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Israel and Gaza ceasefire efforts backed by Cameron and Miliband

By Marcus Dysch, November 21, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition leader Ed Miliband have repeated their calls for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Mr Cameron said peace would only be possible if Israelis and Palestinians resumed direct negotiations.

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Hague condemns Tel Aviv terror attack

By Sandy Rashty, November 21, 2012

Britain's Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that “terrorists must not be allowed to set the agenda” in comments after the attack on a bus in Tel Aviv this morning.

Mr Hague said: “The UK is deeply concerned at emerging reports of a bomb attack on a bus in Tel Aviv, which has seriously injured a number of people.

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Amnesty takes disciplinary action over official's "Jewish MPs" tweet

By Marcus Dysch, November 21, 2012

Amnesty International has started disciplinary action after a senior official sent an offensive tweet about three Jewish MPs.

Kristyan Benedict, the charity’s campaigns manager, took to Twitter during a Parliamentary debate about the violence in Israel and Gaza.

He wrote: “Louise Ellman, Robert Halfon and Luciana Berger walk into a bar…each orders a round of B52s … #Gaza”

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UK government reiterates Hamas responsibility in escalation of violence

By Martin Bright, November 20, 2012

Foreign Secretary William Hague used a statement in parliament on Tuesday to reiterate the UK government's view that Hamas should bear the principal responsibility for the escalation in violence in Gaza over the past week. The statement came as Israel announced it was suspending plans for a ground operation to allow talks in Egypt to take place to secure a truce.

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King cancels Board visit

November 16, 2012

The king of Jordan, King Abdullah, has cancelled his visit to London next week where he was due to be the special guest of the Board of Deputies of Briitish Jews at their annual fundraising dinner.

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Guardian cartoonist defends Netanyahu 'puppet-master' image

By Jennifer Lipman, November 16, 2012

The Guardian cartoonist behind an image implying that Jews are "omnipotent conspirators" has denied that he is in any way repeating an antisemitic trope.

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Unanimous UK Jewish communal organisations support for Israel over Gaza fighting

By Jennifer Lipman, November 16, 2012

Representatives of the Anglo-Jewish community of all political persuasions have joined together to express solidarity with Israel.

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Pro-Palestinian and Pro-Israel protests in London

By Anna Sheinman, November 16, 2012

Hundreds of protesters crowded the streets of South Kensington, close to the Israeli Embassy, on Thursday night in two demonstrations – one shouting “Free Palestine”, the other singing “Od Avinu Chai”.

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'Antisemitic' Guardian Gaza cartoon shows Jews as puppeteers

By Jennifer Lipman, November 16, 2012

A Guardian cartoon that implies that Jews are "omnipotent conspirators" has sparked furious debate online.

Barrister Jeremy Brier, who has already lodged a complaint about Steve Bell's drawing with the Press Complaints Commission, labelled the image "plainly antisemitic".

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Burglar used Hebrew code to break into Jewish school

By Anna Sheinman, November 16, 2012

A man has been found guilty of 15 separate burglaries of a Jewish primary school in Golders Green, where he repeatedly emptied the charity box to fund his cocaine and amphetamine addictions.

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