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Blair insists peace talks are inevitable

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

Tony Blair believes Israel and the Palestinians have "no alternative" other than a return to peace negotiations.

The Quartet's Middle East envoy said the growth of the Palestinian economy, coupled with improved security for Israel and a resolution to the current political stalemate, could realistically bring a successful conclusion to the peace process.

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Liberals celebrate a same-sex wedding

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 2, 2011

The first same-sex Jewish ceremony officially to be termed a marriage by Liberal Judaism has taken place in Manchester.

Last Sunday, Manchester Liberal Jewish Community members Jeffrey Levine and Roman Hunter-Fox exchanged vows, a ketubah and rings under a chuppah at the city's Lowry Hotel.

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The far-right Jewish voice split and in 'disarray '

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

The hardline Jewish activist Roberta Moore was this week accused of being a divisive figure in the far-right's attempts to enlist support from members of the mainstream Jewish community.

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Boycott council in new Protocols row

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

A council at the centre of a row over its boycott of Israel is facing new criticism after it admitted lending a notorious antisemitic book.

West Dunbartonshire Council said it had bought a copy of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion in January, after a request from library member Ron Vallance, a Scottish Friends of Israel activist.

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He 'lost' £39,000 rather than see Hitler celebrated

By Jessica Elgot, June 2, 2011

A cast-iron bust of Adolf Hitler, hidden in a Yorkshire attic for 60 years, has been donated to Yad Vashem after celebrity antique dealer Andrew Lamberty bought it for £1,000.

But the sinister bronze head, found by British troops during the liberation of Bergen-Belsen, would have been worth £40,000 if Mr Lamberty had decided to sell it on the open market.

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Free schools row over Sacks' backing

By Robyn Rosen, June 2, 2011

The Chief Rabbi has been accused of a U-turn after endorsing plans for an Orthodox school which could offer up to 50 per cent of places to non-Jewish children.

Parents in Golders Green have applied to the government to open a free primary school there. The school has the backing of Lord Sacks and will be presided over by Golders Green United Synagogue's Rabbi Harvey Belovski.

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Becks batmitzvah in style with Usher video

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

A batmitzvah video featuring a father-of-five rapping to Usher's OMG has attracted thousands of hits on YouTube.

Laurence Beck, a chartered surveyor from Radlett, wanted to make sure his daughters, September and Tiger Lily, aged 13 and 12, had unforgettable nights when they marked their batmitzvahs last month.

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Jury to rule in Salmonella wedding case

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 2, 2011

An inquest into the death of a Jewish woman, who allegedly contracted salmonella at a kosher wedding, will also investigate concerns over her hospital treatment.

Last Friday at a pre-inquest hearing, Manchester's coroner confirmed that a jury will be required to decide how and why 82-year-old Rene Kwartz, from Crumpsall, died at North Manchester General Hospital last August.

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University and College Union is 'institutionally racist'

By Martin Bright, June 2, 2011

The leaders of the Jewish community have recorded their outrage at the University and College Union, which has voted to distance itself from the European Union's working definition of antisemitism, at its annual congress in Harrogate.

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Guess how many Irish people would ban Israelis from their homes

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

The depth of anti-Israel and antisemitic feeling in Ireland has been revealed in a new study into pluralism in the country.

The report found that not only would one in five Irish people bar Israelis from becoming naturalised Irish citizens - but 11 per cent would stop all Jews taking up Irish citizenship.

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