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David Cameron pulls Britain out of Durban anniversary conference

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

David Cameron has intervened to pull Britain out of the follow-up to the controversial Durban conference.

The Prime Minister is understood to have personally made the decision that the UK should not take part in the event at the United Nations headquarters later this month.

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Cameron's dismissal of Israel

By Melanie Phillips, September 9, 2011

Government ministers might be concerned to know quite how often I am now accosted by strangers in public places.

These strangers are usually, although not always, Jews. They accost me on the Tube, at the theatre, in the supermarket, in restaurants and in the street.

They all say the same thing: keep on saying it about Israel, keep on telling it as it is, don't ever give up.

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Government in chaos over Alan Duncan's 'land grab' video

By Martin Bright and Simon Rocker, August 25, 2011

The government has been forced into an embarrassing climbdown after a minister described Israel's security barrier as a "land grab" and said that Israel deliberately took water away from the Palestinians.

Last week the Foreign Office and the Department for International Development (DfID) claimed the comments by Development Minister Alan Duncan reflected UK government policy.

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No entry to UK for extremist rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, August 12, 2011

An extremist rabbi has been denied entry to Britain because of a book in which he allegedly justifies terrorist violence.

Rabbi Yosef Elitzur, from Israel, has been told he cannot enter the UK for three years because of his controversial 2009 book Law of the King. The rabbi said he had no plans to visit Britain when he received the letter.

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Israel an issue on new e-petitions website

By Jennifer Lipman, August 5, 2011

The government's new "e-petitions" website has already attracted attention from a number of pro and anti-Israel campaigners.

Launched this week, the site allows voters to register a petition on any subject. If they manage to attract more than 100,000 signatures, the point could be debated by MPs in the House of Commons.

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Home Secretary banned from appealing Salah bail

By Marcus Dysch, July 27, 2011

The Court of Appeal has refused Home Secretary Theresa May permission to appeal the release of Islamic political activist Raed Salah on bail while he fights a deportation case.

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Salah bailed, pending deportation hearing

By Marcus Dysch, July 15, 2011

Islamic political activist Raed Salah, detained last month after allegedly flouting a ban to enter Britain, has been granted bail while he awaits a deportation hearing.

Sheikh Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was arrested in London the day before he was due to share a platform with MPs in the House of Commons.

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Grant Shapps to shut door on squatters

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

Homeowners may breathe a sigh of relief after the government announced it would make good on a pledge by Housing Minister Grant Shapps to demolish the rights of squatters.

Under the new plan, published by Justice Minister Crispin Blunt, moving into empty properties would be a crime and persistent offenders could be sent to jail.

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Should we have reserved House of Lords seats?

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

Reform of the House of Lords is back on the political agenda, and not before time.

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Welfare bosses fear reforms will be shelved

By Jessica Elgot, July 7, 2011

A leading Jewish welfare figure has voiced fears that the government will not "grasp the nettle" and implement reforms proposed this week by the Dilnot Commission.

Leon Smith, chief executive of Nightingale in south London, praised the report into long-term care, but believed the government was between "a rock and a hard place politically" on how to fund the recommendations.

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