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Jewish media round-up

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-05-28

Jewish media

Jewish media

Each week SJ editor Leslie Bunder looks at some of the stories that the print Jewish media are reporting by delving into their front pages, news sections and features.

The Jewish News reports that Dr Mohammed Essam El-Din Fahim, of the South Woodford Islamic Community Centre has denounced suicide bombings and called for greater understanding between faiths during an event at Finchley United Synagogue.

The Jewish News writes that Tony Blair sent a message to a concert hosted by Israel’s ambassador to celebrate 350 years of Jewish life in Britain.

He said: “But the decision to reverse that expulsion was an important precursor to Britain becoming a tolerant and multicultural society. Ever since then the Jewish community has made enormous contributions to Britain in every field… And while many Jews in Britain have had to struggle against prejudice, Britain can also be proud of its role as a refuge for Jews fleeing persecution elsewhere.”

The Jewish News writes that Tower Hamlets Police has launched an investigation after the desecration of an 18th century Jewish cemetery at the Brady St Cemetery in Whitechapel. A total of 14 gravestones were damaged.

The Jewish Chronicle writes that the Board of Deputies interfaith officer has resigned after less than 10 months in the role. Miriam Kaye is reported to have complained that the Board showed a "total lack of support" to interfaith work which lead to her leaving.

The Jewish Chronicle reports that Maureen Lipman has slammed Channel 4 for signing "P’tang, Yang, Kipperbang" a film by her her late husband, the playwright Jack Rosenthal, instead of using subtitles.

She said: "It was absolutely terrible. You couldn’t see the film properly because of this woman looming over the whole thing, huge in relation to the actors. I had to turn it off because it was impossible to watch. I don’t want to be deaf-ist, but I thought it was extremely patronising. Channel 4 seems to assume that deaf people can’t read subtitles."