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Merseyside police appoint first Jewish chaplain

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 29, 2011

Merseyside Police's chief constable has welcomed the force's first Jewish chaplain who may be called upon to support officers on traumatic crime scenes.

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Family 'ran $7m drugs and sex ring'

By Ellen Tumposky, July 28, 2011

A Russian Jew and his wife ran a high-end prostitution ring that catered to Wall Street customers who would spend up to $10,000 a night for sex and drugs, according to prosecutors in Brooklyn.

Mikhail Yampolsky and his wife, Bronislava, were among 17 people indicted last week after an investigation into their business, High Class NY.

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IVF couple's last-ditch baby plea

By Jessica Elgot, July 28, 2011

A couple who have spent seven years trying for a baby, spending £35,000 on IVF treatment, have been told that egg donation could be their last chance for a family.

The couple, who have chosen to stay anonymous, have gone through seven bouts of IVF after the husband was told he had a low sperm count. In April, the wife became pregnant, but miscarried a month later.

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Jersey MP gets more hate mail

By Robyn Rosen, July 28, 2011

Jersey's deputy chief minister, Freddie Cohen, has once again been the victim of antisemitic hate mail just weeks after announcing he would step down following a racist death threat.

Senator Cohen, the former president of Jersey's 65-family Jewish community, said he and his family were left "deeply upset" after receiving the letter at his home address.

"The content is traditional, deep-roote

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Rich talk for Israel critics

By Simon Rocker, July 28, 2011

Rabbi Danny Rich, the chief executive of Liberal Judaism, has defended his participation in an event predominantly featuring speakers from organisations highly critical of Israel.

He will be keynote speaker at a seminar next month on "Israel/ Palestine", organised in west London by a Liberal-affiliated synagogue, Beit Klal Yisrael (BKY).

Speakers include Diana Neslen of Jews for Justice for

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Israel off Spanish clothing map at Pull and Bear

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

In almost any shopping mall in Israel you will find the clothing store Pull and Bear - there are 22 outlets across the country.

In its UK flagship Oxford Street store, however, you won't find mention of an Israeli presence.

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Olympics countdown: UK envoy tells Knesset door is open

By Jessica Elgot, July 28, 2011

With one year to go before the London 2012 Olympics, British ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould has extended an open invitation to Britain to Israeli athletes, students, sports fans and business people, calling the UK "a natural partner for Israel".

During a speech at the Knesset on Wednesday, Mr Gould said that Israelis would be welcome in the UK, both for the Olympic Games and after.

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Spin doctors get a surgery

By Robyn Rosen, July 28, 2011

Campaigners are being given lessons in combating anti-Israel rhetoric in the media.

Around 30 people took part in the Zionist Federation's Writing Course for Israel Advocates in London on Sunday where they learnt about writing letters to the editor, effective blogging and how to respond on forums, Facebook and Twitter.

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Volunteers join forces to stand behind Israel

By Marcus Dysch, July 28, 2011

Grassroots supporters of Israel are rallying to defend the country from the "assault on its legitimacy" in Britain, according to the man tasked with co-ordinating a new advocacy project.

Steven Jaffe said community groups were now increasingly running their own letter-writing campaigns, sharing successful ideas, and co-ordinating media appearances.

After May's We Believe in Israel conference

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Lush: Saudia Arabia gets under our skin

By Jessica Elgot, July 28, 2011

Skincare company Lush says concerns about the lack of a "mixed" workforce would prevent it opening a store in Israel - but it operates stores in Saudi Arabia.

And this week the company, which has just opened a new store in Brent Cross, north-west London, defended its decision to promote a pro-Palestinian song on its website.

Customers have been challenging staff in the Lush store in Brent Cr

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