UK news

MI5's intelligence on Jewish academic

April 7, 2011

A letter from Secret Service head Sir Vernon Kell to the Chief Constable of Hull prompted an MI5 investigation into Jacob Bronowski, one of Britain's most renowned academics, it was revealed this week.

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Pro-Palestinian watchdog trade body launched

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

British trade relations with Israeli West Bank settlements are the focus of a new pro-Palestinian campaign group.

The founders of Prosper Palestine said the group will call on the international community to reject any economic relations with settlements and will work to support the Palestinian economy.

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Nuremberg trial man's niece reunited with looted art

By Jessica Elgot, April 7, 2011

The first two paintings in more than 160 works of art stolen by the Nazis from a single family, have been returned to the British family of Rudi Epstein, an interpreter at the Nuremberg trials.

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Sephardim welcome women

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2011

Britain's oldest community, the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation, has become the first of the main Orthodox synagogue bodies in the UK to allow women on to its executive.

Members of the 350-year-old institution, which comprises four London synagogues, approved the change as part of a constitutional overhaul.

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Farming Minister supports plans to label kosher meat

By Robyn Rosen, April 7, 2011

The Farming Minister, Jim Paice, has said that in "an ideal world" kosher meat which has been slaughtered without pre-stunning would be banned.

Mr Paice also said he supported plans to label kosher meat, to keep people in the non-kosher market, which consumes 70 per cent of shechitah-slaughtered meat, well informed.

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Promise critics: Stop moaning, you have Friday Night Dinner

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

The chief executive of Channel 4 has dismissed Jewish and Israeli concerns over The Promise and claimed that comedy series Friday Night Dinner was an example of "balance" in the station's programming.

David Abraham said British Jewish life was portrayed "very positively" in the sitcom about a family meeting for a Shabbat-style meal.

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El Al bomb plot man could be free soon

By Jennifer Lipman, April 7, 2011

A terrorist jailed for 45 years in 1986 for plotting to blow up an Israeli plane could be released early after High Court judges ruled against the government.

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Gems editor sorry for 'blood diamond' boycott letter

By Jessica Elgot, April 7, 2011

A magazine editor has made an unprecedented apology over the publication of a "star letter" which called for diamonds polished in Israel to be labelled "blood diamonds".

Retail Jeweller magazine, published by Emap, was withdrawn from the Baselworld Jewellery Fair in Switzerland last month because of concerns about the letter from Irish Palestinian Solidarity campaigner Sean Clinton.

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Teen dies in Finchley road tragedy

By Jessica Elgot, April 7, 2011

The teenage son of a Hatton Garden businessman has died after being hit by a car.

Would-be boxer Jourdan Deal, 19, was hit by a Renault Clio as he crossed Regent's Park Road, Finchley, on Friday.

He was a student at Regent's Park Business College and the son of Jonathan Deal, owner of the Heart of Hatton Garden jewellery store, who lives in Finchley with his wife Susan.

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Quakers ban West Bank settler goods

April 7, 2011

British Quakers have voted to boycott goods from "illegal" Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Representatives of the pacifist movement's 23,000 supporters said that the decision, taken at a meeting last Saturday, would give hope to Palestinians and those working for peace in Israel.

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