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Trampoline saves teens trapped by fire

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 30, 2010

Three teenagers who leapt from a third-floor window to escape a house fire suffered only minor injuries after breaking their 7m fall with a trampoline.

Fifteen firemen raced to a house in Broughton Park, Salford, in the early hours of last Friday morning, after a neighbour reported that three people were trapped inside. A fire was thought to be raging on the ground level of a terraced town house on the Broughton Green development on Northumberland Street.

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Man sentenced for £6,000 fraud

By Robyn Rosen, July 30, 2010

A Jewish employee at a building material export company in Manchester has been sentenced to six months in prison for fraud.

Dov Hanson's sentence was suspended for 12 months and he was also prohibited from buying or trading in any building materials in the UK for six months after pleading guilty in Manchester Crown Court on Monday.

Hanson, 27, of Prestwich, pleaded guilty to abusing his position as an employee at Sundream Enterprises.

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Cuts hit Jewish Agency aliyah staff

July 30, 2010

There was confusion in Manchester this week about the future of dedicated Jewish Agency emissaries for aliyah.

Next week, the northern Aliyah shaliach (emissary), Alon Aron, based in Manchester, finishes his three-year term. Mr Alon said as far as he was aware, he would be replaced.

But Michael Jankelowitz, the Jewish Agency's spokesman, said there is currently a "worldwide streamlining exercise" to offer smaller communities the services of a shared roving aliyah emissary. He said major cities like London would continue to have their own permanent aliyah shaliach.

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'Anti-Israel' Gaza flotilla forum cancelled

By Marcus Dysch, July 30, 2010

An interfaith forum debating the Gaza flotilla incident has been cancelled after Jewish communities expressed concerns that the event was “totally inappropriate” and would be a vehicle for anti-Israel sentiment.

The Building the Bridge (BtB) initiative in Bristol had been due to assess the flotilla’s impact on religious groups in the city on Monday evening.

But it was cancelled after Jewish community leaders questioned the role of an interfaith organisation in debating the flotilla fallout.

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Attacker shouted 'F*** the Jews' at teen with kippah

By Robyn Rosen, July 30, 2010

A victim of an antisemitic assault has said attacks on young Jews are getting worse.

The 18-year-old former Hasmonean pupil, who did not want to be named, broke his knuckles and had his head slashed after defending a group of Jewish schoolboys.

The victim had been driving through Golders Green, north west London, when he saw three young teenagers from his synagogue surrounded by older youths on bicycles.

He parked his car in Hodford Road, where he was set upon by two of the youths.

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Outrage over church Israeli 'war crimes' show

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 30, 2010

Manchester's Jewish communal leaders have raised serious concerns with the Church of England's senior churchman in the city this week after its principal cathedral hosted an exhibition which its organisers claim is evidence of Israeli war crimes.

Manchester Cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of Manchester, is hosting the Loss of Innocence exhibition, 50 drawings by Palestinian children which include gruesome depictions of Israel's 2009 Gaza operation.

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Hate attacks on rise in Manchester

By Robyn Rosen, July 30, 2010

A rise in antisemitic incidents in Manchester is down to a "shifting, and increasingly visible" Jewish community in north Manchester, according to a new report.

Antisemitic incidents are more than 50 per cent higher in the first six months of this year in Greater Manchester than in the same period in 2008 - and make up almost a third of antisemitic incidents in the UK.

There were 89 antisemitic incidents in Greater Manchester recorded by the Community Security Trust in the first six months of 2010.

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Row over Jacob and Sons church paintings

By Simon Rocker, July 30, 2010

An MP is lobbying the Church of England to prevent the sale of historic paintings linked to the emancipation of Jews in Britain.

For more than 250 years, pictures of Jacob and his Twelve Sons, by the Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbaran, have hung at Auckland Castle, the official residence of the Bishop of Durham.

But Helen Goodman, the Labour MP for Bishop Auckland, is worried about their long-term future.

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Blogger forced out of anti-Israel parliament meeting

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2010

A prominent pro-Israel blogger was forcibly removed from a Westminster meeting at which Israeli Arab Knesset members said the Jewish state “is much worse than the apartheid regime in South Africa.”

Rich Millett described what happened at the event, chaired by Labour's Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn, as “shameful”. He expressed concern that future anti-Israel meetings “will be by guest list only”, meaning such statements will “go unreported”.

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Amnesty calls for further Gaza probe

By Simon Rocker, July 29, 2010

Amnesty International has called for further action to ensure that the perpetrators of alleged war crimes in last year's Gaza conflict are brought to book.

In February, the United Nations set a five-month deadline for Israel and the Palestinians to mount "credible" investigations into the conflict which expired on Monday.

In an official statement, Amnesty said this week: "A year and a half after the conflict in Gaza and southern Israel ended, the victims have yet to obtain justice, truth or full reparations; the perpetrators on both sides have yet to be held to account."

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