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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”.

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