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Nick Clegg urged to act against David Ward over Netanyahu tweets

By Sandy Rashty, January 13, 2015

The Israeli ambassador to Britain has called on the leader of the Liberal Democrats to take action against David Ward, over comments about Benjamin Netanyahu’s presence at Sunday’s unity rally in France.

Mr Benjamin Netanyahu joined other world leaders in Paris to show solidarity following the terrorist attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket .

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Board praised over MCB statement

By Simon Rocker, January 9, 2015

The Church of England's outgoing interfaith adviser has praised the Board of Deputies for its controversial statement with the Muslim Council of Britain during last year's Gaza conflict.

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Intifada may not be far off, poll suggests

By Uri Dromi, January 8, 2015

Earlier this week, Dr Halil Shikaki, Director of the Ramallah-based Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research, addressed the Jerusalem Press Club.

Dr Shikaki, who has been polling Palestinian public opinion since 1993, shared with the journalists the findings of three polls he had conducted since the end of the war in Gaza.

Dr Shikaki spoke softly, but his message was scary.

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Rocket from Gaza hits Israel

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2014

A rocket has been fired from Gaza to Israel for the third time since the ceasefire was announced this summer.

A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in the UK confirmed the attack via Twitter today.

The rocket landed in an open area in Eshkol, which is close to the Israel-Gaza border in the south.

No injuries have been reported.

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Israel rejects Amnesty war crime claim

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2014

Amnesty International has claimed that Israeli air strikes against four high-rise buildings in Gaza during the summer amounted to “war crimes”.

The al-Basha Tower complex – which housed around 30 flats, TV and radio stations – was flattened during the strikes. There were no fatalities.

Amnesty called for an investigation into the strikes in a report into the incident.

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'Vote Ed - he's a brave friend of Israel'

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2014

Labour’s Shadow Middle East Minister has urged British Jews to support Ed Miliband.

Gareth Thomas defended the party’s condemnation of Israel’s actions in Gaza and said Labour leaders were committed to encouraging the two sides back to negotiations.

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MPs call for economic sanctions on ‘apartheid’ Israel

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2014

Backbench MPs have called for a series of economic sanctions to be imposed on Israel in response to its policies towards the Palestinians.

During a debate in Parliament they said a major shift in British foreign policy was also needed to bring about a two-state solution to end the conflict.

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Barclays bank branch forced to shut by anti-Israel protesters

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2014

Anti-Israel activists forced the temporary closure of a central London branch of Barclays bank on Saturday.

Protesters shut down the bank's Piccadilly branch, and entered other branches, displaying banners stating “stop arming Israel”.

Barclays is understood to have had investments in leading Israeli military firm Elbit which builds drones used by the IDF over Gaza.

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'Don't pay your fees'

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Grassroots supporters of Israel are threatening to withhold funding for the Board of Deputies in response to its reaction to the Gaza conflict.

Around 800 people have signed an online petition calling on the Board to take "overt and vociferous" action to challenge antisemitism.

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Ed Miliband defends Labour support for Palestine recognition

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband has defended his party’s support for the recognition of a Palestinian state.

Mr Miliband told pro-Palestinian activists that he was proud to support a backbench motion in the Commons last month which urged the government to acknowledge statehood immediately.

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