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Peers clash over transplants from pigs

By Candice Krieger, September 12, 2008

Two leading Jewish peers have clashed over plans to breed genetically-modified pigs for human transplants.

Lord Winston, the fertility expert, hopes to start breeding the first of the pigs for transplant in the US or
Singapore.

He believes such a breakthrough could provide a solution to the shortage of transplant organs. But Baroness Deech, former chair of the UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, voiced serious concerns about such plans this week.

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Cadogan Hall ‘sorry’ over nakba advert

By Leon Symons, September 12, 2008

A top London concert venue has apologised for any upset it caused by including a political statement in an advert for a Palestinian concert next month.

The advert appeared in a brochure for the autumn season at Cadogan Hall in Chelsea, south west London.

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They taxed me £60 to clean my parents’ grave

By Dana Gloger, September 12, 2008

London burial societies are charging mourners a tax to have a stonemason clean or repair a gravestone.
Anyone booking a stonemason for renovation or cleaning must not only pay for the service, but an extra levy of £30-£50 per gravestone.

This is a charge which three Orthodox London burial societies - the Western Marble Arch, the United Synagogue and Federation - levy on the stonemason, which is then passed on to the customer.

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Rare Mandate murder poster goes up for sale

By Candice Krieger, September 12, 2008

A collection of rare artefacts of Jewish interest, including documents from the right-wing Irgun militia which operated in Palestine during the British Mandate, will go to auction on September 25.

The papers, now belonging to an Israeli collector, will go under the hammer at Mullock's Auctioneers' next specialist sale in Ludlow, Shropshire. Among them is what is thought to be the only copy of a "Wanted for Murder" poster, demanding the death of the British High Commissioner, Sir Harold MacMichael. This is expected to make around £2,000.

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Embassy quiet over missing Israeli children

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2008

The Israeli Embassy in London has again refused to disclose information about the wellbeing of two Israeli children who entered Britain unaccompanied.

In July, the JC reported on the case of a 12-year-old girl and her nine-year-old brother who were sent to the country alone by their Tel Aviv-based mother. In that and a subsequent report, the embassy would give no information.

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Chabad campus role provokes row

By Dana Gloger, September 12, 2008

Chabad plans to double the number of full-time representatives it has at UK universities have angered the University Jewish Chaplaincy.

"We think it's vital to avoid duplicating resources and are disappointed at the lack of discussion that has taken place over these plans," said University Jewish Chaplaincy chief executive Rabbi Yoni Sherizen.

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Race to get woman a Jewish burial

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2008

The painstaking detective work of a strictly Orthodox London burial society ensured a woman with no known next-of-kin could be given a Jewish funeral this week.

When 82-year-old Sylvia Kamen was found dead in her flat on September 2, Hackney police began the lengthy process of trying to find family members to organise her burial.

In the event that none could be found, a coroner would have held the body for 28 days before asking Hackney Council to plan a parish funeral at a local church.

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Celebrity lawyer tells of her pain as ‘poison’ allegation is dropped

By Simon Round, September 12, 2008

Leading media divorce lawyer Vanessa Lloyd Platt has spoken of her shock at being arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and her relief after being told she will not be charged with any offence.

Ms Lloyd Platt - who appears regularly on GMTV and Channel 4 and has acted for celebrities including Les Dennis and Anne Diamond - said she had been arrested by the police "under circumstances that were a complete mystery."

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JNF UK decides to back old enemy charity

By Simon Rocker, September 12, 2008

JNF UK this week announced a new agreement to support Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael in Jerusalem, finally putting their costly legal dispute behind them.

In a deal reached in Jerusalem, JNF UK agreed to fundraise for KKL projects in Israel, while retaining freedom to support additional causes of its own choice in Israel.

JNF UK, which will remain an independent charity, will be able to use both the JNF and KKL logos in the UK under licence from the KKL, while KKL will refrain from operating its own branch here.

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London Olympics to mark Munich killings

By Leon Symons, September 12, 2008

A special event to mark the 40th anniversary of the Munich Olympics massacre of Israeli athletes is to be held during the 2012 Olympics in London.

A new body called the London Olympic Jewish Organising Committee, set up to link the capital's Jewish community with the Games, has held preliminary discussions with the London Organising Committee, the Israeli Olympic Association, and has had an initial meeting with the Mayor of London's office.

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