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Film-maker's balanced Israel documentary causes anger in Ireland

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

An Irish film-maker has explained how his documentary about Israel and the Palestinians caused outrage in his home country — by taking a balanced view on the conflict.

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Rooney, Hart, Walcott and the England Euro 2012 players who will never forget the Holocaust

By Stephen Pollard, June 14, 2012

It would be difficult to think of a more inappropriate venue for a PR stunt than Auschwitz. So when it was announced that the England football team, staying in Krakow for the European Championships, was to visit the death camp, there were some howls of protest.

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Frith's large Palestine photos sell for £330,000

By Josh Jackman, June 13, 2012

A copy of the largest book of vast and panoramic photographs of travels through the Middle East ever published was sold at auction on Monday for over £330,000.

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Brenton calls for Habima supporters to act on Jenin theatre

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2012

English playwright Howard Brenton has called on those who supported Habima's right to perform at the Globe last month to turn their attention to the Freedom Theatre in the West Bank.

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Anti-Israel activists target Queen over Jubilee diamond

By Jennifer Lipman, June 11, 2012

Supporters of a boycott of Israel have issued a call to Queen Elizabeth II, asking the monarch to divest herself of her "blood diamond".

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Plea to Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: don't leave

By Jennifer Lipman, June 11, 2012

Fans of the current chief rabbi have mounted a bid to keep him in the post after his official retirement.

Lord Sacks announced two years ago that he would be stepping down in September 2013, after a total of 22 years at the helm of the United Hebrew Congregations.

But with his successor yet to be named, supporters are hoping he will reconsider.

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Maureen Lipman, Tracy-Ann Oberman to star in play together

June 8, 2012

Two of the best known actresses in Jewish showbusiness are to share a stage in London later this year.

Maureen Lipman and Tracy-Ann Oberman are to star in a play about a widowed woman whose life changes after a conversation with a stripper.

The pair will appear in the Hampstead Theatre’s production of Old Money by Sarah Wooley.

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No charges for Globe Habima protester

By Jennifer Lipman, June 8, 2012

The police have not brought charges against a man who was arrested protesting outside the Globe Theatre last week.

A 22-year-old man was understood to be part of the anti-Israel demonstration calling for the Globe to prevent Israel's Habima National Theatre from performing The Merchant of Venice.

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Leeds United's Bates to pay ex-director £10k

By Jessica Elgot, June 7, 2012

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates must pay £10,000 to ex-director Melvyn Levi, for allegedly likening him to a criminal.

Mr Levi claims the businessman, the club and a local radio station pursued a campaign against him and his wife, Carole.

Judge Mark Gosnell at Leeds County Court ordered Mr Bates to pay Mr Levi the sum because of the stress caused by Mr Bates’ harassment.

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Strictly Orthodox Neturei Karta's new alliance with extreme right

By Jessica Elgot, June 7, 2012

A strictly Orthodox man from Manchester has addressed a meeting of the extreme nationalist New Right group, warning them about the “dangers” of Zionism.

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