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FW de Klerk warns Israel must find peace to avoid apartheid risk

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2014

Israel and the Palestinians should use the example of South Africa’s reconciliation to achieve a lasting peace, according to FW de Klerk.

The former South African president said that he did not believe Israel was an apartheid state, but warned that it ran the risk of becoming one if it squandered the opportunity to reach a peace deal as soon as possible.


Proud Zionist Simon Schama defends Israel’s action in Gaza

By Daniel Easterman, September 16, 2014

Historian Simon Schama has launched a stirring defence of Israel’s military operation in Gaza, strongly rejecting allegations that its forces were guilty of war crimes.

Speaking as guest of honour at the UJIA annual dinner, Mr Schama said: “We are not the killers of children. We grieve when the blood of innocent children is spilt because rockets are stored underneath or outside schools.


Security guard bars Jewish schoolboys from entering sports shop

By Sandy Rashty, September 15, 2014

Leading retailer Sports Direct has apologised to customers after a security guard allegedly barred “Jews” from entering its store.

The security guard was removed from the store after he told Jewish students - Nathan Rosen and Daniel Levitan - they could not enter the branch in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, on Friday afternoon.


Statue of Amy Winehouse unveiled in London

By Rosa Doherty, September 15, 2014

A statue in memory of Amy Winehouse has been unveiled in London.

The bronze sculpture showcases the star’s signature beehive hairstyle, star of David necklace and a red rose in her hair.

The memorial was placed in the Stables Market in Camden to commemorate the Back to Black singer, who died three years ago of alcohol poisoning aged 27.


Alex Salmond compares Israel to Islamic State after David Haines beheading

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2014

Scottish politician Alex Salmond appeared to compare the Islamic State terror group’s beheading of a British aid worker to the actions of the Israeli government in controversial comments on Sunday.


JFS loses 'Outstanding' status

By Charlotte Oliver, September 12, 2014

JFS has been downgraded from an “outstanding” school to a “school that requires improvement”, following an unannounced Ofsted inspection two months ago.


Interview: Joseph Dweck

By Simon Rocker, September 12, 2014

The St John's Wood home occupied by Britain's previous three chief rabbis has been vacant for nearly a year, with Chief Rabbi Mirvis having opted for Hendon instead.

But the impressive period residence has recently acquired a new tenant - Rabbi Joseph Dweck, the senior rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation, who will be installed into office on Sunday week.


Grassroots groups to campaign against Qatar over Hamas links

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2014

A coalition of grassroots Israel advocacy groups are set to launch a campaign against Qatar’s role in backing Hamas.

Sussex Friends of Israel, the Pro-Israel Response Group and the Israel Forum Task Force will protest against Doha’s funding of the group.

Their campaign will get under way on September 21 with a rally outside the Qatari embassy in central London.


New statue commemorates former London deputy mayor Sir Simon Milton

By Sophie Lipton, September 12, 2014

A statue of former London deputy mayor Sir Simon Milton has been unveiled in the capital.

The sculpture was revealed at a ceremony attended by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles,

Sir Simon, who died in 2011 at the age of 49 after a long battle against cancer, was deputy mayor for planning and policy and chief of staff to mayor Boris Johnson.


UK students reject chance to study in Israel

By Michael Knipe, September 12, 2014

British graduates are missing out on scholarships to study at Israeli universities because of students' negative attitudes towards Israel.

For more than 40 years two educational trusts administered by the Anglo-Israel Association (AIA) have awarded scholarships for graduates to undertaking research at Israeli universities and for Israelis to study at British institutions.