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MPs meet Hamas in Gaza City

By Marcus Dysch, July 28, 2011

The leaders of the Labour and Liberal Democrat parliamentary parties have met Hamas leader Ismail Haniyah during a visit to Gaza.

Parliamentary Labour Party chair Tony Lloyd MP and Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party chair Lorely Burt MP met Hamas officials on Sunday.

The pair were part of a delegation of 12 British parliamentarians, including one Green Party MEP and a number of Scottish MP


BBC Today programme complaint upheld

By Simon Rocker, July 28, 2011

The BBC Trust has upheld a complaint of inaccuracy against Radio 4's Today programme over Israeli settlements.

On the programme of September 27 last year, presenter John Humphrys stated: "At midnight last night, the moratorium on Israelis building new settlements in the West Bank came to an end.


Mark Ronson plays tribute gig to genius Amy Winehouse

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

Mark Ronson has played a tribute concert to Amy Winehouse a day after he attended the funeral of the 27-year-old singer.

Despite some public spats, the two Jewish stars were close and Mr Ronson produced the singer's second album Back To Black.


Justice Minister Djanogly accused of 'unethical' behaviour

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

The Information Commissioner is to look into whether a Conservative Justice Minister breached regulations on conduct by hiring private detectives.


Chelsea: formal complaint over Malaysian 'antisemitism'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

Chelsea football club have made an official complaint following what they described as antisemitic abuse directed at Israeli player Yossi Benayoun at a match in Kuala Lumpur.

The Israeli became the first footballer from the Jewish state to play in a match in Malaysia in many years, when he helped Chelsea beat Malaysian XI last week.


Amy Winehouse 'was phone hacking victim'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2011

A journalist has claimed that Amy Winehouse's phone was regularly hacked.

Charles Lavery did not specify which news organisations he was referring to, but said that the Jewish star was targeted so that photographers could be on hand when she left rehab clinics.

Ms Winehouse, who died on Saturday at the age of 27, had a well-publicised battle with alcohol and drugs.


Home Secretary banned from appealing Salah bail

By Marcus Dysch, July 27, 2011

The Court of Appeal has refused Home Secretary Theresa May permission to appeal the release of Islamic political activist Raed Salah on bail while he fights a deportation case.


Amy Winehouse: the rabbi's funeral address in full

July 27, 2011

"We are assembled here today, not so much to grieve-although we do that-but mainly to celebrate Amy's life and to give thanks for the privilege of having shared part of her 27 years on earth, a life, which although short, touched so many other lives, not only her immediate family and close friends, but people around the world; people who may never have met her, personally, but knew her by her musi


Personal Holocaust story on Man Booker longlist

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2011

A novel about a Jewish family during the Holocaust by an author who only recently discovered her Jewish heritage could take home this year's Man Booker prize.

The longlist for the prestigious literary prize, worth £50,000, was announced yesterday. One of the 13 books selected is by Canadian author Alison Pick.


Jewish funeral for Amy Winehouse

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2011

Amy Winehouse's funeral has been held in North London.

Friends and family of the 27-year-old singer attended a private funeral service at Edgwarebury Jewish cemetery on Tuesday lunchtime.

During the ceremony Ms Winehouse's father Mitch addressed those gathered and said: "Goodnight my angel, sleep tight."