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Childline founder Rantzen plans Silver service for the elderly

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2012

Esther Rantzen is launching a new telephone counselling service for vulnerable elderly people.

Writing about her plans in the Daily Mail, the television presenter and one-time parliamentary candidate explained that she wanted the new charity to combat loneliness and the feeling "that if you ceased to exist no one would miss you".

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Sir Martin Gilbert wins prestigious Israeli prize

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2012

The British historian Sir Martin Gilbert has won a prestigious Israeli prize honouring achievements of outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact.

Sir Martin, the official biographer of Winston Churchill and the author of 80 studies including of Israeli and Jewish history, was named as the recipient of the $1 million Dan David prize earlier today.

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Israeli envoy to the UK responds to Tonge's outburst

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2012

The Israeli ambassador to Britain has described Jenny Tonge's attack on Israel as "shocking".

The former peer and longtime Israel critic resigned from the Liberal Democrats on Wednesday after refusing to apologise for stating that Israel would "not last forever".

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Judge tells stalker to sort life out

By Alison Denton, March 1, 2012

Estate agent David Bloom was told by a judge that he had "disgraced himself" after embarking on a campaign of harassment against his former girlfriend.

Bloom, 39, of Stanmore, Middlesex, could not accept the end of his relationship with Amanda Freeman and stalked her and sent her text messages.

Last Friday, Judge John Plumstead, sitting at St Albans Crown Court, issued a three-year community

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Why, Mr Ambassador, you're spoiling me…

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

Many married couples agree not to discuss work issues at home but, for one Israeli family, the subject has become unavoidable.

Boaz Modai, Israel's ambassador to Ireland, warmly welcomed a familiar face as his new deputy at the Dublin embassy last week - his wife, Nurit Tinari-Modai.

It is thought to be the first time an Israeli husband and wife have worked together as ambassador and deputy.

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Tragedy of tourism PR employee

By Nathan Jeffay, March 1, 2012

Two months after an employee at Israel's tourism office in London committed suicide, it has emerged that she had claimed to be the victim of sexual harassment by a superior, and faced redundancy.

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Mr Vaizey goes to Israel - to see how it's done

March 1, 2012

Ed Vaizey, Britain's Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, is to lead a high-powered business delegation to Israel and the Palestinian Territories next week.

Representatives from some of the UK's top creative and media companies including BBC Worldwide, Ogilvy, Samsung and Albion will accompany him.

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'Honour' tie to Hamas

March 1, 2012

The controversial Palestinian academic, Azzam Tamimi, this week reiterated his commitment to Hamas in an address at London University's Queen Mary College.

Speaking at an event entitled One State or Two State Solution, under the auspices of QMC's Palestine Solidarity Society, Dr Tamimi told Israel's Ha'aretz newspaper that he had legitimate political views which opponents wished to silence.

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Islamic student head calls for co-operation

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

Jewish and Muslim students must work together to tackle antisemitism and Islamophobia and should embrace "reconciliation", according to the president of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (Fosis).

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'Vital' new Chair for students

March 1, 2012

Veteran publisher, Lord Weidenfeld, has described a new chair in Israel studies at Sussex University as vital in the fight against anti-Zionism and antisemitism.

The Yossi Harel Chair in Modern Israel Studies, named after the renowned captain of the Exodus ship that transported Jews to Palestine in 1947, would, claimed Lord Weidenfeld, "provide a rallying point not only for teaching but general

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