War

Britain 'rebuffs US plans over Iran operation'

By Marcus Dysch, October 26, 2012

The government has reportedly told the United States that it will not allow American troops to use the British military in a decision that could have an impact on a potential pre-emptive strike against Iran.

It had previously been believed that Diego Garcia, the British-governed island in the Indian Ocean, could be drawn into an Israel-Iran conflict.

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Kosher ration packs launched for troops

By Marcus Dysch, October 26, 2012

Sausage casserole, chicken curry and sticky toffee pudding are part of a new range of kosher ration packs launched for Jews serving in the British armed forces.

The kosher menu has been produced by the Ministry of Defence in conjunction with the Jewish Armed Forces Committee and brings provisions in line with the regular fare on offer.

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Sudan blames Israel for arms factory explosion

By Sahar Zivan, October 25, 2012

The Sudanese government has blamed Israel for explosions at an arms factory in Khartoum in which two people were killed. Sudanese Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman made the accusation to reporters in Khartoum and said: “We reserve the right to react at a place and time we choose.”

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Gunter Grass 'not welcome in Israel' after Iran poem sparks hate charges

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2012

Nobel Prize-winning writer Gunter Grass has criticised Israel for "endangering the already fragile world peace".

Mr Grass, 84, is known for his left-wing political views.

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Donors who came to dinner

By Simon Rocker, March 29, 2012

Lords Feldman and Wolfson (of Next) were among the Conservative donors who have enjoyed hospitality in high places, whose names were released this week.

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Saving up fuel for a rainy day

By Simon Round, March 29, 2012

We British (as opposed to we Jews) love a crisis. Which is just as well because there are two coming along at once.

You may have noticed, particularly if you live on the eastern side of the country, that the wet stuff that used to fall from the sky - I forget what it's called after all this time - has failed to do so for so long that the government has decided to ban all use of water.

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Israel severs ties with UN council

By Robin Shepherd, March 29, 2012

Reading through the seemingly endless list of resolutions adopted against Israel on March 22 at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the first impression was the same as it always is.

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Budget scare for charities over tax relief cap

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

The chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council has raised concerns about the impact on Jewish fundraising of the government's planned cap in tax relief claimed by charitable donors.

In Wednesday's Budget Chancellor George Osborne unveiled changes to the system that allows higher-rate taxpayers who donate to charity to reclaim some of the tax they would have paid, with some of it going to

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European Jewish leaders call for new legislation

March 22, 2012

on a visit to London this week, the Chief Rabbi of Moscow and President of the Conference of European Rabbis, Pinchas Goldschmidt, called on the European Parliament to boost security for threatened minorities in the wake of the killings in Toulouse.

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Sephardi rift sparks leadership battle

By Simon Rocker, March 8, 2012

Sephardi leaders face a vote of confidence in the first elections since the aborted appointment of a new spiritual head.

The rift among members of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation over the attempted recruitment of Rabbi David Bassous - who withdrew in January - appears to have had one silver lining.

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