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Alistair Burt says Gaza is 'unsustainable'

By Martin Bright, June 30, 2011

Middle East minister Alistair Burt became the first Foreign Office minister to visit the Gaza Strip in five years on Tuesday, as he toured a United Nations school in Jabalia refugee camp and met business leaders in Gaza City.

Mr Burt said: "I was struck today by the need for further progress to allow imports by UNRWA and others to complete much-needed projects and to facilitate exports.

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UK minister: better ways than Gaza flotilla

By Anshel Pfeffer and Martin Bright, June 29, 2011

Middle East minister Alistair Burt became the first Foreign Office minister to visit the Gaza Strip in five years on Tuesday, as he toured a United Nations school in Jabalia refugee camp and met business leaders in Gaza City.

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Baroness Tonge behind Salah Lords meeting

By Martin Bright, June 29, 2011

Controversial pro-Palestinian peer Baroness Tonge was responsible for getting banned cleric Raed Salah into parliament earlier this week.

Staff at the House of Lords confirmed that a committee room was booked on Monday evening in the name of the Liberal Democrat peer for a meeting with Sheikh Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel.

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MP opens new parent-promoted Jewish school

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2011

JCoSS, the UK's first cross-communal Jewish secondary school has been officially opened by the undersecretary of state for children, Tim Loughton MP.

More than 200 people marked the opening of the voluntary-aided, co-educational school in Barnet, including former Schools Secretary Ed Balls, JCoSS president Gerald Ronson and headteacher Jeremy Stowe-Lindner.

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Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt calls for immediate release of Gilad Shalit

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011
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A plea for the release of kidnapped soldier Corporal Gilad Shalit five years after he was taken by Hamas

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Britain's line on Israel is a cover for its impotence

By Douglas Murray, June 16, 2011

"When you can, you should." That was Tony Blair's opinion on intervention, as boiled down for a journalist a few days before sending British forces into Iraq.

The world has no shortage of dictators and despots. The Blair formula was that when such human-rights violators looked vulnerable, and provided you had the military capability and political will, you should seize the opportunity.

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Asylum groups warn Jewish community over London Citizens

By Martin Bright, June 10, 2011

Campaigners working to end the detention of the children of asylum seekers have warned the Jewish community against collaborating with Citizens UK, the controversial "community organisers" currently running a campaign to win over synagogues and Jewish organisations.

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UK urged to follow US and boycott Durban review

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

British Jewish organisations have called on the UK government to follow in the footsteps of the United States and boycott the follow-up to the Durban conference.

The US said on Wednesday that it would not attend the United Nations event in September, because it would be wrong to commemorate the "ugly displays of intolerance and antisemitism" of the conference of September 2001.

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Netanyahu plans political talks in London

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

Benjamin Netanyahu is planning to visit the UK next week for meetings with British politicians.

The Israeli Prime Minister’s office would not say what was on the agenda beyond “political matters”.

Mr Netanyahu is also expected to visit France while in Europe.

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Zionist gang plotted to kill Churchill

April 7, 2011

Jewish militants were planning in 1946 to assassinate leading British politicians including the then Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, and the fiercely anti-Zionist Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin, according to MI5 files released from the National Archives this week.

An attempt on Bevin's life was "almost a topic of household conversation in the Middle East," said one top secret cable.

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