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Bidders to go head-to-head for Bacchus and his lover

April 18, 2008

This double-headed Roman sculpture of Bacchus and his lover Ariadne dates from the 2nd or 3rd century CE.

It was found in a Jerusalem antiques shop opposite the King David Hotel by a young British army officer, Somerset de Chair, in 1941.

He paid a deposit for the bust and gave his executors 18 months to pay the balance and collect it if he did not return from the battlefield. It was finally shipped home to Chilham Castle in Kent as “Wounded Officer’s Kit”, and then went to the family home in St Osyth’s Priory in Colchester.


Schools fight back on admissions

By Leon Symons, April 18, 2008

Jewish schools tell the government that clamping down on entry codes could threaten their basic values

Jewish schools have told the government that the tighter controls it has applied to admissions codes could threaten their ethos.

They also called for the scrapping of the law that forces them to accept non-Jewish pupils if they cannot fill all their places with Jewish children.


Miliband to host Palestinian aid meeting in London

By Leon Symons, April 18, 2008

Foreign secretary David Miliband is likely to use a London meeting next month of the ad hoc liaison committee for the co-ordination of international aid to Palestinians to put pressure on Israel to ease the blockade of Gaza.

But the Palestinian Authority will also feel the heat over Hamas’s continued rocket attacks on Sderot and elsewhere, which have contributed to Israel’s tough stance on Gaza.


Emmerdale star's Auschwitz agony

By Rachel Fletcher, April 18, 2008

A Jewish actress’s discovery of her family’s Holocaust experiences and journey to Auschwitz will be broadcast this Sunday on BBC1.

Georgia Slowe, who plays Perdy Hyde-Sinclair in Emmerdale, visited the camp with 150 sixth-formers as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s
Lessons from Auschwitz programme.


ZF under fire for ‘plugging’ Boris event

By Simon Rocker, April 18, 2008

The hotly contested election for mayor of London this week sparked accusations of inappropriate attempts to canvass Jewish votes.

The Jewish Labour Movement has complained to the Zionist Federation for sending out an email circular which publicised Conservative challenger Boris Johnson’s visit to North-West London last Sunday.

In another incident on the same day, Nicky Gavron, the Labour deputy mayor, drew protests for plugging Ken Livingstone’s bid for re-election at a Holocaust play in the West End.


With bagels and kippah, Boris goes native in NW11

By Bernard Josephs, April 18, 2008

The belief that a successful politician requires a cast-iron stomach was given credence by London mayoral candidate Boris Johnson as he battled to win Jewish votes in North-West London on Sunday.

Appearing just a touch queasy, the Tory challenger to Ken Livingstone told an adoring crowd that he had “never eaten so much salt beef and so many bagels in my life”.

It seemed that food, rather than politics, was the main item on the menu as Mr Johnson’s bagel-laden battlebus progressed from kosher restaurant to kosher restaurant in the Jewish heartland of North-West London.


Charedim, mums and action men join the Jews running for office

By Dana Gloger, April 18, 2008

Jewish candidates: Seven

Sam Cohen
First elected in 1983, the Conservative councillor for Unsworth is hoping to be re-elected this year. A member of Bury Hebrew Congregation, the former handbag distributor is currently chair of the council’s planning control committee.

Jonathan Grosskopf
Born and bred in Sedgley, the Conservative councillor is hoping to hold on to his seat in the ward. “My nickname is ‘Action Man’ because I’m a man of the people, and I help people with their causes against the council,” Mr Grosskopf said.


Germany seeks to bring wartime killer to justice

By Leon Symons, April 18, 2008

A dogged German prosecutor has charged an 86-year-old man with three wartime murders of which he was originally convicted almost 60 years ago.

Dortmund prosecutor Ulrich Maass told a news agency that he has charged Heinrich Boere with the murders in 1944 of three Dutch civilians when Boere was a member of a death squad code-named Silbertanne (Silver Pine).

Boere was convicted of the same murders in 1949 in the Netherlands. A death sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment but he has managed to stay out of prison ever since.


Challenge to renewed boycott bid

By Leon Symons, April 18, 2008

The University and College Union’s attempt to launch a new academic boycott of Israel could be scuppered by legal challenges from the anti-boycott movement.

The leaders of the Stop The Boycott campaign have confirmed that they will instruct lawyers to examine the legality of a motion to be put to the UCU’s annual conference next month.

Last year’s motion was halted by the union itself, but only after it had been warned by its own lawyers that it would have been illegal to proceed. The union has refused repeated requests to make public the advice it was given.


Police planning ‘no action’ against one Labour donor

By Dana Gloger, April 18, 2008

Police investigating donations to the Labour Party confirmed to the JC this week that they have ruled out taking further action on allegations against one unnamed donor.

In November last year, police were called to look into funds received by the party.

The police have confirmed that the investigation is continuing. They would not reveal the name of the individual against whom no further action would be taken. Nor would they reveal how many people had been spoken to, although they reported that no one had so far been arrested in connection with the inquiry.