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Irish TV host: ‘Israel is cancer’

By Anna Sheinman, October 25, 2012

A renowned Irish broadcaster has referred to Israel as a “cancer”.

Speaking about the US presidential debates on Tuesday night, Vincent Browne lamented the lack of discussion of American support for Israel. “Israel is the cancer in foreign affairs,” he said, adding: “It’s a massive injustice — they stole the land from the Arabs.”

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Terror trial: ‘Would-be suicide bombers discussed gun attack on synagogue’

By JC REPORTER, October 25, 2012

The three Birmingham men accused of plotting a huge terror attack in the UK discussed storming a synagogue armed with guns had they been unable to make a bomb, a court heard today.

The would-be suicide bombers made a bungled attempt to destroy blueprints for a terror attack more deadly than 7/7, the court heard.

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Batsheva director: the show will go on

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2012

The artistic director of Israel's Batsheva Dance Company has said he is saddened by the fact that his performers are being targeted by supporters of a cultural boycott of the Jewish state.

The company appeared on three consecutive nights at the Edinburgh International Festival at the end of the summer, but each show was disrupted on a number of occasions by pro-Palestinian activists.

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Former EDL Jewish leader claims Islamic centre 'could lead to attacks'

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2012

The leader of an extreme right-wing Jewish group has been condemned for claiming that a proposed Muslim community centre would lead to attacks on Jews.

Roberta Moore, head of the UK branch of the Jewish Defence League, wrote to Camden Council complaining about the proposed conversion of a shop in Cricklewood, north London.

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University students disrupt Israeli ambassador talk

By Anna Sheinman, October 25, 2012

A talk by Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub at Edinburgh University, organised by the Politics and International Relations Society and attended by 150 students on Wednesday evening, was disrupted by chanting students waving Palestinian flags.

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A just war? That’s just not Jewish, says ex-envoy

By Anna Sheinman, October 25, 2012

Peter Jenkins, Britain’s former representative on the International Atomic Energy Agency, has told the debating union at Warwick University that a just war is not a Jewish notion.

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‘Security’ scuppers Israel dance event in Brighton

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2012

A concert venue in Brighton has been accused of “giving in too easily” for cancelling an Israeli dance company’s performance following a campaign by anti-Israel activists.

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Lament for the lost latkes

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2012

Latke lovers are in crisis after food company Rakusen’s shelved Britain’s most popular kosher frozen potato products.

Fans of the treat have said that Chanucah will never be the same after Rakusen’s ended production of its Mister Rak’s range.

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MEPs vote to remove drug trade barriers

By Martin Bright, October 25, 2012

A major new agreement to open up the trade in medicines between Israel and the European Union has been hailed as a significant victory over the boycott movement.

The deal removes barriers to trade in pharmaceuticals in both directions, and will have a direct effect on Britain by making Israeli medicines more quickly and more cheaply available in this country.

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Holocaust denying Bishop banned from Catholic group

By Sahar Zivan, October 24, 2012

Holocaust denier Bishop Richard Williamson has been expelled from the niche Catholic group of which he was a leading member.

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