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Food standards officials ask for kosher advice after horsemeat scandal

By Marcus Dysch, March 21, 2013

Food standards officials have asked the Jewish community for advice on food chain transparency and safety, following the horsemeat scandal.

A meeting between community leaders and government food experts had been intended as a way of informing Anglo-Jewry about the fallout from the horse meat fiasco.

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Seeing for myself what has made Israel the genuine Start-Up Nation

By Lord Green, March 15, 2013

This government has made a priority of building economic relations between Britain and Israel. We believe that both countries can benefit from a stronger partnership, finding those areas where both countries are world leaders, and where together we can do amazing things.

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British diplomat attacked by mob at West Bank university

By Jennifer Lipman, March 5, 2013

The British envoy to East Jerusalem was attacked by a mob as he arrived at a West Bank university today by a group protesting against British policies toward Israel.

Sir Vincent Fean was forced to flee from the anti-Israel protesters at Birzeit University, near Ramallah, after students blocked his way and reportedly damaged his car.

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May’s pledge to fight extremist groups in UK

By Marcus Dysch and Jenni Frazer, February 28, 2013

Home Secretary Theresa May has said the government is doing everything possible to counter extremist groups operating in Britain.

Speaking at the Community Security Trust annual dinner in central London on Wednesday evening, Mrs May said more would be done to stop extremists "masquerading as charities" in order to raise funds.

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Parliament hosts a large crowd to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

February 1, 2013

More than 200 guests including Holocaust survivors, Parliamentarians, Holocaust Educational Trust ambassadors and supporters gathered at the Houses of Parliament for the Lord Merlyn-Rees memorial lecture.

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UK express concern over Israeli ‘abuses’

By Sandy Rashty, January 31, 2013

Britain’s Foreign Office has named Israel a “country of concern” in a new quarterly report listing 28 countries. A FCO spokesperson said: “We are concerned about the widespread use of administrative detention by Israeli authorities, child prisoners, handling of protests and demolitions.”

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William Hague says Middle East in 2013 a ‘perfect storm’

By Anna Sheinman, January 18, 2013

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that 2013 could see a ‘perfect storm’ in the Middle East and that President Barack Obama must lead the way on Israel.

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William Hague says Middle East in 2013 a ‘perfect storm’

By Anna Sheinman, January 18, 2013

UK Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that 2013 could see a ‘perfect storm’ in the Middle East and that President Barack Obama must lead the way on Israel.

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The children doomed by British inaction

By Fred Barschak, January 11, 2013

"The greatest tragedies are those that were wholly avoidable." In an era replete with events that fall within those parameters, none fits the above definition more than the fate of the children of Pithiviers and Beaune-La-Rolande in the summer of 1942.

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Why Israel has become a backbench obsession

By Martin Bright, January 3, 2013

What are we supposed to make of last week’s JC story by my colleague Jennifer Lipman, which showed that MPs had signed up to 21 early day motions about Israel, compared to just eight on Iran, three on Egypt, two on Syria and just one on Libya?

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