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Pro-Respect Party Rotherham leaflet attacks Labour over Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2012

A leaflet attacking Labour Friends of Israel and attributed to George Galloway's Respect Party has been distributed ahead of next week's Rotherham by-election.

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FA to investigate 'antisemitism' at Lazio game

By Sandy Rashty, November 23, 2012

Two extreme right-wing football fans have been charged with attempted murder, following the attack on British Spurs supporters at a pub in Rome last night.

Francesco Ianari, 26, and Mauro Pinnelli, 27 – both Roma supporters and known as Ultras – have been charged , despite widespread reports that the attack was committed by right-wing Lazio fans.

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‘Antisemitic’ attack on Spurs fans in Rome

By Sandy Rashty, November 23, 2012

A Spurs fan is being kept in a hospital in Rome, after he was attacked by a group chanting antisemitic slogans last night.

Ashley Mills, 25, from Brentwood, Essex, was treated for head injuries at the San Camillo hospital after the 1am attack at a pub in Campo de Fiori square.

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Judgment in UCU tribunal due next year

By Marcus Dysch, November 22, 2012

A Jewish academic who says his union has not done enough to challenge antisemitism “deliberately misled” an employment tribunal, the union’s lawyer has claimed.

Ronnie Fraser was accused, by Antony White QC, of making around a dozen unreliable claims against the University and College Union.

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UJIA helps teachers’ links with Israeli counterparts

By Sandy Rashty, November 22, 2012

Schoolteachers who have just returned from a UJIA-organised tour to Israel have described the current situation as “surreal”.

The 22-strong group of Jewish and non-Jewish teachers from seven Jewish schools in the UK, participated in the programme’s six-day seminar, which included tours around Jerusalem and teaching lessons at partner schools.

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Board row over Oxfam link, but it will happen

By Marcus Dysch, November 22, 2012

The Board of Deputies is to press ahead with a joint anti-hunger campaign alongside Oxfam after rejecting criticism over the charity’s stance on Israel.

A motion to delay the Grow Tatzmiach project was put before the Board’s community issues division on Monday, but was defeated by 11 votes to none, with one abstention.

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Jewish film festival celebrates record year

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2012

The director of Britain’s annual celebration of Jewish cinema has hailed its strongest year yet.

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‘Petplan’ thief is jailed

November 22, 2012

A man who stole £250,000 worth of jewellery and other items from wealthy businesswoman and Jewish charity donor, Patsy Bloom, has been sentenced to eight years in prison at Blackfriars Crown Court.

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University building occupied as Gaza protests spread to campus

By Marcus Dysch, November 22, 2012

Protests have taken place on university campuses across Britain in response to the violent conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

At the School of Oriental and African Studies in central London, the students’ union AGM voted in support of a motion pledging solidarity with the people of Gaza.

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Steve Bell defends Guardian cartoon

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2012

The Press Complaints Commission has received 29 objections to a Guardian cartoon that portrayed Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu as a puppet-master, controlling tiny versions of Foreign Secretary William Hague and Tony Blair.

Cartoonist Steve Bell drew the picture after Mr Hague said Hamas bore “principal responsibility” for the Gaza fighting.

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