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Parkinson’s and diabetes in scientists’ sights in new £3m Britain-Israel deal

By Rosa Doherty, February 12, 2015

The British Embassy in Israel has announced millions of pounds of funding for medical research projects to be carried out jointly by British and Israeli scientists.

At least £3.2 million is expected to fund eight projects that will study long-term illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, heart disease and multiple sclerosis.

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Key recommendations include call for police and council involvement

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

The All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism made a series of recommendations to government:

What the report says: “We recommend that the government, together with the CPS, police and other relevant bodies, work with the Jewish community to devise a communications strategy which effectively conveys the work that has been undertaken to combat antisemitism.”

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Yvette Cooper: 'It's nonsense to say Labour is anti-Israel'

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has hit back at claims that Britain’s relationship with Israel would be weakened if Ed Miliband became prime minister.

Ms Cooper said it was “utter nonsense” to claim this country’s role as a key ally of Israel would be seriously diminished if Labour won the general election in May.

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Israeli couple uplifted as stilts beat Thames flood

By Rosa Doherty, February 12, 2015

When Yaron Ivry’s home by the river Thames was destroyed by floods last year, he was determined it would never happen again.

So he came up with a novel solution — raising the £750,000 five-bedroom property on stilts.

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Man cleared of sex abuse

By JC Reporter, February 12, 2015

A strictly Orthodox man accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl walked free after the case against him was thrown out.

Efraim Cray, 32, of Tottenham, north London, had faced three charges of sexual assault at his trial last year, but was acquitted of one charge when the judge directed the jury to find him not guilty.

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Lib Dem candidate will offer pro-Israel voice in election battle

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

A series of controversial episodes involving Israel and the Jewish community should not hamper the Liberal Democrats’ election hopes in Finchley and Golders Green, the party’s candidate believes.

Jonathan Davies, vice-chairman of the party’s Friends of Israel group, was selected last week to contest his local parliamentary seat.

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Nicky Morgan considers call for private school security funding

By Simon Rocker, February 12, 2015

The Department for Education is considering a request from Jewish leaders and MPs to help fund security at independent Jewish schools.

State-aided Jewish schools already benefit from a £2 million annual grant towards their security costs provided by the government since 2010.

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I’ve delivered on promises, says MP Mike Freer

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

Mike Freer has enjoyed a solid first term in Parliament — working for the varied communities in his constituency, supporting the government, and showing flashes of oratorical brilliance with his award-winning speech on gay marriage two years ago.

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Labour hopeful Sarah Sackman faces Miliband effect in Finchley seat

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

Keeping a class of boisterous teenagers quiet for an hour is never an easy task. Less still if they are being asked to listen to a guest speaker who wants to discuss national health policy and the legislative process.

Fortunately for Sarah Sackman, the sixth-formers in question, at Finchley’s Christ College, were politics students, and quite happy to be meeting a general election candidate.

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Government moves to eject top rabbi from interfaith role

By Marcus Dysch, February 12, 2015

A leading United Synagogue rabbi was removed as patron of an interfaith charity because the government believed he was too extreme.

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet was in position at Faith Matters for just a fortnight before being sacked on Monday.

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