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Birth figures reveal strength of the family

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2008

More British Jews are being born than are dying each year, according to the latest survey by the Board of Deputies published this week.

And the number of divorces sanctioned by Orthodox or Reform rabbinic authorities dropped to the lowest on record for nearly 20 years.

The number of Jewish deaths last year also dropped - below 3,000 for the first time since the Board began compiling records in the 1960s.

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Customers flee as grocers row in street

By Marcus Dysch, November 6, 2008

Customers fled from a kosher store after angry grocers clashed over the price of fruit and vegetables.

Staff from two shops brought traffic to a standstill as the row spilled out on to the pavement in Hendon, North West London.

The feud began after Veg Express opened a store three doors along from Brent Cross Food & Wine in Brent Street.

Veg Express manager Yossi Yeshaiav claims he was threatened during the incident, which was broken up by police.

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Masked men rob driver of his BMW

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 6, 2008

A man has been left shaken after masked thieves stole his black BMW from outside his home.

The 57-year-old victim, who does not want to be named, said three men dressed in dark clothes and balaclavas demanded his car keys when he left the vehicle to open the garage in Park Lane, Whitefield, Manchester. The assailants then drove off at high speed.

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Duggan family wins hearing

By Craig Silver, November 6, 2008

The family of Jeremiah Duggan won a preliminary hearing this week at the High Court which could lead to a second inquest into the 22-year old's death.

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Hague talks tough on Iran

November 6, 2008

The Shadow Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has made a call for renewed pressure on Hamas and Hizbollah, and a united world strategy on Iran.

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Airport took away my ‘grenade’

By Candice Krieger, November 6, 2008

A London artist was mistaken for a terrorist as he tried to take a clay "grenade" through Heathrow Airport.

It was part of a three-part piece created by David Breuer-Weil as a commission for the Art Jerusalem fair, held at the former Mandate prison in Jerusalem.

Mr Breuer-Weil, 42, was on his way to Israel with his wife and three children last month when he was stopped by security officials at Heathrow. They confiscated the artwork, which he was hoping to sell for $250,000.

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Peres to address MPs in historic visit

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 5, 2008

All the stops will be out to honour Israeli President Shimon Peres when he visits Britain for the first time since becoming president, on November 17. In addition to an as yet unannounced honorary title from the queen, he will be receiving also an honorary doctorate from King's College in London.

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Car crime plagues Jewish areas in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 4, 2008

Car crime is plaguing Jewish areas in north Manchester. A Whitefield man has been left shaken after masked thieves stole his black BMW from outside his home.

The 57-year-old victim, who does not want to be named, was left unharmed after three men dressed in dark clothes and balaclavas demanded his car keys when he left the vehicle to open the garage on Park Lane. The assailants then sped off at high speed.

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Antisemitic graffiti in Wales

By Leon Symons, October 30, 2008

Vandals daubed antisemitic symbols and references to the British National Party and Muslims around the promenade and a children's attraction in Rhyl in North Wales last week.

North Wales police have started an investigation and have been examining CCTV footage of the area.

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Muslim sisters accuse firm of religious discrimination

By Marcus Dysch, October 30, 2008

Two Muslim sisters have accused a broking firm of religious discrimination after they were allegedly banned from working with Jewish clients.

Their claim is one of more than 200 due to be heard at an employment tribunal against City of London firm Tradition Securities and Futures.

One of the women said a bank client was allocated to her Jewish co-worker because they "had in common both language and race".

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