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Young Arabs learn about Israel on Arabic Facebook

By Jessica Elgot, December 1, 2011

A Facebook page which discusses the latest Israeli pop culture, music, sport and arts has become an internet sensation - in the Arab world.

Israel Uncensored, an Arabic Facebook page run by The Israel Project (TIP), has around 250,000 people who "like" the page on Facebook and has had over 30 million views since April.

The charity, which was set up to promote a positive image of Israel in t

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Big Tent's pitch brings on applause

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 1, 2011

The controversies over Manchester's Big Tent Israel advocacy conference, starting with the deadlock between organisers and Bicom over the political make-up of speakers, were sidelined on Sunday as Bicom chief Lorna Fitzsimons stole the show.

The 700-strong attendance, just under half the size of London's We Believe event last May, was drawn mostly from a community that represents around 10 per

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Charity suspends soup kitchen funds

By Simon Rocker, December 1, 2011

Hazon Yeshaya UK, which supports soup kitchens for Israel's poor, has suspended fund-raising pending an investigation into the use of its donations.

Supporters were told at the end of last week that the charity had commissioned financial services firm Deloitte to check that its funds were being "properly applied" in Israel.

In a statement, the charity's trustees said: "Until we are all reass

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Lauren Booth's attack points up new split in PSC

By Jessica Elgot, December 1, 2011

Pro-Palestinian activist Lauren Booth has launched a vitriolic attack on the Palestine Solidarity Campaign for dissociating itself from antisemitic musician Gilad Atzmon, saying the central office should be working "to end Zionism".

Her comments highlight the internal divisions in the PSC, between the national body and its more radical branches.

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MP who questioned Jewish envoy's loyalty should 'prepare to retire'

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2011

The Labour MP who suggested Matthew Gould was an inappropriate British ambassador to Israel, because he was Jewish, should start preparing for his "retirement", said the chair of the All-party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism.

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Jewish envoy not loyal to UK, says Labour MP

By Martin Bright, December 1, 2011

A Labour MP has caused outrage by suggesting that Britain's first Jewish ambassador to Israel has divided loyalties because he has "proclaimed himself to be a Zionist".

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Libyan Jew's MP grandson attacks LSE over Gaddafi links

By Jessica Elgot, December 1, 2011

The MP who called for the London School of Economics' links with the Libyan regime to be investigated said the university had "lost its moral compass".

A new report into LSE's conduct over donations from Libya says the contacts carried "a significant degree of risk", which would never have been exposed had former dictator Colonel Gaddafi not been toppled.

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Israel ambassador leads speakers at Big Tent

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 28, 2011

In a speech to the Big Tent Israel advocacy conference in Manchester yesterday, which focused on countering political campaigns to delegitimise Israel, the Israeli Ambassador to Britain, Daniel Taub, condemned those who "call themselves" Israel's friends because they "support its right to exist".

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Businessman takes Beth Din order to High Court

November 25, 2011

The High Court in London is being asked to enforce the decision of the Beth Din, the court which decides civil or religious issues among Orthodox Jews.

The Beth Din awarded Gateshead businessman Jerry Fried more than £1 million in December 2009, when it ordered company director David Zadok Baumgarten to pay Mr Fried £920,550.43. Mr Fried is also seeking interest of £109,558.11.

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Livingstone attacks 'Islamophobe' Gove

By Jenni Frazer, November 24, 2011

A furious Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has turned on the Labour London mayoral candidate, Ken Livingstone, after the former mayor called him "an Islamophobe" and attacked him as a "fervent Zionist".

In an interview with the website, London Loves Business, Mr Livingstone said: "People like Michael Gove and others have been stridently Islamaphobic for some time."

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