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Ofcom raps Press TV

By Marcus Dysch, August 2, 2010

Ofcom, the broadcasting standards body, has ruled that Iranian-backed Press TV’s coverage of the Gaza flotilla incident breached guidelines on impartiality.

The regulator said the station had not shown due impartiality during a broadcast on June 5 which dealt exclusively with the events surrounding the interception by Israeli commandos of the pro-Palestinian convoy off the coast of Gaza.

During an episode of current affairs show Remembering Palestine, presenter Lauren Booth discussed the flotilla with studio guests and participants of the convoy.

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Shimon Peres: UK not antisemitic

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2010

Shimon Peres has said that an interview in which he was seen to accuse British people of antisemitism was misunderstood.

The Israeli president has defended his comments and said that he believed that “relations between Britain and Israel are of the greatest importance.”

The normally doveish Nobel Peace Prize recipient, 87, was quoted in an interview as saying: “in England there has always been something deeply pro-Arab, of course, not among all Englishmen, and anti-Israeli, in the establishment".

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Man charged in Stamford Hill death case

By Robyn Rosen, July 30, 2010

A man has been charged with the manslaughter
of an 83-year-old strictly Orthodox woman from Stamford
Hill.

Police found Evelyn Kelmenson
with her legs bound by duct tape in the top-floor bedroom of her three-storey
house on Leweston Place on January 1 2009, after her niece   had
 raised the alarm.

A year later, police offered a £20,000 reward
for information.

Kuba Dlugosz, 32, a Polish national of no
fixed abode, appeared in custody at Havering Magistrates Court on Wednesday. He
is also charged with burglary.

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'Combatants For Peace' Palestinians call for Hamas to make peace

By Leon Symons, July 30, 2010

Two Palestinians have called for Hamas to end
its attacks against Israel and make
peace.

Mahmoud Hamdan told an audience in London: “I want to convey a
message to Hamas: stop the violence and stop the blame cycle. We want to live in
peace.”

His colleague Malaka Samara said: “During the
second intifada, they said 'we are an Islamic group ' and that 
Islam was the representative religion of Palestine. I don’t think
this is right. I don’t trust them.

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Cuts hit Jewish Agency aliyah staff

July 30, 2010

There was confusion in Manchester this week about the future of dedicated Jewish Agency emissaries for aliyah.

Next week, the northern Aliyah shaliach (emissary), Alon Aron, based in Manchester, finishes his three-year term. Mr Alon said as far as he was aware, he would be replaced.

But Michael Jankelowitz, the Jewish Agency's spokesman, said there is currently a "worldwide streamlining exercise" to offer smaller communities the services of a shared roving aliyah emissary. He said major cities like London would continue to have their own permanent aliyah shaliach.

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'Anti-Israel' Gaza flotilla forum cancelled

By Marcus Dysch, July 30, 2010

An interfaith forum debating the Gaza flotilla incident has been cancelled after Jewish communities expressed concerns that the event was “totally inappropriate” and would be a vehicle for anti-Israel sentiment.

The Building the Bridge (BtB) initiative in Bristol had been due to assess the flotilla’s impact on religious groups in the city on Monday evening.

But it was cancelled after Jewish community leaders questioned the role of an interfaith organisation in debating the flotilla fallout.

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Attacker shouted 'F*** the Jews' at teen with kippah

By Robyn Rosen, July 30, 2010

A victim of an antisemitic assault has said attacks on young Jews are getting worse.

The 18-year-old former Hasmonean pupil, who did not want to be named, broke his knuckles and had his head slashed after defending a group of Jewish schoolboys.

The victim had been driving through Golders Green, north west London, when he saw three young teenagers from his synagogue surrounded by older youths on bicycles.

He parked his car in Hodford Road, where he was set upon by two of the youths.

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Outrage over church Israeli 'war crimes' show

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 30, 2010

Manchester's Jewish communal leaders have raised serious concerns with the Church of England's senior churchman in the city this week after its principal cathedral hosted an exhibition which its organisers claim is evidence of Israeli war crimes.

Manchester Cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of Manchester, is hosting the Loss of Innocence exhibition, 50 drawings by Palestinian children which include gruesome depictions of Israel's 2009 Gaza operation.

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Hate attacks on rise in Manchester

By Robyn Rosen, July 30, 2010

A rise in antisemitic incidents in Manchester is down to a "shifting, and increasingly visible" Jewish community in north Manchester, according to a new report.

Antisemitic incidents are more than 50 per cent higher in the first six months of this year in Greater Manchester than in the same period in 2008 - and make up almost a third of antisemitic incidents in the UK.

There were 89 antisemitic incidents in Greater Manchester recorded by the Community Security Trust in the first six months of 2010.

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Row over Jacob and Sons church paintings

By Simon Rocker, July 30, 2010

An MP is lobbying the Church of England to prevent the sale of historic paintings linked to the emancipation of Jews in Britain.

For more than 250 years, pictures of Jacob and his Twelve Sons, by the Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbaran, have hung at Auckland Castle, the official residence of the Bishop of Durham.

But Helen Goodman, the Labour MP for Bishop Auckland, is worried about their long-term future.

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