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Oldham police take on Nazi impersonators

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 19, 2010

Police in Oldham asked swastika-wearing Nazi impersonators at a village pub to remove the symbols for fear they would spark disorder at an event attended by 10,000 people.

Officers attended the Granby Arms pub in Saddleworth on Saturday, and found a number of men dressed as Nazis.

They were participating in "Yanks Are Back", an American-themed wartime heritage event for military vehicle enthusiasts, being run in the area last weekend. No arrests were made and the event passed off without incident.

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Young 'driven away' from British Jewish community

By Robyn Rosen, August 19, 2010

Young British Jews are being "driven away" from the community because they are under too much pressure from the older generation, according to one communal leader.

David Israel, UJIA fundraising manager, spoke on Tuesday about "what turns people off" as part of a four-day seminar on where the Jewish world will be in 2020.

It was held at the London Jewish Cultural Centre in north London.

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Thieves hit Liverpool synaogue roof

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 19, 2010

Merseyside police are investigating repeated thefts of large amounts of lead from the roof of Liverpool's Princes Road Synagogue.

Thousands of pounds' worth of damage is thought to have been caused to the Grade I-listed building.

The latest theft comes after £170,000 worth of repairs to Princes Road, funded by English Heritage and communal donations. The robbery has also caused rainwater to leak into the shul's annexe, causing further damage.

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Why Danny Ayalon picked this Manchester teen to defend Israel

By Jessica Elgot, August 19, 2010

A former Manchester schoolgirl has been leading Facebook's biggest pro-Israel campaign, despite being the target of pro-Palestinian hackers.

The group caught the attention of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which has given the campaigners the chance to conduct video interviews with government spokesman Mark Regev and Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon.

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Temporary home for key Jewish archive

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 19, 2010

Manchester City Council has solved a potentially serious problem for scores of Jewish studies students and researchers faced with the closure of Manchester's Central Library for three years of refurbishment.

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£100m claim for Klimt and Schiele artwork

By Jessica Elgot, August 19, 2010

A British man has found himself at the forefront of a £100m Holocaust restitution claim for a vast collection of paintings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.

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Israel to Hague: Come to see Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, August 19, 2010

William Hague will visit Israel within the next month on his first official visit to the region as Foreign Secretary - and has been invited by Israel's own Foreign Minister to visit Gaza.

The exact date of Mr Hague's trip is dependent on the completion of direct talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which are currently being planned.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has suggested that Mr Hague also travels to Gaza as part of a group of European foreign ministers.

That raises the prospect of Hamas asking to meet the ministers during their visit.

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BBC defends Panorama Gaza flotilla doc

By Jessica Elgot, August 18, 2010

BBC Panorama has issued a strong rebuff to viewers who claimed the programme "Death in the Med" - shown on Monday night - was biased in Israel’s favour.

Pro-Palestinian groups attacked the BBC for its criticism of those onboard the Gaza flotilla.

Presenter Jane Corbin concluded: “The bid to break the naval blockade wasn’t really about bringing aid to Gaza. It was a political move designed to put pressure on Israel and the international community.”

The Zionist Federation praised the documentary and urged supporters to thank the BBC for its fair coverage.

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Global conference backs RMT anti-Israel motion

By Robyn Rosen, August 18, 2010

A resolution calling on all transport companies to stop the movement of services to Israeli settlements has been passed with the backing of the British transport union.

The resolution, voted for by delegates at the annual International Transport Federation (ITF) conference, calls for action on “illegal Israeli settlements” and was passed last Thursday.

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Edinburgh council to discuss Israel boycott

By Jessica Elgot, August 18, 2010

Edinburgh City Council is debating tomorrow (Thursday) whether to sever ties with a waste company, because it operates in Israel.

Green Party Councillor Maggie Chapman has submitted a motion calling for a boycott of any environmental services contracts for the French company Veolia, and has demanded that its current contracts are not renewed.
She is supported by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and some other Opposition councillors, including Labour’s Angela Blacklock - who submitted a second motion on the same issue.

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