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The Gaza split

By Simon Rocker, July 24, 2014

The rising death toll in Gaza has led to a political split in the UK with David Cameron's staunch support of Israel's right to self-defence in stark contrast to criticism from Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg.

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Rachael Neustadt: "We are together as a family again. Now we just need time to heal"

By Sandy Rashty, July 24, 2014

Flanked by a child psychologist and court officials, Rachael Neustadt stood nervously at the doorway of a Moscow apartment, praying that the two sons from whom she had been separated for almost two years would be on the other side.

For much of that time, her only contact had been via Skype when the ex-husband who kidnapped them decreed.

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UK olim under fire: after denial, 'it's like the Blitz'

By Nathan Jeffay, July 24, 2014

Until Saturday night, Sara-Jane Landsman had never locked her front door.

"This is kibbutz, not Willesden where I grew up," she said. "But when I heard about the tunnels from Gaza, I locked the door for the first time in 28 years."

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Israel backed by thousands at London rally

By Sandy Rashty, July 24, 2014

Kensington High Street was awash with Israeli flags as British Jews demonstrated their support at a Zionist Federation (ZF) rally on Sunday.

An estimated 5,000 people - from children to grandparents – showed their solidarity, singing Am Yisrael Chai and the Hatikvah and holding aloft placards demanding an end to Hamas terrorism.

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Lib Dem MP David Ward reported to police over Gaza

By JC Reporter, July 24, 2014

A Liberal Democrat MP has been reported to the police after suggesting that he would probably fire rockets at Israel if he was living in Gaza.

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Attacks on UK Jews rising, reports the CST

By Rosa Doherty, July 24, 2014

Antisemitic incidents in Britain are rising in the wake of Israel's operation in Gaza.

The Community Security Trust says 70 incidents have been reported since July 8.

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Game on! for Mr Ceremony

By Sandy Rashty, July 24, 2014

An estimated 1.5 billion people across the globe were estimated to have watched the opening Commonwealth Games ceremony on Wednesday evening.

And David Zolkwer, the Jewish head of ceremonies, did not disappoint with a show-stopping singing and dancing spectacle, the brainchild of Mr Zolkwer, from Manchester.

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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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