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Ecostream: This is a betrayal - Israeli firm would not take on boycotters

By Jonathan Goldberg, July 10, 2014

Whatever doubts some may have had about the viability of opening a shop in Brighton in 2012 to sell their products, it was refreshing to hear assurances from the SodaStream management at the time that "we have no intention either to be the next Ahava in the UK or to close our store - we will not back down".

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EcoStream: This is a blip - trade with the UK is thriving

By Alex Brummer, July 10, 2014

The closure by SodaStream of its Ecostream shop and the reported decision by John Lewis to stop selling the Israeli company's drinks products can hardly be regarded as a positive development. Not surprisingly it has been hailed as a great victory for the BDS movement.

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He's been at the Jinn and tonic

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, July 10, 2014

Sorcery and witchcraft and Jews. It's a cultural and religious obsession, isn't it? I don't know about you, but once my Shabbat chicken is in the oven, I like to take out my cauldron and concoct some noxious brew worthy of the Three Weird Women in Macbeth. Mr O refers to this as my attempt at cholent. But he's wrong.

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Religion has another message

By Nathan Jeffay, July 10, 2014

For days, people had been telling themselves that it couldn't be true, that a Jew would never do something like this.

But, indeed, suspects had been arrested for the abduction and murder of a Palestinian teenager, Jews thought to have been motivated by anti-Arab hatred.

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Never the twain shall meet

By Sandy Rashty, July 10, 2014

This week, I went where few modern Jewish girls have gone before - to east London on a Tuesday night.

I gave up my pre-planned Netflix-filled evening to hang with gig-goers in Shoreditch.

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We ought to back this move

By Geraldine Var Bueren, July 10, 2014

It is time for British Jewry to join the Pope and the Archbishop of Canterbury in speaking out about poverty.

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The forgotten WWI general

By Nadav Shemer, July 10, 2014

When schools around Britain mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I later this month, I wonder if Sir John Monash, the Jewish general who planned the offensive that broke German resistance, will rate a mention.

In Australia Monash is the closest one gets to being a war hero: a top university is named after him, so is a major freeway, and his face appears on the $100 note.

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Failed to condemn Hamas? You have no right to outrage at Israel's response

By Eylon Aslan-Levy, July 10, 2014

When Israel expands its offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, many people - watching from a safe distance - are going to be very cross. Human Rights Watch will be up in arms; Amnesty will be outraged. The BBC and CNN will show harrowing pictures (real and fabricated) of Israel's "disproportionate" action.

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Hola Spurs, I am open to offers

By Jose Pekerman, July 10, 2014

Hola mis amigos ingleses,

Well, it has only been a few weeks but everything has changed. My voice has now been heard from Golders Green to Radlett, from Sale to Gateshead. I feel that if the futbol does not go well in the future, I have a job as a pundito in the JC's sports page to look forward to.

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Sorry Naftali, we're not your footsoldiers in the media war

By Jenni Frazer, July 6, 2014

It was not, perhaps, quite what the Foreign Ministry had bargained for when, after a decade-long gap, the idea of reviving a Jewish journalists' conference in Jerusalem was mooted.

Unlike previous events, this one was run by the Foreign Ministry in conjunction with the Government Press Office and - for the first time - the newly designated Ministry of Diaspora Affairs.

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