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Proms protestor sues

By Marcus Dysch, January 19, 2012

A violinist who was suspended by the London Philharmonic Orchestra after signing an anti-Israel letter is to take the orchestra to an employment tribunal.

Sarah Streatfeild was among two dozen musicians who signed the letter, published in the Independent, encouraging the BBC to cancel the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's Proms appearance at the Royal Albert Hall last September.

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'Nazi' students hit protester on LSE ski trip

By Marcus Dysch, January 19, 2012

A student has described how his nose was broken in an antisemitic attack during a university ski trip.

The second-year student, who does not want to be identified, had been socialising with colleagues from the London School of Economics' student union's athletics union.

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Miracle on the Costa Concordia Shabbat shipwreck

By Jennifer Lipman, January 19, 2012

A newlywed couple who survived the Costa Concordia shipwreck will give thanks for their narrow escape with a special kiddush at Stanmore Synagogue tomorrow.

Ian and Janice Donoff had just finished the first Friday-night dinner of their honeymoon and were looking forward to Shabbat overlooking the Mediterranean when they heard a crunching noise and the lights on board went out.

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Star Wars pilot flies to Israel for pioneering cancer treatment

By Jessica Elgot, January 19, 2012

A British actress, who played a fighter pilot in Star Wars, is undergoing pioneering cancer treatments in Israel this week, to treat aggressive breast cancer.

Lynne Hazelden, 52, from Brighton, who played Rebel Alliance pilot Karie Neth in Return of the Jedi, is being treated at the International Centre for Cell Therapy and Cancer Immunotherapy (CTCI) in Tel Aviv.

"I was 21 when I was in the

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UK Peace Now rejuvenated, 'Brits' and all

By Simon Rocker, January 19, 2012

A group of young activists is planning to relaunch the British branch of the Israeli protest movement, Peace Now.

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Lord Sacks leaves charity

January 19, 2012

The Chief Rabbi has resigned as honorary director of troubled Israeli poverty charity, Hazon Yeshaya.

The British Friends of the charity closed last month, following other chapters around the world over allegations of financial mismanagement at the soup kitchen charity, and complaints it had misled supporters by funding religious training.

An independent audit appeared to clear the charity o

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£700 apology from Dubai gym after Auschwitz ad

January 19, 2012

The British gym owner who used an image of Auschwitz to promote weight loss in his Dubai fitness centre is to donate £700 to a Leeds Holocaust charity. The money from weekend takings at The Circuit Factory gym will be donated to the Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association.

Owner Phil Parkinson came under fire for using an image of Auschwitz, with the caption "Kiss your calories goodbye".

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Jewish school pupils taught how to 'cure gays'

By Jessica Elgot, January 19, 2012

JFS has provoked anger from parents and pupils by teaching sixth formers that homosexuality can be "cured".

As part of the school's Jewish studies curriculum, pupils are shown a website from the American group JONAH - Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality.

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Dutch Jews suspend their rabbi over homosexuality views

By Simon Rocker, January 19, 2012

In a further controversy over the US 'gay cure' group JONAH, the Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam's Orthodox Ashkenazi community was suspended this week after signing a declaration that homosexuals should learn to overcome their inclinations.

New York-based Rabbi Aryeh Ralbag, who visits the Netherlands a few times a year, put his name to a declaration, signed by 180 Orthodox rabbis, educators and psyc

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Clegg ups rhetoric on settlements to Abbas's delight

By Martin Bright, January 19, 2012

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has described Israeli settlement building as "an act of deliberate vandalism" in a sign that the UK is hardening its rhetoric towards the Netanyahu government.

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