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Israeli Paralympians gear up for glorious Shabbat

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2012

Israel's Paralympians will mark the first Shabbat of the Games with a Friday night service inside the Olympic Village.

The 25 athletes already have something to celebrate after swimmer Inbal Pezaro took home bronze in the 50-metre freestyle final on Thursday.

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Boris Berezovsky loses case against Roman Abramovich

By Gemma Goodman, August 31, 2012

The owner of Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich, won his $6.5bn legal battle against former business partner Boris Berezovsky today, in the biggest private court case in British legal history.

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Protesters in Edinburgh for Israeli Batsheva show

By Jennifer Lipman, August 30, 2012

Protesters interrupted a performance by an Israeli dance troupe on three occasions at a show on Thursday evening in Edinburgh.

The Batsheva Dance Company performed "Hora" as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. Two more performances are scheduled for this week.

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Israeli dancers in Edinburgh to defy boycotters

By Jennifer Lipman, August 30, 2012

Almost a year to the day after anti-Israel protesters disrupted an Israeli orchestra at the Proms, hopes are that activists will not blight an Edinburgh display by an Israeli dance troupe.

The world-famous Batsheva Dance Company will be in the Scottish city to perform Hora, choreographed by artistic director Ohad Naharin, for three shows from Thursday evening onward.

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'Palestinian Embassy' balloon flying over Liverpool is a load of hot air

By Jennifer Lipman, August 30, 2012

A hot-air balloon labelled “Palestinian Embassy”, and carrying political commentators, will fly over Liverpool next month as part of a prestigious art festival.

The exhibit is part of the Liverpool Biennal 2012, an event that receives funding from the Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council.

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Israeli story wins at Edinburgh Festival

By Jennifer Lipman, August 30, 2012

An Israeli performer triumphed in an international storytelling contest in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival — despite having no experience in the genre.

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BBC spent £330,000 supressing Balen report

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2012

The BBC spent £330,000 in legal fees in preventing publication of an eight-year-old report on its Middle East coverage, according to the Commentator website.

A seven-year campaign launched by solicitor Steven Sugar finally ended earlier this year when the Supreme Court upheld the corporation’s right to keep the Balen Report under wraps.

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Reform Jews want a say in Western Wall's worship

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2012

The Reform movement in the UK has urged members to sign a petition calling for non-Orthodox Jews to be given a say in the administration of the Western Wall, the Kotel, in Jerusalem.

The campaign has been launched by the Israel Religious Action Centre, the action arm of Progressive Judaism in Israel, which wants non-Orthodox Jews to be represented on the Western Wall Heritage Council.

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Football fraudsters sentenced

By Marcus Dysch, August 30, 2012

Fraudsters who operated a website selling illegal Premier League football tickets have been given suspended prison sentences.

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Board of Deputies anger as South Africa labels Israel 'occupier' state

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2012

The Board of Deputies has requested an urgent meeting with the South African High Commissioner in London after his country’s decision to relabel Israeli settlement goods as originating in occupied territory.

A spokesman for the Board said it was “troubled” by the labelling move, which has outraged South African Jewry and Israel.

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