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Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Tribute Evening

By Zoe Winograd, June 25, 2013

Prime Ministers and Archbishops pay tribute to the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks at a special tribute evening.

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UK minister condemns 'abhorrent' attacks on Arab property

By Josh Jackman, June 21, 2013

Middle East Minister Alistair Burt has criticised the so-called "price tag" attacks committed in the Arab-Israeli town of Abu Ghosh this week, calling them “an abhorrent phenomenon”.

The attacks, which were reportedly carried out by right-wing Israeli settlers, included graffiti reading “Arabs out” and “racism or assimilation”, sprayed on walls and the slashing of car tires.

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Charedi fear over Gove education reforms

By Simon Rocker, June 14, 2013

Education Secretary Michael Gove’s wish to put a greater focus on evolution in the GCSE science curriculum could pose problems for strictly Orthodox schools, a Jewish education consultant warned this week.

The minister announced the move on Tuesday as part of his reforms to raise the standard of school exams.

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Board adviser's view on same-sex marriage 'does not reflect offical policy'

By Simon Rocker, June 3, 2013

The Board of Deputies has made it clear that a letter co-signed by its interfaith adviser Rabbi Natan Levy, which calls on the government to halt legislation to allow same-sex marriage, does not reflect its policy.

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UK government proposes no changes to rules on shechitah

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2013

The government is proposing no major changes to rules governing shechitah and religious slaughter after a public consultation.

Animal rights groups renewed calls for prohibiting the slaughter of animals without stunning before any cut.

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Foreign Office fears for Palestine prompted by intercepted Ben-Gurion papers

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2013

Foreign Office hopes that a resolution to the situation in Palestine could be delayed until after the war were shattered in 1941 after they intercepted the private papers of David Ben-Gurion detailing Zionist objectives and his discussions with Anglo-Jewish leaders.

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Britain asks EU to ban Hizbollah

By Marcus Dysch, May 21, 2013

Britain has formally asked the European Union to outlaw Hizbollah as a terrorist organisation.

The move increases the likelihood of the EU taking action against the Iranian-backed group and follows months of pressure from Anglo-Jewish groups.

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Join us, and help defy the ‘lunatics’ within our ranks, say Ukip activists

By Marcus Dysch, May 3, 2013

More Jews should join Ukip to help the party combat far-right extremism and bolster support for Israel, activists have claimed.

Revelations about extreme comments made by Ukip candidates ahead of today’s local elections should not discourage members of the Jewish community from supporting the party they said.

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British saw 1948 Jewish fighters as 'like those of Nazi Germany'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2013

The High Commissioner of Palestine viewed the behaviour of Jewish fighters as comparable to that of the Nazis, according to an intelligence report issued two weeks before statehood was declared.

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EU backs further labelling of Israeli settlement products

By Marcus Dysch, April 25, 2013

European Union foreign ministers – including British Foreign Secretary William Hague – have backed plans to implement further labelling of products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Britain was one of 12 states to write to EU foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton pledging to assist the union in the “important work” of labelling.

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