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No Globe charges

June 14, 2012

No charges are to be made against a 22-year-old man who was arrested protesting outside the Globe Theatre last month.

He was understood to be part of the anti-Israel demonstration calling for the Globe to prevent Israel’s Habima National Theatre from performing The Merchant of Venice.

The man was bailed pending further inquiries until June 7, but was not recalled or charged.

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MEP attacks invitation to 'offensive' Polish priest

By Marcus Dysch and Josh Jackman, June 14, 2012

a conservative MEP has attacked colleagues for inviting a Polish priest accused of repeated antisemitism to speak in the European Parliament.

Marina Yannakoudakis said she felt “let down” by Polish MEP Mirosław Piotrowski’s invitation to Father Tadeusz Rydzyk.

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Students host radical Islamist

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

A controversial Islamic speaker was due to appear before 300 people at York University’s Islamic Society on Wednesday evening.

Yusuf Chambers is a founding member of the iERA (Islamic Education and Research Academy), which organises lectures and speaking tours.

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Lord Ahmed cancels far-right meeting

By Jessica Elgot, June 14, 2012

The controversial peer Lord Ahmed has cancelled plans to host members of an extreme right-wing group at the House of Lords this week.

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Exam board seeks Board of Deputies' advice after 'prejudice against Jews' GCSE question

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

An exam board which set a controversial GCSE question asking why some people are prejudiced against Jews has acknowledged the upset caused by the question.

More than 1,000 students sat the AQA Religious Studies paper which asked: “Explain, briefly, why some people are prejudiced against Jews.”

Education Secretary Michael Gove strongly criticised AQA over the question.

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Anti-Israel activists urge Queen to decline 'blood diamond'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2012

Supporters of a boycott of Israel have issued a call to Queen Elizabeth II, asking the monarch to divest herself of her “blood diamond”.

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Mother of missing Israeli soldier Baumel in fresh FCO plea

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 14, 2012

The mother of Israel's longest missing-in-action soldier is to lobby the British government to release secret files to help trace her son after 30 years.

This Monday marked the 30th anniversary of the Battle of Sultan Yacoub during the 1982 Lebanon war, when Zachary Baumel, Tzvi Feldman and Yehuda Katz went missing. Miriam Baumel spoke of her son at a special ceremony in Jerusalem this week.

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Farming minister: Shechitah to be reviewed

By Jessica Elgot, June 14, 2012

The Food and Farming Minister, who described kosher slaughter as "wholly unacceptable", has promised the forthcoming public consultation on animal welfare will include a review of the rules concerning shechitah.

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Journalist Giles Coren faces Press Complaints Commission over restaurant column

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2012

Journalist Giles Coren has been reported to the Press Complaints Commission by a Holocaust survivor who was offended by a column about a restaurant popular with Jewish pensioners.

Mr Coren’s colourful attack on the Oslo Court restaurant in St John’s Wood, north west London, featured in his Times column last month.

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Hamas gets a hearing in House of Commons

By Jessica Elgot, June 14, 2012

An organisation which has featured Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh at a seminar is to hold a meeting at the House of Commons, with the support of five Labour MPs.

MPs Sir Gerald Kaufman, Andy Slaughter, Jeremy Corbyn and Andy Love are the guest speakers at the Palestinian Return Centre's (PRC) meeting on June 18 at the House of Commons to mark International Refugee Day.

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