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Cabinet row over move to suspend Israel arms licences

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2014

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

Business Secretary Vince Cable holds sole responsibility for issuing arms licences, with legislation stating that even the Prime Minister cannot overrule the Secretary of State’s decision.

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UN’s Gaza war crimes investigator has anti-Israel history

By Daniel Easterman, August 12, 2014

Israel has sharply criticised the UN Human Rights Council’s new three-person panel tasked with investigating possible war crimes committed during Operation Protective Edge.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said that the commission, chaired by Canadian international law expert William Schabas, is biased and made up of individuals with strong anti-Israel views.

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Israeli negotiators arrive in Cairo as ceasefire holds

By Charlotte Oliver, August 11, 2014

Israeli delegates travelled to Cairo on Monday morning after a three-day Gaza ceasefire seemed to hold overnight.

According to Israeli officials, they only agreed to meet in Egypt for negotiations after the 72-hour truce was accepted by both sides. This follows their refusals to negotiate with Hamas while under attack.

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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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