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BBC cleared in wedding-snaps row

By Simon Rocker, May 2, 2008

Ofcom, the broadcasting watchdog, has rejected a complaint of unfairness made against the BBC by a pair of Salford wedding photographers. Hilary and Gary Segal had protested about stories featuring dissatisfied customers on the local news programme North West Tonight shown on April 3 and 11 last year. A number of brides had complained that they had not received the album of wedding photographs they had ordered from the Segals, owners of the Segal Studio and Memories in the Making. Some of the clients had received only prints and negatives, while others had got nothing at all.

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American to lead Oxford Centre

By Simon Rocker, May 2, 2008

An academic who has written books on Kabbalah and Jewish belief is to be the first American head of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.

David Ariel, 58, the acting president of Baltimore Hebrew University, will succeed Peter Oppenheimer in October. He retires after eight years as president of the centre.

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Holocaust denier is BNP special guest

By Dana Gloger, May 2, 2008

A convicted Holocaust denier was one of the guests invited to speak at a British National Party meeting this week about how the party could make further progress in Europe.

Bruno Gollnisch, a French MEP and vice-president of the far-right National Front party, spoke at the Rembrandt Hotel in Knightsbridge, Central London.

The meeting came three days before Britain was due to vote in local elections. He appeared with Austrian MEP Andreas Mölzer, expelled from the country’s Freedom Party for being too extreme, and Georg Mayer, an Austrian Freedom Party officer.

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Beware the millions in your inbox

By Rachel Fletcher, May 2, 2008

An email hoaxer is targeting victims by claiming to be distributing millions of pounds left by a London Jewish philanthropist.

Recipients of the email, which is sent from “Barrister Sandy Carrington Law Firm”, are told they have been left £9 million from businessman Maurice Wohl’s estate. They are asked to provide details such as their address and occupation.

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Bomber drops in

By Rachel Fletcher, May 2, 2008

An apology by a former German bomber pilot has been welcomed by Jewish war veterans and others.

Willi Schludecker, 87, returned to Bath last week to apologise for three raids on the city in April 1942, in which he had taken part.

Mr Schludecker, one of the Luftwaffe’s most decorated pilots, dropped nearly 4,000kg of bombs on the city.

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Tube shekel scammer is finally jailed

May 2, 2008

British Transport Police this week paid tribute to JC readers who helped catch the so-called Tube shekel scammer.

Israel Aharonovitz, 58, of Seven Sisters Road, Hackney, was jailed for a year at the beginning of Pesach for three counts of fraud by false representation after he obtained a total of £368 from Orthodox Jewish passengers, which he said was to pay for the treatment of a sick relative at home in Israel.

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Man charged over racist emails

May 2, 2008

A 52-year-old man has been charged with a communications offence in connection with a spate of allegedly racist and antisemitic emails sent to politicians and journalists, including the JC, which received 54 separate communications.

Maher Khammash was due to appear before Uxbridge magistrates yesterday (1st May) morning.

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Hatzolah man stabbed

By Dana Gloger, May 2, 2008

A volunteer for Hatzolah, the Charedi volunteer rescue and emergency service, was stabbed in his car in North West London last week.

Zvi Hammond was still in hospital at the time of going to press, but his wife Tamara said his recovery was “going in the right direction, but I don’t know yet when he will be out of hospital”.

She explained: “He was not on duty at the time it happened, he had just been to the shops for me. It’s been quite a shock, as it would be for anyone.”

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Diamond dealers shine as property slumps for this year’s Rich Listers

By Rachel Fletcher, May 2, 2008

Dazzling earnings among Jews in the jewellery trade is highlighted in the new Sunday Times Rich List.

In a list of the wealthiest jewellers published alongside the overall Rich List, five of the top 10 are Jewish. Nicky Oppenheimer, Lev Leviev, Laurence Graff and Benny Steinmetz are the top four, with Danny Fiszman at number seven. Mr Oppenheimer and Mr Leviev, new entries this year, are respectively estimated to be worth £2,870 million and £2,500 million.

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Sex trafficker arrested

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 2, 2008

A 58-year-old Israeli living in Manchester was arrested on Monday at Ben Gurion airport on suspicion of trafficking humans to Britain.

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