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Virgin's Richard Branson announces Israel water plan

By Jessica Elgot, May 30, 2012

Water is the latest target for Sir Richard Branson's Virgin empire - using technology imported from Israel.

The millionaire entrepreneur visited scientists and technology start-ups in Israel a few months ago, but it was a cup of cold water, offered to him by Strauss Group chair Ofra Strauss that caught his imagination.

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Anti-Israel protesters fail again to disrupt Globe

By Jennifer Lipman, May 29, 2012

Anti-Israel activists continued with their attempts to disrupt the Habima Theatre's performance of The Merchant of Venice during the company's second night at the Globe.

But security quickly removed protesters shouting and disturbing the show, and the performance went on without a break.

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BBC challenged on Obama Israel speech report

By Simon Rocker, May 29, 2012

The BBC Trust has partly upheld a complaint against the corporation over an online article which reported American President Obama's position on the Middle East process.

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Maureen Lipman challenges Roger Lloyd Pack on Habima boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, May 29, 2012

Actress Maureen Lipman questioned the logic of banning art in a heated Radio 4 debate with anti-Israel actor Roger Lloyd Pack on Sunday.

Discussing the performances by Israel's Habima Theatre Company this week at Shakespeare's Globe on "The World This Weekend", Ms Lipman drew attention to the contradictory stance of those who would boycott Israel.

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Maureen Lipman challenges Roger Lloyd Pack on Habima boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, May 29, 2012

Actress Maureen Lipman questioned the logic of banning art in a heated Radio 4 debate with anti-Israel actor Roger Lloyd Pack on Sunday.

Discussing the performances by Israel's Habima Theatre Company this week at Shakespeare's Globe on "The World This Weekend", Ms Lipman drew attention to the contradictory stance of those who would boycott Israel.

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Anti-Israel protests fail to silence Habima Globe performance

By Jennifer Lipman, May 28, 2012

Anti-Israel protesters attempted to disrupt the Habima Theatre's performance of The Merchant of Venice at the Globe Theatre on Monday evening.

As Shylock wrestled with removing his tefillin on stage, a group of pro-Palestinian activists unfurled flags and banners reading Israeli apartheid live on stage.

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Dame Gail Ronson to head charity for the blind

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

Dame Gail Ronson has been appointed president of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

She takes over at the eye health and sight loss charity from the Duke of Westminster.

Dame Gail, a leading charity fundraiser and campaigner, said the appointment was a “huge honour” and a “substantial responsibility”.

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Apology: Mr McTernan

May 24, 2012

On May 13 2011, we published an article entitled "Pears funded charity which hosted jihadist" which related to the Pears Foundation, a charity called Forward Thinking, and an individual called Tafazal Mohammed.

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Rare Hebrew treasures saved from skip

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 24, 2012

Thousands of Jewish books, some over 200 years old, have been saved after being discovered by workmen in a dilapidated house.

A passer-by alerted Higher Crumpsall Synagogue last Saturday after seeing hundreds of Jewish books being thrown into a skip in Salford by workmen.

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Chelsea welcomes Hapoel to European football event

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

Israeli football club Hapoel Tel Aviv have joined European champions Chelsea and other leading clubs at a London seminar to discuss how sport can help young people.

The three-day conference began on Tuesday with representatives of Europe's biggest clubs, including Manchester United, Everton, and Feyenoord.

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