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Report the facts

May 19, 2011

Last week, we ran a story revealing that the Pears Foundation had funded an organisation, Forward Thinking, which invited an associate of the 7/7 bombers into Parliament and consistently works to sanitise the image of Hamas.

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The news is good

May 12, 2011

It might not seem so at the moment, but after 63 years and against many odds there are good reasons to be optimistic for Israel's future.

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Top Secret

May 9, 2011

From: Sir Camel Corps, Head of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

To: Prime Minister, Foreign Secretary

1) As you will be aware, the leaders of Fatah and Hamas have reached agreement on co-operation. The Israeli reaction has been hostile.

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Shechita sophistry

April 28, 2011

Despite the lobbying attempts of Shechita UK, an amendment was passed last week at the European Parliament which would, if it became law, force the labelling of meat from animals killed according to the rules of Judaism and Islam.

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No longer serious

April 28, 2011

Amnesty International has a proud and important history. Its aims are laudable. Yet in recent years it has moved well away from its traditions of strict impartiality and adopted a pronounced anti-Israel stance.

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Ofcom's failure

April 21, 2011

One has to wonder just what Ofcom is for. Channel 4 puts out a drama so grotesquely biased against Israel and so full of historical inaccuracies that even some of the extras declare themselves ashamed to have been part of it.

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Kosher approval

April 21, 2011

As we cram our trolleys full of kosher-for-Passover goods, take a look around. Are the crowds in the kosher sections a little bigger than usual? In the United States, there has been a boom in the sale of kosher goods - but it is not fuelled by Jewish shoppers.

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Gilad, the fifth son

April 14, 2011

On Monday we will sit down for the Seder meal, marking the start of the festival of freedom. But there is one man for whom there is, still, no freedom, and no Seder. For Gilad Shalit, Monday will begin a fifth Pesach in captivity. There are reports that Hamas could be about to release a new video of Sergeant Shalit, the first since October 2009.

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No more Yid Army

April 14, 2011

Insulting as the word "Yid" is, some Jewish football fans have turned it on its head and adopted it. Spurs fans, Jew and gentile alike, chant "Yid Army" with pride.

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Not predictable

April 7, 2011

It has taken the commentariat a long time to wake up to it, but the first lesson of the Arab Spring seems at last to have been noticed by some: Israel, a democratic, economically successful nation with a free press and judiciary, which is willing to put its ex-president and prime minister in the dock, is a solution to the problems of the Middle East and not their cause.

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