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Police probe George Galloway call to make Bradford an 'Israel-free zone'

By JC Reporter, August 8, 2014

Remarks by George Galloway that Bradford has been "declared an Israel-free zone" are being investigated by West Yorkshire Police.

The comments, made at a meeting of Respect Party activists in Leeds, were posted on YouTube.

Mr Galloway, MP for Bradford West said: "We have declared Bradford an Israel-free zone.

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Demonstrators at Tricycle protest against UK Jewish Film Festival boycott

By Sandy Rashty, August 7, 2014

Around 250 people gathered outside the Tricycle Theatre on Thursday evening to protest against the venue's decision to boycott the UK Jewish Film Festival over its ties with Israel.

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Man refused wife a get but stalked her

By Simon Rocker, August 7, 2014

A property developer from Golders Green who has refused his estranged wife a get has been found guilty of stalking her.

Yossi Elkoubi was convicted at Willesden Magistrates Court last Friday of behaviour amounting to harassment of Rifka Meyer, to whom he was married in a religious but not a civil ceremony in 2009. They have been separated for two years.

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Gaza adds poignancy to candlelit memorial

By Daniel Easterman, August 7, 2014

Jewish leaders and former soldiers gathered for a candlelit service on Monday to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.

The event, jointly organised by the Board of Deputies2014-08-07 17:39:18 +0100, was part of the national "Lights Out" campaign, which called on people to switch off their lights in unison to mark the moment Britain entered the Great War in 1914.

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The backlash continues: hate crimes soar to a six-year high

August 7, 2014

July was the second worst month on record for antisemitic incidents after the fallout from Israel's Operation Cast Lead in December 2008.

The Community Security Trust said they expect to record up to 240 incidents for the month, what a spokesman called "a serious figure".

Two Israeli theatre companies were forced to cancel their shows at the Edinburgh fringe after protests.

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Mick Davis: why it's right to back Israel

By Simon Rocker, August 7, 2014

Jewish Leadership Council chairman Mick Davis, strongly defended Israel's campaign in an article in the Sunday Times.

He wrote that every "right-thinking person" should side with Israel in its conflict with Hamas.

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Manchester shop staff hold their own protest over Kedem demonstrations

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 7, 2014

Retailers in Manchester are calling on police to move protesters away from city centre shops because the disruption is causing the loss of thousands of pounds worth of business.

Pro-Palestinian activists have been demonstrating outside Kedem, an Israeli cosmetics store, since the Gaza conflict began.

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Outrage as anti-Hamas ad rejected

By Simon Rocker, August 7, 2014

The Times has rejected a pro-Israel advertisement which carries a denunciation of Hamas by Shoah survivor and Nobel Peace Prize-winner Elie Wiesel.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, co-producer of the advert - headlined "Jews rejected child sacrifice 3,500 years ago. Now it is Hamas's turn" - said he was shocked at the newspaper's decision to refuse it.

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Warsi: Was she already on her way out?

August 7, 2014

David Cameron has resisted party pressure to adopt a more hardline response to Israel's actions in Gaza.

Backbench efforts to force a change in position were boosted when Foreign Office minister Baroness Warsi quit because she could no longer support the government line.

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Miliband: MPs call judgment into question

August 7, 2014

Ed Miliband's position on Israel has been attacked by former Labour ministers, Jewish party supporters and the Jewish Leadership Council.

The Labour leader has adopted an increasingly tough stance, calling Operation Protective Edge "wrong and unjustifiable" and he has attacked David Cameron for not opposing Israel's actions.

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