UK news

Vote at EU is new threat to Shechitah

By Simon Rocker, April 28, 2011

Shechitah defence activists stepped up lobbying this week after Euro-MPs raised a fresh threat by voting again for meat labels to state if an animal has not been stunned before slaughter.

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Palestinian unions say no to Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, April 28, 2011

Palestinian trade unions have encouraged Britain's biggest public sector union, Unison, to maintain its links with Israeli counterparts.

A delegation of Unison officials visited Israel and the Palestinian territories to review its relationship with the Histadrut (Israeli TUC).

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BBC clears Panorama on flotilla

By Marcus Dysch, April 28, 2011

A Panorama programme which investigated the Gaza flotilla incident has been largely cleared of inaccuracy and partiality by the BBC's editorial standards body.

The BBC Trust apologised for three breaches of accuracy and impartiality, but rejected dozens of complaints from Palestine Solidarity Campaign supporters.

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Dad buried £80k gold in Hackney back yard

By Jessica Elgot, April 28, 2011

An "unprecedented" gold hoard of rare American coins, buried by a German Jewish man in Hackney, has been dug up and will now be returned to his family.

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The Promise: still the row rages

By Howard Jacobson, April 28, 2011

So that's Passover done with for another year.

Except that Passover is never done with. To me it's the greatest Jewish festival because the story is so good. We sit around the Seder table and relate, over and over, as though we still can't believe it, our escape from Egypt. Every depiction of the Last Supper shows Jesus relating the same story.

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Amnesty to host anti-Israel Atwan talk

By Marcus Dysch, April 28, 2011

Amnesty International has defended its planned hosting of an anti-Israel event featuring guest speakers including controversial journalist Abdel Bari Atwan.

Mr Atwan was investigated by police following a lecture last December in which he called Jewish students "Nazis" and repeatedly referred to "the Jewish lobby" controlling America.

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Apology for LSE professor slap threat

April 28, 2011

A senior LSE professor has apologised for threatening to slap a Board of Deputies vice-president.

Anthropology specialist Martha Mundy was listening to a debate on Israel at the school in January when she clashed with Jonathan Arkush.

She told him: "I want to give you a slap in the face" and accused him of "professional defamation" over comments about her chairing of a previous event.

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Gyspy scare stories given Jewish makeover

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

A group campaigning for the rights of Britain's traveller communities has set up a website substituting the word gypsy in "blatantly racist" headlines with the word Jew.

The Dale Farm Solidarity group built Jewify to raise awareness of the "official institutions, mainstream politicians, or newspapers openly espousing…racism against Gypsies".

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'Scary': The Promise up for Bafta award

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

A controversial drama series about British Mandate Palestine has been nominated for the most important award in British television.

The Promise, written and produced by Peter Kosminsky and screened on Channel 4 earlier this year, is up for a 2011 Philips British Academy Television Award (Bafta) for Drama Serial.

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Ahava four convicted of trespass

By Jessica Elgot, April 21, 2011

Four activists who chained themselves to concrete block inside the London branch of Israel cosmetics shop Ahava were illegally trespassing, a judge has ruled.

All four defendants, who have been conditionally discharged, argued the store was committing "war crimes" by selling products from an Israeli settlement, Mitzpe Shalem, in the West Bank. They plan to appeal the verdict.

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