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Commentators give a mixed reaction

By Jennifer Lipman, April 7, 2011

Judge Goldstone's mea culpa has met with contrasting reactions.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Just Journalism director Michael Weiss noted that the recantation was akin to Karl Marx declaring that capitalism is "where it's at".

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Let Kaufman be the last, say MPs

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

MPs have urged the Labour Party to tackle the issue of offensive comments made by MPs, following Sir Gerald Kaufman's "the Jews again" comment last week.

John Mann MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, has written to Labour leader Ed Miliband, Parliamentary Labour Party chair Tony Lloyd and the party's chief whip to ask what will be done to stop future remarks.

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New bid to jumpstart Middle East peace

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2011

Forty prominent Israeli opinion-makers, including former senior officers in the IDF and other Israeli security services, have published a new peace initiative, including the foundation of a Palestinian state with a capital in East Jerusalem and an Israeli retreat from the Golan Heights.

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Bury Council finally set to wave the flag for Israel

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 7, 2011

Bury Council has reversed its decision not to allow the Israeli flag to fly at its town hall on Yom Ha'atzmaut.

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Attitude of Israeli press to Netanyahu allegations is 'chutzpah'

April 7, 2011

The Manchester philanthropist who paid for Binyamin Netanyahu's luxurious stay at London's Connaught Hotel in 2006 has denied that the Board of Deputies was involved in the £15,000 stay.

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Advertising chief Mendelsohn: UK must beat Mad Men

By Jennifer Lipman, April 7, 2011

The first female president of the UK's main advertising body has expressed her hope that British firms can rival Manhattan's Mad Men.

Nicola Mendelsohn, a well-known figure in the advertising industry, took on the top job at the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) this week after being nominated for the role in December.

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Kafka's personal letters sold to Oxford library

By Jennifer Lipman, April 7, 2011

Oxford University's library has bought a collection of letters that shed light on Jewish writer Franz Kafka's personal life.

The collection, sold to the Bodleian for an undisclosed sum this week includes more than 100 letters and colour postcards sent by Kafka to his youngest sister Ottla in the early 20th century.

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'Kind and generous' road crash teenager mourned

By Jessica Elgot, April 6, 2011

The "friendly, kind and generous" teenage son of a Hatton Garden businessman has been killed after being hit by a car.

Jourdan Deal, 19, who had ambitions to take up boxing, died of severe head injuries when he was hit by a black Renault Clio as he was crossing Regent's Park Road, Finchley last Friday evening.

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Foreign Office still backing Goldstone Report

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2011

The British Foreign Office has expressed continued support for the controversial Goldstone Report into IDF actions in Gaza two years ago, despite its author's recent statements questioning the findings.

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Howard Jacobson shortlisted for 'Jewish Booker' prize

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2011

Booker prize winner Howard Jacobson has been nominated for British Jewry's top literary award.

Mr Jacobson's The Finkler Question is one of six books, both fiction and non-fiction, shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize.

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