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Former MP denied expenses appeal

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

The former Labour MP for Leyton and Wanstead, Harry Cohen, has lost his appeal to keep the £65,000 “golden goodbye” he received when he left Parliament.

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Four to join new human rights commission

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

Four leading Jewish human rights experts have been appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to investigate a potential UK Bill of Rights.

Nearly half of all the members of the newly formed independent commission are Jewish.

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Hague meets Barak in London

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak has met Foreign Minister William Hague in London to discuss an “urgent return to negotiations.”

Speaking after the meeting last night, Mr Hague said: “I had a constructive wide-ranging meeting with Defence Minister Barak. I underlined that the UK unreservedly condemns the murder of the family in Itamar on March 11.”

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Timothy Spall's legal aid for film director

March 18, 2011

An up and coming British film director who describes himself as the only shomer Shabbat moviemaker in the UK is due to show his first cinema production in the north west.

Yoav Factor, who received a BAFTA nomination for a short film in 2002, will screen Reuniting the Rubins at the Bradford International Film Festival next week.

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MPs tell of racism during elections

March 18, 2011

Liverpool MP Luciana Berger has called for a code of conduct to stamp out racism during elections.

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Holocaust jewels get a TV showing

March 18, 2011

A young Israeli is urging Manchester's Jews to tell the stories of their family heirlooms after the BBC discovered the tale of her grandmother's buried treasure.

The Antiques Roadshow, which will be filming at Manchester Town Hall on April 4, captured the story of buried jewellery belonging to Tel Avivian Nilly Kalmar.

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Israeli students take battle bus to war on campuses

By Marcus Dysch, March 18, 2011

The largest pro-active pro-Israel campus campaign in years has been launched by a group of young Israelis and the Union of Jewish Students.

A group of 25 Israeli students will spend the next week touring British universities on a "battle bus" after volunteering to lead the fight against anti-Israel activity at student unions.

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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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