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London Mayor 2012: Siobhan Benita

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

In a campaign dominated by two candidates so well-known that they are immediately recognisable by their first names alone, it is a new face in London politics which appears to have caught attention.

Independent candidate Siobhan Benita has walked away from a 15-year career as a senior civil servant to take on Boris and Ken and run to be Mayor of London.

She has the backing of former cabinet

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European Jewish leaders call for new legislation

March 22, 2012

on a visit to London this week, the Chief Rabbi of Moscow and President of the Conference of European Rabbis, Pinchas Goldschmidt, called on the European Parliament to boost security for threatened minorities in the wake of the killings in Toulouse.

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Bibi spokesman: Lebanon media 'pathetic'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2012

A senior spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described the Lebanese media as "pathetic" following controversy over an interview on the country's MTV channel.

A number of Lebanese bloggers picked up on Ofir Gendelman's post on Twitter earlier this week, in which he said he had "granted an interview to Lebanon's MTV".

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Court rejects BBC Israel bias report appeal

By Jessica Elgot, February 15, 2012

The Supreme Court will not force the BBC to reveal a report commission into potentially biased reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The court's five justices unanimously dismissed the appeal of solicitor Steven Sugar, who had demanded the BBC release the internal 2004 report, compiled by the BBC's senior editorial consultant Malcolm Balen, under the Freedom of Information Act.

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Guardian admits mistakes with Gove and CST piece

By Jennifer Lipman, January 30, 2012

The Guardian has admitted that the publication of a "misleading" article questioning funding for a Jewish security organisation on Holocaust Memorial Day was ill-timed.

The story about Education Secretary Michael Gove's connection to the Community Security Trust was posted online on Friday but was ready for publication before then.

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Guardian's 'misleading' look at Gove's support of Jewish security organisation

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2012

The Community Security Trust and Department for Education have defended Education Secretary Michael Gove following criticism of his role in awarding government funding to the Jewish organisation while also acting on its advisory board.

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Iranian channel Press TV has licence revoked by Ofcom

By Jennifer Lipman, January 20, 2012

The Tehran-backed channel, Press TV has had its UK licence revoked with immediate effect.

Broadcasting standards watchdog Ofcom said that in the course of correspondence and meetings in recent months with Press TV, it had not been satisfied that “the licensee had general control over which programmes and other services” were shown on the channel.

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Board reject Guardian boycott

By Marcus Dysch, January 16, 2012

A proposal to boycott the Guardian newspaper has been rejected by the Board of Deputies.

After debating the newspaper's reporting of Jewish and Israel issues, deputies at Sunday's plenary meeting chose to not hold a vote on the motion which had urged "all who oppose antisemitism to refrain from buying the Guardian or advertising in it".

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MP Goldsmith's anger at 'grotesque' Mail quote

By Jessica Elgot, December 22, 2011

MP Zac Goldsmith has spoken of his anger after the Daily Mail quoted his late father as saying Holocaust victims “lacked initiative.”

The Mail's Ephraim Hardcastle column claimed Referendum Party leader and businessman, Sir James Goldsmith said concentration camp victims “lacked the initiative to get out.”

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Christopher Hitchens dies at age 62

By Jennifer Lipman, December 16, 2011

Christopher Hitchens has died at the age of 62 after a long battle with cancer.

The writer and commentator, who was a sworn atheist, was told that he was of Jewish descent when he was 38. His maternal grandmother had been Jewish and came from Kempen, now Kempno, in Upper Silesia, a discovery that Mr Hitchens described as thrilling.

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