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Dough! Israeli bake off's Pesach flop

By Nathan Jeffay, April 14, 2016

It was meant to be the Great British Bake Off, kosher-style. There was considerable excitement in March last year when it emerged that Israeli producers had bought the rights of the hit BBC show in order to launch a local version.

What aired last Saturday night on Israel's Channel 2, however, was more of a burnt scone than a succulent Victoria sponge.

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Our cash should go to projects promoting co-existence between Jews and Palestinians

By Joan Ryan MP, April 7, 2016

Last month, during a visit to Israel and Palestine, I spent a day in the West Bank. In Ramallah, we met representatives of the Palestinian Authority. It was, as a colleague suggested, one of the most depressing meetings they had ever experienced.

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You can't help thinking, I'll be stabbed next

By Tim Marshall, March 31, 2016

While walking from Jerusalem's Jaffa Street to the Old City, I spent the first three minutes looking at everyone and wondering if they were going to stab me. This was stupid on the grounds of it being highly improbable, and because, in those moments of distraction, I was more likely to be hit by a tram.

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Who will really be fintech's winners?

By Alex Brummer, March 23, 2016

Technology is finding ever more creative ways to disrupt existing business and to change our lives. The latest generation of tech ventures seeks to eliminate the middle person, cut costs and give the consumer easy access to services.

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I thought I was weak, says victim

By Esther Marshall, March 23, 2016

Former JFS student Esther Marshall, 26, was a victim of domestic abuse. For a year, she was abused by her ex-partner, who is Jewish. She recalled locking herself in the bathroom, crying and in pain, but never telling anyone about her ordeal.

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Beth Din has got to get serious

By Yehudis Fletcher, March 23, 2016

Ten years ago, I sought a religious divorce through the Kedassia Beth Din.

The experience was horrific. The dayanim and registrar didn't take my wishes or grievances into account. I felt I didn't have voice. I was humiliated.

At one point, I was asked to sign an agreement and when I started reading it, I was told to stop and just sign.

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Simple. Punchy. Donald stunned them

By Bernard Hughes, March 23, 2016

I arrived at the Aipac policy conference not knowing what was in store. Travelling to Washington, all I knew was that I was to be one of approximately 18,700 delegates converging on the US capital to celebrate the US-Israel relationship.

What I saw was perhaps the most perfectly orchestrated political event I have ever attended.

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George Galloway made me a Zionist

By Laura Marcus, March 17, 2016

When George Galloway threatened to sue me last year over a retweet alleging he was antisemitic (a claim he strenuously rejected) it had an effect I'm pretty certain he never intended. It made me feel more Jewish than ever and turned me into a staunch Zionist.

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Drowning under titanic ice chaos

By Peter Rosengard, March 17, 2016

This week, a scientist at Sheffield University- announced that the iceberg that sank the Titanic was larger than a lot of people might have thought. He has calculated that it originally weighed 75 million tonnes and was more than 100,000 years old.

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Charities, be more charitable

By Angela Epstein, March 17, 2016

There's a flattering hypothesis which prevails when, like me, you work as a journalist and sometime broadcaster.

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