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Farming Minister supports plans to label kosher meat

By Robyn Rosen, April 7, 2011

The Farming Minister, Jim Paice, has said that in "an ideal world" kosher meat which has been slaughtered without pre-stunning would be banned.

Mr Paice also said he supported plans to label kosher meat, to keep people in the non-kosher market, which consumes 70 per cent of shechitah-slaughtered meat, well informed.

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Promise critics: Stop moaning, you have Friday Night Dinner

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

The chief executive of Channel 4 has dismissed Jewish and Israeli concerns over The Promise and claimed that comedy series Friday Night Dinner was an example of "balance" in the station's programming.

David Abraham said British Jewish life was portrayed "very positively" in the sitcom about a family meeting for a Shabbat-style meal.

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El Al bomb plot man could be free soon

By Jennifer Lipman, April 7, 2011

A terrorist jailed for 45 years in 1986 for plotting to blow up an Israeli plane could be released early after High Court judges ruled against the government.

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Gems editor sorry for 'blood diamond' boycott letter

By Jessica Elgot, April 7, 2011

A magazine editor has made an unprecedented apology over the publication of a "star letter" which called for diamonds polished in Israel to be labelled "blood diamonds".

Retail Jeweller magazine, published by Emap, was withdrawn from the Baselworld Jewellery Fair in Switzerland last month because of concerns about the letter from Irish Palestinian Solidarity campaigner Sean Clinton.

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Teen dies in Finchley road tragedy

By Jessica Elgot, April 7, 2011

The teenage son of a Hatton Garden businessman has died after being hit by a car.

Would-be boxer Jourdan Deal, 19, was hit by a Renault Clio as he crossed Regent's Park Road, Finchley, on Friday.

He was a student at Regent's Park Business College and the son of Jonathan Deal, owner of the Heart of Hatton Garden jewellery store, who lives in Finchley with his wife Susan.

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Quakers ban West Bank settler goods

April 7, 2011

British Quakers have voted to boycott goods from "illegal" Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Representatives of the pacifist movement's 23,000 supporters said that the decision, taken at a meeting last Saturday, would give hope to Palestinians and those working for peace in Israel.

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Commentators give a mixed reaction

By Jennifer Lipman, April 7, 2011

Judge Goldstone's mea culpa has met with contrasting reactions.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Just Journalism director Michael Weiss noted that the recantation was akin to Karl Marx declaring that capitalism is "where it's at".

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Let Kaufman be the last, say MPs

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

MPs have urged the Labour Party to tackle the issue of offensive comments made by MPs, following Sir Gerald Kaufman's "the Jews again" comment last week.

John Mann MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, has written to Labour leader Ed Miliband, Parliamentary Labour Party chair Tony Lloyd and the party's chief whip to ask what will be done to stop future remarks.

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New bid to jumpstart Middle East peace

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 7, 2011

Forty prominent Israeli opinion-makers, including former senior officers in the IDF and other Israeli security services, have published a new peace initiative, including the foundation of a Palestinian state with a capital in East Jerusalem and an Israeli retreat from the Golan Heights.

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Bury Council finally set to wave the flag for Israel

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 7, 2011

Bury Council has reversed its decision not to allow the Israeli flag to fly at its town hall on Yom Ha'atzmaut.

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