Gaza

Outcry over Sainsbury’s removal of kosher produce

By Marcus Dysch, August 18, 2014

Sainsbury’s has claimed the removal of kosher food from the shelves of a central London store was a precaution against possible violence.

Customers complained after staff at the firm’s Holborn branch emptied a chill cabinet of kosher produce on Saturday afternoon.

It came shortly after anti-Israel activists attacked products in a branch of Tesco in Birmingham.

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Chief Rabbi warns of 'huge anxiety' over hate increase in UK

By JC Reporter, August 15, 2014

British Jews are deeply concerned at the rising level of antisemitism in the UK, the Chief Rabbi has warned.

Ephraim Mirvis said there was “no sense of panic but huge anxiety” at the increase in antisemitic incidents reported since the beginning of the conflict in Gaza.

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British police working to calm tensions over Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2014

A senior police officer has said forces across the country are working to calm tensions over Gaza that have spilled over into antisemitic incidents.

Sir Peter Fahy, chief constable of Greater Manchester Police and a vice-president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said a balance must be found between the right to protest and a risk of serious disruption.

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In name of justice, UN's Gaza investigator must withdraw

By Hillel Neuer, August 14, 2014

Can Israel expect justice from the new UN inquiry on Gaza?

The commission was established by the UN Human Rights Council in its emergency session of July 23.

The urgent meeting on Gaza - as the 47-nation body turns a blind eye to mass slaughter in Iraq, Syria and Nigeria - was convened by the Arab and Islamic states, with the support of Russia, China, Cuba and other dictatorships who sit on

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Rebuild Gaza, yes - but outflank Hamas

By Gershon Baskin, August 14, 2014

ANALYSISToday, Gaza is devastated. Its 1.8 million people traumatised, wounded, largely unemployed and in despair. Half a million are homeless. Having faced thousands of tons of bombs and 40,000 Israeli soldiers invading on the ground, Gaza, as described by journalists who have visited in the past days, looks like an earthquake zone - entire areas completely levelled.

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Ending the war: the obstacles

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 14, 2014

Another round of escalation around Gaza appeared was averted at the last minute on Wednesday as negotiators in Cairo agreed to extend an expiring ceasefire until Monday night.

Securing a longer-term truce is proving difficult, however.

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From outraged to outrageous: protest spills over into hatred

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2014

Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through central London as the backlash against Israel's military action in Gaza continued to be felt on the streets of Britain this week.

Protesters from groups including the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Stop the War marched from BBC's New Broadcasting House to Hyde Park. Speakers included MPs Jeremy Corbyn, David Ward and Shabana Mahmood.

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'Naive' pro-PM letter dropped

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2014

Communal leaders scrapped a show of support for David Cameron's Israel policy amid fears they would fuel accusations that Jewish donors were influencing government policy.

A letter signed by around two dozen influential figures was due to be published in The Times on Monday.

Lord Kalms, Vivian Wineman, Leo Noe and other JLC members are believed to have been among the signatories.

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A Rubicon has been crossed with this embargo

By Alex Brummer, August 14, 2014

ANALYSIS
Critics of Israel's policy in Gaza have scored a significant victory with the decision to block a dozen licences to British companies that sell weapons parts to the IDF. The £42 million sum involved is trifling but the symbolism will be exploited.

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Arms ban if Hamas strikes

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2014

The government's decision to suspend a series of arms export licences to Israel if hostilities resume in Gaza led to a major row between the coalition parties, the JC understands.

Business Secretary Vince Cable, who holds sole responsibility for issuing arms licences under the legislation, favoured a wholesale ban on all arms to Israel.

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