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SFO at fault over warrants used in Tchenguiz arrests

By Jennifer Lipman, July 31, 2012

The High Court has ruled that the warrants used by the Serious Fraud Office to search the property of two Iranian Jewish entrepreneurs were unlawfully obtained.

Brothers Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz were arrested in a dawn raid in March 2011 in connection with the SFO's investigation into the collapse of Icelandic banking giant Kaupthing.

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Romney upsets Palestinians with Jerusalem embassy remark

By Jennifer Lipman, July 30, 2012

Mitt Romney has angered Palestinians with his hint that he will recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital should he win November's presidential election.

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'Angel of Mostar' walks with giants at London 2012 Opening Ceremony

By Jennifer Lipman, July 30, 2012

A Jewish children's campaigner who works to build links between Israeli and Palestinian youth was one of the Olympic flag bearers at Friday's Opening Ceremony.

Sally Becker, who earned the name "Angel of Mostar" for her work helping children in Bosnia and then Kosovo, was named a Goodwill Ambassador for the interfaith organisation "Children of Peace" three years ago.

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'Nazi stag MP' Aidan Burley criticised for 'leftie' Opening Ceremony jibe

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2012

A Conservative MP who attacked the Olympic Opening Ceremony as “leftie multi-cultural crap” has said that his comments were misunderstood.
Aidan Burley, who was part of a stag party where guests donned Nazi uniform, toasted the Third Reich and chanted the names of senior Nazis, criticised Danny Boyle’s spectacular on Twitter.

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Lebanon's judo team refuses to train alongside Israelis

By Danny Caro and Marcus Dysch, July 27, 2012

Lebanon’s Olympic judo team has refused to train next to Israeli competitors during a session ahead of London 2012.

Olympic officials were forced to erect a special screen at the Excel venue following a complaint from a member of the Lebanese delegation.

It is understood the two squads had been warming up next to each other when the complaint was made on Friday afternoon.

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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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