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Press Complaints Commission raps Guardian over Mavi Marmara claim

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2012

The Guardian has been forced to clarify a story about the May 2010 Gaza flotilla, which tried to breach the Israeli blockade, suggesting that anti-Israel activists on board had been unarmed.

The story, published in May, reported on the Israeli government offering £4 million in compensation to the families of Turkish activists killed on the Mavi Marmara ship, which led the flotilla.

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Ambassador attacks Lib Dem Simon Hughes over 'one state' comments

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2012

Israel’s ambassador to Britain has attacked the Liberal Democrat deputy leader for suggesting a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict was no longer possible because of settlement building.

Daniel Taub said Simon Hughes was “playing into the hands of extremists” by advocating an approach that would “signal the end of the Jewish homeland”.

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I was angry with my ex-lodger — so I sent her dog poo at work

By Anna Sheinman, September 27, 2012

A Golders Green woman who sent dog excrement in the post to a former lodger received a harassment conviction and a conviction for assault on a police officer, at City of London Magistrates’ court last week.

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'Drugs Live' scientist hails rare opportunity

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2012

A scientist involved with a television programme featuring public figures taking ecstasy has praised it for offering an "unusual opportunity" for studying the aftereffects of the drug.

Dr Jonathan Roiser, from UCL's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, is set to appear in the second installment of Channel 4's "Drugs Live: the Ecstasy Trial" programme.

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Teenager appears in court on burglary charge

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2012

A Jewish teenager has appeared in court charged with burglary.

Uriel Broder was charged with one count of burglary following an alleged incident on Sunday.

It is understood that a Jewish family reported a break-in at a property in Golders Green Road.

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Negative Israel travel piece was 'valid', claims The Times

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2012

The Times has stood by a travel piece about Israel that described the country as remaining “a place of barely contained warfare.”

The piece, headlined “Enjoy Jerusalem with a stunning sea view” appeared in the paper’s Saturday travel section on September 15 and told readers that “fear of violence has cut tourism to Israel”.

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No charges for race hate on Facebook

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 27, 2012

No charges of internet race hate will be brought against five men associated with a far-right group which runs antisemitic Facebook pages.

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Stockbroker Nicholas Levene faces jail

By Anna Sheinman, September 25, 2012

City stockbroker Nicholas Levene faces a “substantial” jail term after he pleaded guilty, at Southwark Crown Court on Monday, to cheating investors out of £32m.

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Ilford MP Lee Scott made Chris Grayling's secretary

By Anna Sheinman, September 24, 2012

Ilford North MP Lee Scott has been appointed as the parliamentary private secretary to the new Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling. Mr Scott will attend future meetings of the Justice ministerial team.

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National Front’s Le Pen calls for kippah ban

By Anna Sheinman, September 21, 2012

Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right party the National Front, has called for a public ban of kippot along with Muslim headscarves and other religious symbols.

In an interview with French newspaper Le Monde released earlier today, she called for a ban of headscarves “in shops, on public transport, in the street…”

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