Gaza

UK protests curbed as Salmond promises to get tough on hate

August 28, 2014

Police have quelled protests outside a shop selling Israeli products after enforcing special measures to restore calm.

The Kedem store in central Manchester had been besieged by anti-Israel activists' demonstrations for the past five weeks.

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The truth about the Israel-Hamas truce

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 28, 2014

There are no winners at the end of the 50 days of warfare which culminated on Tuesday night in a month-long ceasefire.

The truce promised little for Gaza or Israel, just a return to the status quo after the deaths of 71 Israelis - seven of them civilians - and at least 2,000 Palestinians.

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Desmond urges leaders to step forward and lead

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2014

The leading figures of one of Britain's biggest Jewish charities have criticised the response of communal leaders to the Gaza crisis.

In a letter published in today's JC, Norwood president Richard Desmond and vice-president Ronnie Harris call on senior figures including Peers and rabbis to "lead from the front".

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Israel won on points, as it always does

By Uri Dromi, August 28, 2014

The celebrations in Gaza over the "victory" of Hamas in the recent round of violence provoke a strong sense of deja-vu.

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Jewish and Muslim attempt at harmony hits flat note

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2014

Muslim and Jewish leaders have united in calling for stronger collaboration between their communities in the wake of the Gaza conflict.

In an unprecedented joint statement, the Board of Deputies and the Muslim Council of Britain condemned civilian deaths as tragic and called for efforts to avoid them.

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New venues for UK Jewish Film Festival

By Sandy Rashty, August 27, 2014

Organisers of the UK Jewish Film Festival (UKJFF) have released a list of new venues that will host the event this November.

Films for the 18th festival will now be screened at more than 15 venues, after the Tricycle Theatre’s boycott forced organisers to make alternative arrangements.

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Israel and Hamas agree on ceasefire

By JC Reporter, August 26, 2014

Israel has agreed on an open-ended ceasefire with Hamas.

A massive rocket barrage from Gaza conicided with the deadline for the end of hostilities, however.

The deal includes an initial period in which all firing will stop and restrictions on crossings will be eased for humanitarian aid, with long-term issues to be addressed after one month.

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Huge rocket attack from Hamas as truce talks continue

By Sandy Rashty, August 26, 2014

Israelis rushed into bomb shelters this morning as dozens of rockets were fired into Tel Aviv, Ashdod and Ashkelon.

More than 25 rockets were fired into Moatza Ezorit Eshkol, in the south.

The wave of attacks came as Israeli forces bombed two evacuated building in Gaza City today.

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Police to move protesters away from Kedem store

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 22, 2014

Police have put a stop to a five-week protest outside a Jewish-owned shop which sells Israeli products.

Pro-Palestinian activists and Israel-supporting counter-protesters will be moved away from the Kedem store, in a central Manchester, to a nearby "designated protest area”.

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Gaza wounds go very deep

By Jonathan Wittenberg, August 21, 2014

‘Here, you have 60 seconds to get to the shelter”, Rabbi Mauricio Balter explains to me. “Your body is on constant stand-by. You have to think through every moment. What do you do when taking a shower? What about elderly relatives who walk with a frame?”

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