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Quakers and Christian Aid Parliament lobby over Israel settlements

By Marcus Dysch, June 21, 2012

Two leading Christian groups, the Quakers and Christian Aid, have urged the government to ban the import of products from Israeli settlements.

At a Parliamentary briefing on Tuesday, Christian Aid officers and Quakers told MPs that stopping goods from West Bank settlements being sold in Britain would enhance the prospects of peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

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Camel Corps gone but FCO still out of touch

By Martin Bright, June 14, 2012

This week I came to the conclusion that the Foreign Office genuinely believes it is in tune with mainstream Jewish opinion in this country. The convention of background briefings to journalists means that I can only state that I "understand" this. I cannot identify or quote my sources. But, believe me, I do understand this to be the case.

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MP sued by pro-Palestinian group for 'Holocaust denial' allegation

By Jessica Elgot, June 7, 2012

A pro-Palestinian group has won a legal battle against a Labour MP who implied they were Holocaust deniers.

Friends of Al-Aqsa, one of the groups which invited “blood libel” cleric Raed Saleh to speak at the House of Commons, received a formal apology from Ian Austin MP for a blog he wrote on the site Labour Uncut.

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British ministers reportedly consulting lawyers over Israel Iran strike

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2012

The British Government has reportedly consulted lawyers over its options if fighting breaks out between Israel and Iran.

In Baghdad later today representatives from the five Security Council nations and Germany will meet Iranian officials to discuss the regime's nuclear ambitions.

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Shift on ethnicity rules signals new dawn for adopters

By Jessica Elgot, May 17, 2012

Changes to the law will help Jewish families to adopt a child in the UK - as most are currently deemed "unsuitable" by local authorities.

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Why won't Andrew Lansley condemn union that banned an Israeli speaker?

By Martin Bright and Anshel Pfeffer, May 3, 2012

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has refused to intervene over the withdrawal of an invitation to an Israeli conflict resolution expert to speak at an NHS-sponsored event next week.

The invitation to Moty Cristal, who has advised Palestinian groups and human rights organisations, was cancelled following a demand from the Unison trade union.

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'Blood libel' cleric Salah returns to Israel

By Jessica Elgot, April 17, 2012

Controversial Islamic activist Raed Salah returned to Israel last night – after a ten month stay in Britain.

Israeli media reported that Sheikh Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was detained briefly by security forces at Ben-Gurion Airport but was later released.

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UK Culture Minister urges hi-tech dialogue

By Martin Bright, March 15, 2012

Britain should pursue partnerships with Israel in hi-tech and creative industries in open defiance of the boycott movement according to Culture Minister Ed Vaizey.

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Progressive rabbis join protests against health bill

By Simon Rocker, March 8, 2012

Twenty Reform and Liberal rabbis have called on Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to abandon his plans to reorganise the NHS, warning that the changes could affect care to society's most vulnerable groups.

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George Osborne tells of his warmth for CST and Israel

By Jenni Frazer, March 1, 2012

Chancellor George Osborne robustly defended the decisions of his colleague, Education Secretary Michael Gove, when he addressed the annual Community Security Trust dinner on Wednesday night.

Mr Gove recently came under fire over his decision to make funding available for security for Jewish schools through grants given via the CST.

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