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Silences held despite IOC's refusal to mark Munich at Opening Ceremony

By Marcus Dysch and Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2012

Silences have been held around Britain to mark 40 years since 11 Israeli athletes were murdered during the 1972 Munich Olympics.

More than 20,000 people joined the Zionist Federation organised "Minute for Munich", a virtual silence conducted by individuals wherever they were at 11am, that had been promoted on social media.

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Cameron will attend Guildhall Munich commemoration

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2012

David Cameron has agreed to attend the Guildhall commemoration to mark the deaths of 11 Israeli athletes at the hands of Palestinian terrorists 40 years in Munich.

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Co-op stands by Syria, but remains defiant on Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2012

A petition signed by more than 4,000 people opposed to the Co-operative movement’s boycott of Israeli settlement products has been handed over to the company.

The Israel advocacy group We Believe collected 4,089 signatures after the Co-op adopted the stance in May.

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Kosher food at the London Olympics — it's a secret

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2012

Spectators hoping to buy kosher food at London 2012 may face an Olympian effort to locate their meals.

Strict rules on advertising at the Olympics means companies providing kosher meals cannot promote their products or tell Jewish spectators where the food will be available.

Kosher food producer Hermolis is among the companies contracted to create special meals during the Games.

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Medics ready for all comers at London 2012

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2012

Despite working out of the Olympic Village for the next fortnight, doctors Roger Wolman and David Elias are hoping that they don't bump into any of the world's premier athletes.

They are part of a team of 100 medical experts based in the Polyclinic in the Olympic Village over the course of the games, ready to treat any injuries.

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Antisemitic incidents rise slightly

By Simon Rocker, July 26, 2012

The number of antisemitic incidents in the UK rose fractionally in the first six months of this year compared to last year, probably due to new reporting methods.

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Hotel was 'duped' on far-right MEPs' event featuring BNP's Nick Griffin

By Marcus Dysch, July 26, 2012

A hotel which advertises itself as “the ideal venue for your Jewish wedding” says it was duped into hosting an event featuring BNP leader Nick Griffin.

The Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa on the Wirral, Cheshire, went ahead with the conference despite a campaign from anti-fascist activists to encourage it to cancel the booking.

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Cameron intervenes to lobby IOC for change of heart on Munich silence

By Martin Bright and Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2012

David Cameron has personally intervened in a last-minute attempt to provide a commemoration at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics for the victims of the 1972 Munich massacre.

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Radical transformation of Manchester couple convicted of terror plot

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 26, 2012

“I wouldn’t hurt anybody,” screamed the diminutive woman taken to the cells below Manchester Crown Court to begin an eight-year sentence for terrorism.

Shasta Khan, 38, a hairdresser from Oldham, had been found guilty of planning to blow up Jews in Manchester.

She and husband, Mohammed Sajid Khan, 33, became Britain’s first married couple to be convicted of terrorist offences.

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Munich silence ban: Rogge refuses to deny anti-Israel bias

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2012

The two Munich massacre widows who came to London to plead with IOC president Jacques Rogge for a minute's silence at the London Games emerged devastated and heartbroken from their 30-minute meeting with him on Wednesday night.

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