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Call to urge MPs not to agree to Palestinian state

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

Grassroots supporters of Israel have been urged to lobby their MPs ahead of a significant parliamentary vote on Palestinian statehood.

A group of pro-Palestinian MPs have secured a debate to call on the government to recognise Palestine as a state.

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An artist, a ladybird and a dung beetle

By Rosa Doherty, October 2, 2014

An artist who was asked by a publisher to stop selling her satirical book because of a copyright row has found a way round the problem without breaching the rules.

Miriam Elia was asked by Penguin publishers to destroy her self-published book We Go to the Gallery because they said it represented an infringement of their Ladybird brand.

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Tube ad ban raised with Boris

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

Transport for London's refusal to accept a series of advertisements in support of Israel has been raised with Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

The Zionist Federation said a £12,000 campaign planned for London Underground comparing Hamas to other terrorist groups including IS had been shelved last week because TfL found the adverts "too controversial".

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Raiders of the lost arts get £1.5m grant

By Naomi Firsht, October 2, 2014

A team of researchers have been awarded a £1.5 million grant to unearth lost treasures from the Jewish cultural past.

Performing the Jewish Archive is an international project led by the University of Leeds which aims to seek out lost or damaged music scores, theatre scripts and literature by Jewish artists so that they can be seen and heard by modern audiences.

The works may be hidden in a

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Anti-shechita tests rejected by campaigners

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

Campaigners have rejected scientific tests which claimed to undermine one of the key justifications for the religious slaughter of animals.

Shechita UK said the findings had "no meaningful impact on the debate" about the production of kosher meat.

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Kedem protesters return

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 2, 2014

Manchester's chief constable has lifted a ban on pro-Palestinian activists protesting outside a city centre store selling Israeli cosmetics.

Sir Peter Fahy said month-long conditions limiting pickets "are no longer necessary to stop serious disruption".

Police had moved protesters away from the Kedem store in August after mainly peaceful demonstrations had lead to tense stand-offs, arrests o

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Teachers shine a light on a new way of life

By Rosa Doherty, October 2, 2014

Pinner Synagogue serves many purposes for its 1,000 members - not least providing a space where its younger congregants can learn about Jewish life. But this year, it welcomed some unexpected faces: young people who are not Jewish.

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Dame Vivien Duffield puts £3 million into new art projects across the UK

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

The foundation supported by leading Jewish philanthropist Dame Vivien Duffield is to support 10 new art projects to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The Clore Duffield Foundation will back a school art room – its first such project – as well as other educational facilities in museums, galleries and with performing arts groups.

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Nick Griffin expelled from BNP

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

Former British National Party leader Nick Griffin has been expelled from the party by its new chairman.

The party claimed he had harassed staff, made threats and brought the party into disrepute since being made honorary president in July.

Mr Griffin lost his seat as an MEP in May and had to make way for new leaders.

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UK feared Israeli attack on Iran, reveals former defence chief

By Naomi Firsht, October 1, 2014

Former chief of the defence staff General David Richards has revealed in his new autobiography that during the early part of the Arab Spring Britain was concerned about an Israeli strike on Tehran’s nuclear installations.

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