THE JEWISH PRESS
The Jewish News reports that it was no laughing matter for comedian Peter Serafinowicz when it was revealed that his grandfather, Syzmon, was the first person in Britain to be charged under the War Crimes Act, accused of killing three Jews in 1941. Syzmon Serafinowicz, originally from Belarus, denied the allegations, but the case collapsed in 1997 when he was deemed unfit to stand trial. The comedian — who currently fronts an eponymous show on BBC2 — insisted that his grandfather was innocent. But Lord Janner, a key figure behind the war-crimes legislation, pointed out that the Crown Prosecution Service must have felt there was enough evidence to justify a trial. The same paper notes some unwelcome support from white supremacists for Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks’s rejection of multiculturalism.
Good news for Israeli salad fans. The Jewish Tribune reports on talks between Israeli Minister of Agriculture Shalom Simhon and his Palestinian counterpart that may help to lower the cost of Israeli vegetables during shmitta year. According to the paper’s front-page story, Mr Simhon assured his opposite number that he would do all he could to arrange for fresh Gaza produce to be imported into Israel.
There is a storm brewing in Manchester over the decision to replace memorial plaques in the Heathlands Village care home with yahrzeit “alerts” on a computer screen. The Jewish Telegraph reports that locals are “appalled” by a move they decry as “soulless”. But Heathlands president Rodney Berkeley said the memorial hall had been “dreary and dull”.