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Analysis: Relief for Jerusalem at appointment of Hague

By Tim Marshall, May 13, 2010

The challenge for Prime Minister Cameron is to grip one issue immediately and quickly master the detail on another.

From the first hours in office he needed information on Afghanistan, Pakistan and global terrorism. At any given moment news could come of an imminent operation which needs his approval.

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Andrew Feldman is Conservatives' secret weapon

By Simon Rocker, May 13, 2010

A key player in David Cameron's rise to power is his Oxford University contemporary, now co-chairman of the Conservative Party, Andrew Feldman.

He helped to run the campaign that propelled Mr Cameron to the Tory leadership four and half years ago, rejuvenating a party demoralised after three electoral defeats at the hands of Tony Blair.

First deputy treasurer, then chief executive since 2008, the 44-year-old businessman is, according to one party insider, "smart", "loyal to his friends" and "wedded to Dave".

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Analysis: This was a victory for all those who elect hope over hatred

By Martin Bright, May 13, 2010

Labour, Liberal Democrat or Tory, Jewish or non-Jewish: a string of results from last week's election should be wholeheartedly welcomed by people who care about British democracy.

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Glenda Jackson's thriller win in Hampstead

By Robyn Rosen, May 13, 2010

Glenda Jackson, who sensationally won the new Hampstead and Kilburn seat by just 42 votes, has defended her victory after opponents criticised her campaign.

The Oscar-winning actress, who held the former Hampstead and Highgate seat, received 17,332 votes, narrowly beating Tory candidate Chris Philp.

The new constituency takes in Hampstead, South Hampstead and Brondesbury Park synagogues.

Ms Jackson, 74, had been criticised by both Mr Philp and Lib Dem candidate Ed Fordham, who said that her presence during the campaign was not widespread enough.

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Dismore 'traumatised' by losing Hendon

May 13, 2010

Former Hendon MP Andrew Dismore has rejected claims that an initiative by a Muslim organisation which campaigns against candidates who back Israel cost him his seat.

Mr Dismore, who had held the constituency for Labour since 1997, was defeated by Conservative candidate Matthew Offord by just 106 votes, the second narrowest margin in England.

On its website, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC) claimed it had "defeated the top ranking Zionist MP Dismore!".

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Lady Jakobovits: The first lady of Anglo-Jewry

May 13, 2010

Lady Amelie Jakobovits was in my house five years ago watching the forced removal of the settlers in Gaza by the Israeli army.

She stared at the TV and cried. What she found so distressing was not the political situation that had led to Israel's decision to evacuate Gaza. It was that Jew was fighting Jew, relayed to her with graphic, brutal realism. As far as rights or political expediency were concerned, Amélie was prepared to be pragmatic. But this violence she could not bear.

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BNP and MPAC fail to sway electorate

By Leon Symons, May 13, 2010

Jewish and pro-Israel candidates performed well in the general election, despite a leafleting campaign by the Middle East Public Affairs Committee (MPAC) in some constituencies and the efforts of the BNP in others.

Arguably the biggest winner was in Harlow, Essex, where Robert Halfon, political director of the Conservative Friends of Israel, toppled former Armed Services Minister Bill Rammell, with a near-5,000 majority.

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Jewish old-age: It's in the genes

By Leon Symons, May 13, 2010

They smoke, drink, and are overweight. They are nearly 100 years old - and Jewish.

This week an Israeli-born academic revealed the secret: it's in their genes.

In London this week to speak to the Royal Academy, Professor Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute of Ageing in New York, discussed his pioneering 12-year study of 500 Ashkenazi Jews aged between 95 and an astonishing 112 years old.

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Israel to appeal against Western Wall ASA ban

By Jessica Elgot and Simon Rocker, May 13, 2010

The Israel Government Tourist Office (IGTO) will appeal against a ban on a holiday advert which described the Western Wall as part of Israel — after the Advertising Standards Authority upheld a complaint that it was actually in the Occupied Territories.

An image on the advert for holidays in Israel showed a picture of the Kotel, with the gold Dome of the Rock in the background, captioned “Jerusalem”’.

The ASA received a complaint that the picture showed disputed east Jerusalem, and was misleadingly portraying it as part of Israel.

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Amnesty steps up action against Israel

By Simon Rocker, May 13, 2010

Amnesty International’s UK branch is continuing to highlight Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians with an exhibition planned in London for next month directed against its security barrier.

“Against the Wall” features art and graffiti on the wall in the West Bank “which cuts through Palestinian communities with devastating effect”, according to the publicity.

The event follows a meeting last night on Israeli policy in East Jerusalem entitled “Capital Murder: Inside the Israeli authorities’ regime of discrimination and control in Occupied East Jerusalem”.

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