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Cameron leaves the JNF

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2011

JNF UK has declined to say why Prime Minister David Cameron's name has disappeared from its list of honorary patrons.

Twelve days ago the pro-Palestinian Stop the JNF campaign wrote to Mr Cameron, reiterating a previous request for him to withdraw as patron of the charity.

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Death of the Holocaust's quiet hero

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2011

The veteran Zionist, Arieh Handler, who died last week in Tel Aviv aged 95, was the last surviving witness of the declaration of the state of Israel.

For many years he was the embodiment of religious Zionism in the UK as the founder of the national branch of Bnei Akiva and as a leader of Mizrachi UK before he finally made aliyah at the age of 90.

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MEPs Israel drug block in EU fails

By Jessica Elgot, May 26, 2011

Attempts to block a new pharmaceutical trade agreement between the EU and Israel have been foiled after MEPs led a campaign against the "political gestures" of the European Parliament's International Trade committee.

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Big Brother at a kosher restaurant near you

By Robyn Rosen, May 26, 2011

Talks on using cameras in the kitchens of kosher restaurants have led to accusations of "Big Brother" tactics by the supervisory body.

The scheme could mean officials at the London Beth Din could log in online and access cameras inside its 17 restaurants at any time.

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US settles beard case

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2011

The United Synagogue has reached a settlement with a kosher supervisor who sued it for allegedly objecting to the state of his beard.

Jonathan Abrahams, 58, a Lubavitch Chasid from Stamford Hill, North London, was made redundant by the US more than a year ago.

But after applying unsuccessfully for other jobs in the organisation, he filed claims of religious and age discrimination.

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Africa care made Dan top doctor

By Jessica Elgot, May 26, 2011

A paediatrician who runs a UK charity supporting health education in Kenya has been named Junior Doctor of the Year.

Dr Dan Magnus, 32, who works at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, was nominated secretly by his wife Kerri, an A&E sister. He was one of three finalists named at the British Medical Journal awards last week out of 600 nominees from all over the world.

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Oxford names first Israel studies professor

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2011

Oxford University has appointed its first professor of Israel studies: Derek Penslar (right) professor of Jewish history at Toronto University.

The chair, only the second to be created in the subject in the UK, was made possible through a £3 million endowment from the Stanley and Zea Lewis Foundation.

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We are impartial on Israel, says BBC

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

The BBC has defended its approach to reporting on the Middle East and the Israel-Palestinian conflict amid claims and allegations from supporters of both sides.

On Monday, a controversial panel discussion organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Middle East Monitor Online media group dealt almost solely with the Corporation's reports from the region.

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British mandate papers for auction

By Jessica Elgot, May 26, 2011

A contemporary account by the man who retrieved the bodies of two British officers executed by the Irgun in 1947, could fetch £1,000 at auction next week.

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Stage aid for deaf audience

By Robyn Rosen, May 26, 2011

A group for Jewish deaf and hard of hearing theatre lovers has been set up. It is organised by charity Stagetext, which promotes the use of electronic captions at cultural venues and is funded by charitable trust, City Bridge Trust.

A Jewish board member of Stagetext, Naomi Hayim, formed the group after interest from Jewish deaf people who attend captioned performances.

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