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Man arrested over antisemitic stickers in Golders Green

By JC Reporter, August 8, 2014

A 66-year-old man has been arrested in connection with antisemitic stickers displayed in a Jewish area of north London.

Police received complaints when the stickers appeared around Golders Green tube station last month.

One sticker called Israel “a pious disease” while another called for the country to be “cancelled”.

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Glasgow Jews angry over council flying Palestinian flag

By JC Reporter, August 8, 2014

Jews in Glasgow have expressed anger at the city council’s decision to fly the Palestinian flag.

The council has raised the flag over the City Chambers today in what it calls a show of support “for the innocent people who are being hurt in Gaza”.

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Hamas say ceasefire will be renewed

By Daniel Easterman, August 8, 2014

UPDATE: Hamas will start a new unofficial truce at 8pm local time, according to Palestinian sources close to the ceasefire negotiations in Cairo.

Early reports from Egypt indicate that only minor disagreements remain between the two sides.

The previous three-day Gaza ceasefire expired at 8am local time as talks broke down amid rocket fire from Hamas and retaliatory air strikes by Israel.

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It's time to exploit Saudi fear of Hamas

By John R Bradley, August 8, 2014

If politics makes for strange bedfellows, warfare can create a veritable orgy of seemingly unfathomable diplomatic dalliances.

One such apparent secret tryst, between Israeli and Saudi diplomats, is now under the spotlight, as supporters of Hamas in the West accuse the Al-Sauds of treachery by snuggling up to the Jewish state.

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Gaza adds poignancy to candlelit memorial

By Daniel Easterman, August 7, 2014

Jewish leaders and former soldiers gathered for a candlelit service on Monday to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.

The event, jointly organised by the Board of Deputies2014-08-07 17:39:18 +0100, was part of the national "Lights Out" campaign, which called on people to switch off their lights in unison to mark the moment Britain entered the Great War in 1914.

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Hollande tries not to offend Muslim voters

By Michel Gurfinkiel, August 7, 2014

On July 31, the left-wing newspaper Liberation floated on its front page the idea that Ligue de Défense Juive (LDJ), the group that played a key role in defending Don Isaac Abravanel Synagogue in central Paris when it was attacked by a Muslim mob on July 13, should be banned.

According to other liberal or left-wing media outlets, the French Interior Ministry "was about" to issue such a ban.

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The backlash continues: hate crimes soar to a six-year high

August 7, 2014

July was the second worst month on record for antisemitic incidents after the fallout from Israel's Operation Cast Lead in December 2008.

The Community Security Trust said they expect to record up to 240 incidents for the month, what a spokesman called "a serious figure".

Two Israeli theatre companies were forced to cancel their shows at the Edinburgh fringe after protests.

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Mick Davis: why it's right to back Israel

By Simon Rocker, August 7, 2014

Jewish Leadership Council chairman Mick Davis, strongly defended Israel's campaign in an article in the Sunday Times.

He wrote that every "right-thinking person" should side with Israel in its conflict with Hamas.

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Manchester shop staff hold their own protest over Kedem demonstrations

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 7, 2014

Retailers in Manchester are calling on police to move protesters away from city centre shops because the disruption is causing the loss of thousands of pounds worth of business.

Pro-Palestinian activists have been demonstrating outside Kedem, an Israeli cosmetics store, since the Gaza conflict began.

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US-Israel rupture can bring nothing good

By Dovid Efune, August 7, 2014

Sitting with Knesset Member Dov Lipman earlier this week, I could not resist asking, tongue-in-cheek, who was less popular in Israel nowadays - Hamas chief Ismael Haniyeh or US Secretary of State John Kerry.

"Kerry is certainly not popular on the Israeli street right now," he answered, as only a politician could.

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