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Netanyahu forms panel to tackle tent city unrest

By Jennifer Lipman, August 8, 2011

Israel's Prime Minister has created a panel to explore the demands of the protesters who have gathered in Tel Aviv in recent weeks to highlight a number of social problems.

Benjamin Netanyahu said the panel of experts would sit down with the leaders of the so-called "tent city" protests, as they showed no sign of subsiding.

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Dating, just like in Babylon

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 8, 2011

An academic claims to have discovered the world's oldest existing Babylonian calendar, which shows that the Jewish dating system has changed little in 2,000 years.

Dr Helen Jacobus, who was recently awarded PhD by Manchester University, is the first academic to decipher the document which was found with the Dead Sea Scrolls into a calendar capable of calculations.

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Day I told my Orthodox dad that I was gay

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 8, 2011

A gay Jewish man will explain how he revealed his sexuality to his Orthodox family on Channel 4's The Sex Education Show.

Oli Kasin, a Manchester University student from London, talks frankly about struggling as a gay Jew on the programme famous for its controversial full-frontal shots of genitalia.

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Israel an issue on new e-petitions website

By Jennifer Lipman, August 5, 2011

The government's new "e-petitions" website has already attracted attention from a number of pro and anti-Israel campaigners.

Launched this week, the site allows voters to register a petition on any subject. If they manage to attract more than 100,000 signatures, the point could be debated by MPs in the House of Commons.

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Israel gap year could boost university application

By Jennifer Lipman, August 5, 2011

Participants on gap year schemes in Israel could find that their time abroad helps them win a university place.

Students can boost their Ucas tariff points by 70 points – equivalent to an A grade at AS Level – by earning a Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (Cope).

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Blues failed Yossi, say fans

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

Chelsea FC's decision formally to complain about antisemitic abuse directed at Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun by Malaysian football fans has been met with a mixed reaction.

The swift action was praised by the Community Security Trust and the Zionist Federation, along with anti-racism group Kick it Out.

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Ebay book arrives with hate graffiti

By Jessica Elgot, August 4, 2011

Police are investigating after antisemitic graffiti and swastikas were discovered on an invoice for books sent from Britain to Israel via eBay.

Israeli Faith Romano said she was shocked to discover the words "Hitler", "SS" and "Jude" on an invoice sent to her son Michael, 24, who lives in Roash Hay'ayin.

The invoice, which accompanied the book Sumo: From Rite to Sport, was sent from eBay sal

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'Wrong to link up with Methodists'

By Marcus Dysch, August 4, 2011

An expert on Christian-Jewish relations believes British Jews should have cut off all contact with the Methodist Church following its adoption of an anti-Israel policy.

Malcolm Lowe, a Bible scholar who has lectured at the Hebrew University, criticised attempts by the Jewish community to repair relations following last year's Methodist conference.

At the June 2010 conference, delegates voted

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Chinese restaurant attacker's appeal is dismissed

August 4, 2011

A thug who slashed the throat of a man with a Stanley knife in Chinese restaurant in Golders Green, has been told by judges that he deserved his indefinite jail term.

Jacob Charles Butchoff attacked Jonathan Kaae-Mortensen from behind before stabbing him, a court heard.

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Jewish Minister 'has agenda to damage Church'

By Padraig Reidy and Jessica Elgot, August 4, 2011

A priest in County Kilkenny, Ireland, has accused Jewish Justice Minister Alan Shatter of having a "vested interest" in damaging the Church through the government's investigation into child abuse.

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