UK news

The strictly Orthodox soldiers

By Simon Rocker, March 17, 2011

Rabbi Tzvi Klebanow, a former computer design engineer from Boston, might seem like any emissary who comes to the UK to raise funds for Orthodox causes. But his is unique: he is director of an organisation which provides spiritual and educational support to Nachal Charedi, the Israeli army's battalion of strictly Orthodox soldiers.

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Israel gets set for 2012 Games

By Jessica Elgot, March 17, 2011

If you want to see the best Israeli athletes in action at the London 2012 Games, judo, gymnastics, shooting and watersports are the ones to watch, according the country's Olympic committee.

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BBC producer says Assange 'ridiculous' over 'Zionist wife' claims

March 17, 2011

A BBC producer accused by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange of trying to influence his extradition hearing because he had a "Zionist wife" has said the claim was "absolutely ridiculous".

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More universities quizzed over Middle East funds

By Martin Bright, March 17, 2011

Further details emerged this week about the funding of British universities from authoritarian regimes in the Middle East.

As the JC reported last week, 100 of Britain's top universities have now come under increased scrutiny as a result of Freedom of Information requests, early day motions and parliamentary questions from the Harlow MP Robert Halfon.

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Interview: Liberty's Shami Chakrabarti

By Martin Bright, March 17, 2011

I had been talking to Shami Chakrabarti, the telegenic director of Liberty about her organisation's predecessor, the National Council for Civil Liberties, and the work it had done for Jews attacked by neo-Fascists immediately after the war, when she suddenly turned the conversation to contemporary antisemitism.

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Online advance for Israel advocacy event

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

A website has been launched to allow supporters to register for Britain's largest-ever Israel advocacy conference.

The Bicom-organised event, Winning Britain back for Israel, takes place in London on May 15 and encourages friends of Israel to combat the growth of anti-Israel activity in the UK.

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Tribute to the Irish Scarlet Pimpernel

By Robyn Rosen, March 17, 2011

An Irish priest known as the Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican has been commemorated in a play about his mission to save 6,500 prisoners of war and Jews during the Second World War.

Hugh O'Flaherty hid Jewish families in safe houses, convents and other religious houses around Rome during the war.

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UJIA chair threats to sue over resignation petition

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

A petition calling for the resignation of UJIA chairman Mick Davis over his outspoken criticism of Israel has been closed after he threatened to sue its creator.

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The real star of the Office gets a blue plaque

By Jessica Elgot, March 17, 2011

Three generations of the Gestetner family gathered this week at the former home of the man who revolutionised office equipment, to see the unveiling of an English Heritage blue plaque at the house he lived at for 40 years.

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Advert that put Jerusalem in Palestine censured

By Simon Rocker, March 17, 2011

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against an official Palestinian tourism advert for including Jerusalem as part of Palestine.

The Travel Palestine advert, which appeared in National Geographic Traveler magazine in January, attracted 149 complaints to the ASA including from the Board of Deputies, the Zionist Federation and the Manchester Jewish Representative Council.

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