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David Cameron tells Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub: 'You will be missed'

By Marcus Dysch, July 14, 2015

David Cameron has written to outgoing Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub to thank him for his diplomatic work during four years in Britain.

The Prime Minister said Mr Taub had played a “crucial role” in improving ties between the countries.

In a hand-written note at the end of the letter, Mr Cameron thanked the ambassador for “the many kind things you have said about me”.


Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn: Why I called Hamas our friends

July 14, 2015

MP Jeremy Corbyn has explained why he described Hamas and Hezbollah as “friends” during a parliamentary meeting on the Middle East.

The Labour leadership candidate said he had used the term in a "collective way" but insisted he does not agree with what either organisation does.


Joshua Bonehill-Paine denied bail at court hearing

By Naomi Firsht, July 13, 2015

A 22-year-old man has been remanded in custody until September after appearing in court charged with inciting racial hatred.

Joshua Bonehill-Paine was denied bail at Southwark Crown Court on Monday.

He is charged with publishing or distributing written material intended to incite racial hatred.


Jerry Springer thanks World Jewish Relief for family records

By Marcus Dysch, July 13, 2015

American television host Jerry Springer has visited Britain to support the work of World Jewish Relief.

The charity rescued Mr Springer’s parents and brought them to this country from Nazi Germany a month before the outbreak of war in 1939.


Britain's new ambassador to Israel begins work

By Marcus Dysch, July 13, 2015

Britain's new ambassador to Israel begins work in the post today.

David Quarrey takes up the post in Tel Aviv following the end of Matthew Gould's five-year stint.

A Foreign Office veteran, Mr Quarrey was previously a private secretary to Tony Blair during the Labour leader's time as Prime Minister.


Neo-Nazis planning anti-Shomrim demonstration for Finchley

By Josh Jackman, July 10, 2015

A white supremacist group has said it is planning a new demonstration to oppose a Jewish volunteer security organisation.

The New Dawn Party, which attended last Saturday’s neo-Nazi demonstration in central London, has revealed that it will run a protest opposing the Shomrim group in Finchley, north London, in September.


'Utter hypocrite' Todros Grynhaus jailed for 13 years for sex assaults

July 10, 2015

A Jewish teacher and rabbi’s son who molested two teenage girls was “an utter hypocrite” who professed his Orthodox faith while “cynically condemning his victims to suffer”, a judge has said.

Todros Grynhaus, 50, was jailed for 13 years and two months on Friday.

He must pay one victim £45,000 and the other £35,000 in compensation as well as prosecution costs of £35,000.


Todros Grynhaus jailed for sexual assaults

July 10, 2015

A Jewish teacher turned businessman has been jailed following his conviction for a series of sexual assaults on teenage girls.

Todros Grynhaus, 50, was sentenced to 13 years and two months in jail at court in Manchester on Friday.

He was also handed an extended four year licence.


UK Israel Tech Hub wins Foreign Office innovation award

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2015

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has presented an award for innovation to the UK Israel Tech Hub at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Outgoing ambassador Matthew Gould said he was “very proud of my old colleagues” at the Hub on receipt of the Diplomatic Excellence: Encouraging Innovation award.


Iran nuclear deadline passes and still no deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 9, 2015

As what was supposed to be the final round of talks between the P5+1 group of world powers and Iran over a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme was heading to the end of its second, unscheduled week, it was unclear whether a deal could be reached, or whether a deadline to achieve one still existed.