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Agent denies Irving claims

By Rachel Fletcher, May 2, 2008

The literary agent handling the memoirs of Holocaust survivor Sam Pivnik has rejected claims made about him by Shoah-denier David Irving.

Following a JC report about Mr Pivnik’s memoirs, which are to be published to refute deniers, Irving used his website to attack agent Andrew Lownie.

He also reproduced the JC report and claimed that the Sunday Times failed to pay him a £75,000 fee for excerpts from the Goebbels diaries which he brought back from Moscow in 1992.

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Why this MP thinks Israel 'needs Kassam attacks'

By Dana Gloger, May 2, 2008

An MP who last month came under Kassam rocket fire has said he believes the Israeli government needs such attacks on its citizens in order to justify its “ruthless” retaliation on Palestinian territories.

Tom Levitt, Labour MP for High Peak, was on a fact-finding mission to Israel and the Palestinian territories, organised by Caabu, the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding, when a rocket landed around 50 metres away from him and three other MPs.

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London’s Arab media ‘give a distorted view’

By Rachel Fletcher, May 2, 2008

Arab journalists in London have been criticised by a leading Israeli Arab activist for giving a distorted view of Israel.

Wafa Fahoum, who runs Israel’s oldest co-existence project, Bet Hagefen, spoke out after meeting the Muslim and Arab media in the capital last week.

She said: “One woman said, as though there were no debate, that there is apartheid in Israel. I was surprised. I told her that there was a big difference between fighting for equality and shared citizenship and apartheid. I want my rights, but it’s not apartheid.

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Barbican defends photo exhibition

By Rachel Fletcher, May 2, 2008

The Barbican arts centre in London has defended a pro-Palestinian photographic exhibition marking the 60th anniversary of the “Nakba”.

Referring to the Arabic word meaning catastrophe, which describes the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, the exhibition Homeland Lost displays 18 photographs of Palestinian people and scenes and refers to Israel’s “collective punishment”, Deir Yassin and al-Tantura “massacres” and “forced dispossession of over half of the indigenous Palestinian Arab people”.

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Cocaine case man for trial

May 2, 2008

A charedi man will face trial for supplying cocaine, after he was committed to the crown court on Monday by Haringey magistrates. Nuchum Twersky, 30, from Stamford Hill, North London, is due to appear at Wood Green Crown Court in June. He was charged last month.

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Parisian 'may be in London'

May 2, 2008

A missing Orthodox Frenchman may be in Britain after disappearing from Paris. Patrick, or Pinchos, Zini, vanished two days before Pesach and is thought to be in London. He is 37 years old and single. He is 5’10” tall, with light hair and a light complexion.

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New post for researcher

May 2, 2008

Francois Guesnet, research fellow in Russian-Jewish history at the Oxford Centre, is leaving to join University College London’s department of Hebrew and Jewish studies as the Elizabeth and Sidney Corob lecturer in modern Jewish history.

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Hoffman honorary degree

May 2, 2008

Writer Eva Hoffman will receive an honorary degree from Warwick University in July. The Krakow-born academic, whose parents survived the Holocaust hiding in Ukraine, is professor of literature and creative writing and an ex-New York Times writer and editor.

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Farewell to a mohel

May 2, 2008

Manchester’s Rev Chaim Jacob Heilpern, who has died aged 94, was a mohel, renowned for his willingness to circumcise Jewish children of non-Jewish fathers. He often did not charge for his services, and circumcised babies in wartime camps on the Isle of Man.

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MPs clash over cash for Auschwitz school trips

By Leon Symons, May 2, 2008

Labour MPs in Scotland have launched a scathing attack on rival parties over funding for visits to Auschwitz by secondary-school pupils.

The SNP and the Tories joined forces to push through a decision in the Scottish Parliament that schools should decide for themselves how to spend £150,000 given to Scotland by Westminster — and that there was no requirement for the money to be spent on the Auschwitz visits.

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