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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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Mayor's hi-tech hopes

By Robyn Rosen, July 28, 2011

The Lord Mayor of London has said that the capital is a "natural home for Israeli companies" after returning from leading a business delegation to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

Michael Bear, a member of New North London Synagogue, visited Israel earlier this month to promote UK-based financial and professional services and to explore opportunities in the OPT.

He met Israel

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Gap year applicants almost halved in 2011

By Simon Rocker, July 28, 2011

The number of British participants on gap year schemes in Israel has dramatically dived as 18-year-olds try to beat the rise in university tuition fees.

According to the UJIA, just 57 people have signed up to go out to Israel on gap programmes this autumn, compared with 162 last year.

The number going to yeshivah or seminary in Israel also looks set to drop, currently standing at an estimate

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NUS fails to reverse its anti-Israel policy

By Marcus Dysch, July 28, 2011

The new president of the National Union of Students has rejected the opportunity to repeal the union's new anti-Israel policy, despite previously indicating he would act on Jewish students' concerns.

Liam Burns, who took over the presidency this month, had offered assurances that the measures would be diluted or overturned at the first national executive council meeting under his leadership.

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Amy Winehouse: To others she was known as Mummy

By Chas Newkey-Burden, July 28, 2011

Amy Winehouse was called many things during her short, eventful life: a genius, a junkie, a diva, even a hooligan.

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Amy Winehouse: a frail little girl on course of self destruction

By Robyn Rosen, July 28, 2011

The rabbi who conducted Amy Winehouse's funeral service spoke for the first time this week of the trauma for her parents who lost their singer-sognwriter daughter.

Former Finchley Progressive Synagogue minister Rabbi Frank Hellner was asked to conduct the funeral service after a friend of Amy's father, who works with the rabbi's wife at Hendon Reform Synagogue, suggested him.

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MPs meet Hamas in Gaza City

By Marcus Dysch, July 28, 2011

The leaders of the Labour and Liberal Democrat parliamentary parties have met Hamas leader Ismail Haniyah during a visit to Gaza.

Parliamentary Labour Party chair Tony Lloyd MP and Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party chair Lorely Burt MP met Hamas officials on Sunday.

The pair were part of a delegation of 12 British parliamentarians, including one Green Party MEP and a number of Scottish MP

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BBC Today programme complaint upheld

By Simon Rocker, July 28, 2011

The BBC Trust has upheld a complaint of inaccuracy against Radio 4's Today programme over Israeli settlements.

On the programme of September 27 last year, presenter John Humphrys stated: "At midnight last night, the moratorium on Israelis building new settlements in the West Bank came to an end.

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Mark Ronson plays tribute gig to genius Amy Winehouse

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

Mark Ronson has played a tribute concert to Amy Winehouse a day after he attended the funeral of the 27-year-old singer.

Despite some public spats, the two Jewish stars were close and Mr Ronson produced the singer's second album Back To Black.

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Justice Minister Djanogly accused of 'unethical' behaviour

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

The Information Commissioner is to look into whether a Conservative Justice Minister breached regulations on conduct by hiring private detectives.

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