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Fears over sex lessons for pupils aged five

By Leon Symons, October 30, 2008

Anglo-Jewish educationalists have given a cautious greeting to a government announcement that it wants to introduce compulsory lessons for children aged five to 16 on subjects such as sex and drugs.

The lessons would be brought in under the umbrella of personal, social and health education (PSHE) and will be compulsory from September 2010.

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Knife attacker convicted

October 30, 2008

An unemployed man faces jail after he was convicted of stabbing a Hatzola medical volunteer.

Mohamed Jama Ahmed, 37, of North Circular Road, London, was found guilty at Wood Green Crown Court of two charges of grievous bodily harm with intent and one of stealing a car. He will be sentenced on November 27.

Charedi emergency service volunteer Zvi Hammond, 43, was sitting in his car at the time of the attack, in Golders Green on April 25.

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Family attacked while taking a Succot stroll

By Candice Krieger, October 30, 2008

A father-of-two was punched repeatedly in the face while walking with his family in Salford, Lancs, on the first night of Succot.

The man, aged 22, who has asked not to be identified, was walking with his four-year-old niece and his wife, who was pushing their two children, aged seven months and 16 months, in a pushchair shortly before midnight on October 13.

He was approached by two men who demanded he hand over cash and his mobile phone.

When he told them he did not have anything, he says he was attacked by one of them.

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Millionaire is bailed in ‘fraud’ probe

By Marcus Dysch, October 30, 2008

A property entrepreneur has been bailed after he was arrested in connection with an investigation into alleged fraud and money-laundering.

Leeds-based Simon Morris was questioned by officers on Wednesday last week about a land deal involving a business contact in the city.

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Palestinian calls for Palestine boycott

By Marcus Dysch, October 30, 2008

A campaign group has launched a boycott with a difference this week - calling on British shoppers to stop buying goods produced in the West Bank and Gaza.

Boycott of Palestinian Goods and Services (BPGS) is also asking traders to stop importing olive oil, figs, dates, soap and flowers from Palestinian sources.

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Jewish judge ‘not biased’ in Arab asylum-seeker ruling

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 30, 2008

The Law Lords have upheld the decision of a Jewish judge to refuse asylum to a Palestinian woman, denying the claim that the judge's membership of a Jewish jurists' organisation prejudiced her ability to hear the case.

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Ban on foreign hate preachers welcomed

By Leon Symons, October 30, 2008

Tough new laws announced this week to stop foreign extremist preachers who spread racist and religious hatred from entering Britain have been welcomed by the Community Security Trust.

Among the measures announced by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith will be a quarterly "name and shame" list given to Parliament of those excluded. The list will also be shared with other countries.

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Dentist is struck off

October 30, 2008

Trevor Mann, former chairman of the British Dental Association, has been struck off for fraudulently claiming £51,000 expenses from the association.

Mr Mann, a non-practising dentist, is a member of Kingston and Surbiton District Synagogue.

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priest’s shoah award

October 30, 2008

An Irish priest who saved 6,500 Jews during the Holocaust will be recognised with a new posthumous humanitarian award.

Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, described as "Ireland's Oskar Schindler", hid Jews in a network of safe houses and monasteries across Rome.

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Jewellers robbed: 2 charged

October 30, 2008

Two men have been charged with robbery following an attack on a jewellery store run by two Jewish brothers, David and Richard Share.

A gang entered Share jewellers in Leeds on Tuesday last week after smashing a window and climbing into the main customer showroom.

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