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Lancet editor says sorry over Israel letter row

By Marcus Dysch, October 3, 2014

The editor of Britain’s leading medical journal has visited Israel and said he deeply regrets the controversy caused by his stance on a series of letters it published about the Gaza conflict.

Lancet editor Dr Richard Horton said he had been “horrified” to learn that some authors of the letter had also sent private emails which included antisemitic conspiracy theory videos.

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Neighbours at war over the Middle East

By Sandy Rashty, October 2, 2014

A quiet street in south-east London is the last place you would expect to be caught up in the Middle East conflict.

But the suburb of Brockley is the unlikely arena where two Jewish neighbours are at war over Israel.

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Lib Dems try to shore up votes with Gaza hard line

By Robert Philpot, October 2, 2014

For the third consecutive year, the Liberal Democrat annual conference will clash with Yom Kippur. As journalist and party member Charlotte Henry noted in a piece for the Spectator's blog in July, this repeated unhappy coincidence suggests not simply "a cultural blindspot over the Jewish community", but a party that is "telling a community that you don't really pay them much attention".

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Medical journal investigates claims over Gaza letters

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2014

Britain’s leading medical journal has been reported to the industry’s ombudsman over its stance on a series of letters it published about the Gaza conflict.

The Lancet ran an open letter “for the people of Gaza” signed by 24 senior medics in July, condemning Israel’s military action.

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'Don't shut out those with qualms on Gaza'

By Simon Rocker, September 23, 2014

A senior United Synagogue rabbi said this week that the community should not shut out Jews who had qualms about Israeli actions in Gaza.

Hampstead Synagogue's Rabbi Michael Harris, speaking at a conference on modern Orthodoxy in London, said that he had felt "uneasy throughout the past summer that the community's official bodies were making no room for people who had moral qualms about some of

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We must learn the lessons of Paris

By Luciana Berger, September 23, 2014

I had read many articles about the antisemitism in France and I watched a number of the YouTube videos of the recent attacks. But it wasn't until I joined a cross-party delegation of MPs to Paris with the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism (APPG) that I understood how grave the situation is.

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Hamas appears serious about long-term deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 23, 2014

Indirect talks over a long-term solution for Gaza began in Cairo on Tuesday.

The talks, between Israel and a Palestinian delegation including members of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, broke up on Wednesday for Rosh Hashanah and are scheduled to resume next week. The Palestinians remained in Egypt to discuss the unity agreement.

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Ed Miliband defends Labour stance on Gaza conflict

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2014

Anti-boycott campaigners have expressed their relief after delegates at the Labour Party conference failed to move any motions against Israel.

There had been fears that anti-Israel measures could be adopted by party supporters gathering in Manchester.

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Zionist Federation says pro-Israel adverts were rejected by Transport for London

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2014

The Zionist Federation has claimed an advertising campaign in support of Israel was rejected by a number of organisations following the Gaza conflict.

It said Transport for London had refused to run adverts comparing Hamas to other terrorist groups including Islamic State on the London Underground because they were “too controversial”.

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It is vital to define terms

By Daniel Finkelstein, September 18, 2014

Not long after the Gaza troubles started up again, I noticed something odd about some of the people attaching my name to tweets attacking Israel. They seemed to be strangers, but I'd come across them before. Then I realised where. It had been during the recent debates about child abuse. There was a group of people who linked Jews, Israel and paedophiles.

But it was all done very carefully.

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