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Thousands expected at London pro-Israel rally

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2014

Thousands of Israel supporters are expected to attend a rally outside the country’s embassy in central London on Sunday.

The two-hour event, led by the Zionist Federation (ZF) and backed by 60 organisations, will recreate the sirens heard by Israeli citizens since Operation Protective Edge began last week. Deactivated missiles will also be on display.

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Meet the J-team behind Miliband

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2014

He is the first to admit he is not a religious man, but there have undoubtedly been Jewish influences that have steered Ed Miliband's politics and ideology. And they are growing.

The Labour leader's philosophy has been shaped partly by Jewish intellectuals, none more so than his late father, Ralph, and his deepening interest in his family's past.

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Meet the peer who is trying to turn Labour blue

By Robert Philpot, July 18, 2014

Labour's National Policy Forum meets in Milton Keynes this weekend, its last before the general election. It thus marks a crucial staging post in the development of Labour's manifesto.

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Orthodox more threatened by antisemitism

By Simon Rocker, July 17, 2014

Orthodox Jews are more likely to be troubled by antisemitism in the UK than non-Orthodox Jews, according to a new report published today by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.

Two in five strictly Orthodox Jews said they had experienced antisemitic harassment or discrimination within the 12 months up to the time of the survey, compared with 17 per cent of non-Orthodox Jews.

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Former soldier Ellwood is new Mid East Minister

By Marcus Dysch, July 17, 2014

Britain's new Middle East Minister is a former soldier with a long-standing interest in the region.

Tobias Ellwood, promoted by David Cameron in this week's reshuffle, has toured Middle East countries, including a visit to Israel as part of a Conservative Friends of Israel delegation.

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Artist's high-rise piano drop falls flat with residents

By Charlotte Oliver, July 17, 2014

A Turner Prize-nominated artist has been forced to cancel plans to drop a piano from the top of a block of flats after residents complained.

Catherine Yass, 51, wanted to push the instrument from the top of the empty 27-storey Balfron Tower in Poplar, east London, as part of an art project.

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How a turnaround head gave rising hemlines short shrift

By Simon Rocker, July 17, 2014

The acting head of a troubled high school has wasted no time in stamping his authority.

Paul Doherty, 67, sent 100 girls home because their skirts were too short, at least for King Solomon High School uniforms.

Most returned properly dressed almost immediately but it took a week to get everyone to comply.

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New hope for custody fight mum

By Charlotte Oliver, July 17, 2014

A mother whose access to her children has been limited to daytime visits has been told she can have them overnight once every two weeks.

Beth Alexander, of Manchester, has been fighting for custody of her sons Samuel and Benjamin, who now live near her new home in Vienna with her ex-husband Michael Schlesinger.

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Riding the wave of a cultural renaissance

By Simon Rocker, July 17, 2014

The busy Finchley Road which links Golders Green to Swiss Cottage is a far cry from the seaside. But those unable enjoy a coastal break might want to take a trip there - for the sand has arrived at JW3.

The new Jewish community centre is offering a "pop-up beach" on its piazza, which, in winter, sported an ice rink.

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When the wrestler met the Conservative MP

By Marcus Dysch, July 17, 2014

What do a Jewish MP and a professional wrestler have in common? Quite a lot it turns out.

In one of the more bizarre and unexpected of Westminster’s many meetings and debates, Conservative MP Lee Scott took part in a discussion with prominent Jewish American wrestler, Robbie E.

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