a patient. Gideon Lauffer, who lives in Hendon, was working in Essex when his patient Terrence Harris, 68, died.

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£11.4m bequest

August 8, 2008

A Jewish woman's remarkable legacy to Cromer Hospital is to be used to rebuild it. Sagle Bernstein, who died, aged 82, in May 2000, left £11.4 million in recognition of the hospital treatment of her late sister, Muriel.

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Memo to town hall: yes, we do find a swastika offensive

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2008

A swastika carved into wet cement has been swiftly removed by a council after a Jewish passer-by reported it.

But the man was shocked to be asked by a call centre operator: "What is a swastika?" and "is it offensive?"
The motif had been carved into cement sealing a drain cover outside a newly-renovated house in Frognal, Hampstead, and close to several Jewish homes.

The man, who was not prepared to be identified, rang Camden Council and says he was first asked to explain what a swastika was before being asked how he felt about it.

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Rabbi’s sister survives crash

August 8, 2008

A wedding planner was recovering at home this week after a car accident in Watford.

Debbie Diggle, who is the sister of Rabbi Pete Tobias of the Liberal Synagogue in Elstree, suffered whiplash and severe bruising from the accident, which happened at 10pm on July 25 in Courtlands Drive, on the town's Cassiobury Estate.

Mrs Diggle, 49, who runs a company called Wedding Wonders, was on her way back to Watford after seeing clients in London in her a Toyota Rav4, when the accident happened.

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Tory caught in the act

By James White, August 8, 2008

A Conservative councillor on Harrow Council has been fined for taking part in a sexual act in a public toilet.

On Wednesday Robert Benson admitted the offence, which took place in a Harrow Council public convenience, and was fined £205 and ordered to pay costs.

Mr Benson, 41, who is due to marry in Stanmore Synagogue next month, was arrested after police community support officers discovered two men in a cubicle.

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Sacks, the TV star and the 'Kabbalah' meeting

By Leon Symons, August 8, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks has unwittingly become part of an embarrassing wrangle involving the controversial Kabbalah Centre, its offshoot Spirituality For Kids (SFK) and Esther Rantzen.  Sir Jonathan met the Childline founder while filming his Rosh Hashanah broadcast for the BBC. The theme was families and family values.

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