Aug 082016
 

Christopher Biggins, having been removed from Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother house for making a “joke” about the Holocaust, is to visit Nazi concentration camps from the Second World War.

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To make amends, Biggins is planning to turn a trip to Krakow in Poland into a pilgrimage to the camps, including nearby Auschwitz where more than a million people were killed.

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 Posted by at 3:51 pm
Aug 082016
 

Sprinklers have been installed near the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, leading to criticisms of insensitivity because of their perceived similarity to the Nazi gas chambers.

“I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel comfortable going into a shower at the entrance to an extermination camp,” Rabbi Rafi Ostroff wrote on Facebook, alongside pictures of the mist sprinklers.

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 Posted by at 3:25 pm
Aug 072016
 

Princess Beatrice has split from her boyfriend of 10 years, it was reported.

The daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York is believed to have separated from Dave Clark a month ago despite hopes that the pair were planning to announce their engagement.

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According to the Mail on Sunday, her family were shocked and saddened by the news, with her mother Sarah Ferguson telling friends it was like losing a son.

However it is thought not all of the Royal Family approved of the match, and although they were introduced by the Duke of Cambridge, it was rumoured that he did not approve of the union and pointedly did not invite Mr Clark to his wedding in 2011.

Until the birth of Princess Charlotte, Beatrice was sixth in line to the throne and needed to seek permission from the Queen before accepting a proposal of marriage. It was feared that she would side with Prince William and veto the match,  but after Charlotte’s birth it was widely assumed that Mr Clark would propose.

It was claimed that Beatrice, 27,  broke off the relationship when it became clear no proposal was forthcoming. A spokesman for Buckingham Palace did not deny the split.

Mr Clark is son to Michael Clark, a wealthy American lawyer who was head of the legal counsel at Cadbury Schweppes.

The couple, who ran the marathon together in 2010, were thought to be inseperable with Mr Clarka constant presence at royal family occasions such as Princess Eugenie’s birthday parties, several of Sarah Ferguson’s charity events and Royal Ascot. Mr Clark has accompanied the family on holidays to the Bahamas and the Swiss skiing resort of Verbier.

Beatrice followed Mr Clark to America as he pursued his career with taxi app Ube, enrolling in a finance course in San Francisco, where Uber has its headquarters, before taking an investment banking job in Manhattan.

Last week it was reported Beatrice left the company a month ago – around the time she and Dave parted ways. She has remained in New York and is working for friends at a consultancy.

Sources said the princess and Mr Clark still spoke occasionally but said a reconciliation did not appear likely.

 Posted by at 3:59 pm
Aug 072016
 

Christopher Biggins has made a tearful apology after being removed from Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother house for making a “joke” about the Holocaust.

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Channel 5 ruled that the 67-year-old actor made remarks “capable of causing widespread offence” following a conversation on the show with former X Factor star Katie Waissel.

Biggins, who had made earlier controversial comments about Aids and bisexuals, told the 30-year-old, who is Jewish: “You better be careful or they’ll be putting you in a shower and taking you to a room.”

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 Posted by at 3:51 pm
Aug 052016
 

Dozens of Black Lives Matter organizations jointly released a wide-ranging platform Monday spelling out standpoints on dozens of issues. But the new platform’s stance on Israel has angered major Jewish organizations.

The platform calls for an end to U.S. federal aid for Israel. By providing aid, the platform argues, the United States is “complicit in the genocide taking place against the Palestinian people.” Criticizing the construction of Israeli settlements in Palestinian areas and the arrest of young Palestinians, it describes Israel as “an apartheid state.”

That inflammatory language drew a strong response from Jewish leaders Thursday.

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 Posted by at 11:14 am
Aug 042016
 

Critics are pushing Mayor de Blasio to force ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools across the city to provide state-mandated secular lessons with a new petition that has gathered 1,500 signatures, the Daily News has learned.

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The progressive Jewish group Yaffed launched an online petition last month that calls on city schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña to enforce a state law requiring Yeshivas to provide students with traditional academic lessons in subjects such as science, math and history.

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 Posted by at 5:04 pm
Aug 042016
 

Israeli officials detained, interrogated and deported five American campaigners trying to enter the country to “observe the conditions under which Palestinians live,” according to a U.S. rights group.

“The woman interrogating me called me a terrorist in the main waiting area … where there were plenty of people around, accusing me of coming to do bombings and threatening to tell the U.S. government this,” Ramah Kudaimi, the group’s director of grassroots organizing, was quoted as saying in the statement.

Calls to the U.S. Consulate “resulted in no assistance for the delegates,” according to the organization.

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