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Keeping faith: verdict on Michael Gove the departing education secretary

By Simon Rocker, July 24, 2014

Such has been Michael Gove’s support for British Jewry that there can hardly be a major communal organisation that has not had him as a speaker since he became a cabinet minister four years ago. This “proud Zionist” even paid his first visit to Israel last year, finally overcoming his fear of flying.

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App that answers a traveller's prayers

By Simon Rocker, July 24, 2014

It's a problem faced by many an observant traveller.

You are saying Kaddish but you have a plane to catch and you wonder if there is somehow a way to find a minyan to pray with at the airport before the flight leaves.

Now an app launched last week will alert to you to any other potential fellow-daveners up to 10-minutes away from you.

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Lib Dems wavering over disciplinary action for David Ward

By Daniel Easterman, July 23, 2014

Liberal Democarat MP David Ward has apologised for his Twitter comment that he would also probably fire rockets against Israel if he was living in Gaza.

He said: "I condemn the actions of Hamas and my comments were not in support of firing rockets into Israel. If they gave the opposite impression, I apologise."

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Lib Dems will discipline David Ward over Gaza tweet

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2014

The Liberal Democrats have condemned an MP who backed Hamas rockets being fired into Israel.

David Ward, the MP for Bradford East, tweeted on Tuesday evening: “The big question is - if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? - probably yes”

The statement was condemned by the party.

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Birmingham school probe finds anti-Israel views

By Simon Rocker, July 22, 2014

An investigation into allegations of Islamist extremism in Birmingham has found that some teachers harboured anti-Israel views.

Education Commissioner Peter Clarke, in a report published today, uncovered no evidence of radicalisation or violent extremism.

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Labour opposed to Israel’s Gaza invasion, says Ed Miliband

By Daniel Easterman, July 22, 2014

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has said he is firmly opposed to Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza.

In an interview with the Huffington Post, Mr Miliband said: “We oppose the Israeli incursion into Gaza. I don't think it will help win Israel friends. I don't think this will make the situation better. I fear it will make it worse.”

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Rachael Neustadt reunited with kidnapped sons

By Sandy Rashty, July 22, 2014

An Orthodox Jewish mother has been reunited with her two sons after they were kidnapped by their father in December 2012.

Rachael Neustadt, a former teacher, said she wanted to thank the UK Jewish community for their “prayers” after she was reunited with Daniel Jacob, aged eight, and Jonathan, six.

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David Cameron voices concern over mounting Gaza death toll

By Daniel Easterman, July 21, 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons this afternoon that he has grave concerns over the heavy loss of life during the ongoing crisis in Israel and Gaza.

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Thousands turn out to support Israel in London rally

By Sandy Rashty, July 20, 2014

Kensington High Street was awash with Israeli flags as British Jews flocked to south-west London to show their support at the Zionist Federation (ZF) rally this afternoon.

An estimated 5,000 Israel supporters – many wearing blue and white outfits for the event – held up placards that called for an end to Hamas terrorism.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis: assisted dying Bill is 'dangerous'

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has condemned a Bill which would allow doctors to end the lives of terminally ill patients.

The Assisted Dying Bill, which was due to be debated in the House of Lords today, would permit lethal drugs to be administered to people with less than six months to live.

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