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Teenagers arrested after gun attack near Manchester yeshiva

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 1, 2012

Two 17 year old boys from Broughton, Manchester, have been arrested on suspicion of possessing and discharging a firearm after an incident in the early hours of this morning when a gun was fired near the Yeshiva in Upper Park Road, Broughton.

The incident is not being treated as a hate crime or antisemitic.

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Gaydamak loses multi-million diamond case in High Court

By Simon Rocker, June 29, 2012

The Russian-Israeli businessman Arkady Gaydamak has lost a High Court claim against diamond tycoon Lev Leviev over a deal to export gems from Angola.

Mr Leviev had denied signing an agreement with Mr Gaydamak in December 2001 potentially worth hundreds of millions of pounds.

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Britain, EU: Iran drug comments 'racist and antisemitic'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2012

Britain and the European Union have joined Israel in condemning the antisemitic comments made by a senior Iranian politician about drug addiction being a Zionist conspiracy.

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Britain, EU: Iran drug comments 'racist and antisemitic'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2012

Britain and the European Union have joined Israel in condemning the antisemitic comments made by a senior Iranian politician about drug addiction being a Zionist conspiracy.

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Ex-radical speaks with suicide bomb victim's father

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2012

A former Islamist radical who now works to challenge extremism has spoken of meeting the father of a teenage suicide-bomb victim in Israel.

The first time Maajid Nawaz, the co-founder of the Qulliam think tank and the author of a new memoir about his time in Hizb ut-Tahrir, went to Jerusalem, he spoke only to other Islamists.

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Church bans extreme speakers after campaign

By Jessica Elgot, June 28, 2012

A Manchester church banned three speakers from an event hosted at its premises by a Palestinian organisation last weekend after complaints from Jewish campaigners.

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Four years after murder, Kahan family still waiting for inquest

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 28, 2012

On the fourth anniversary of the stabbing to death of a Jewish klezmer violinist outside a kosher bakery, his family have expressed their dismay at delays to an inquest to discover what led to the tragedy.

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The Medici Code: tales of medieval daring found in Hebrew manucript

By Jenni Frazer, June 28, 2012

It is a story which out-Dan-Browns Dan Brown, a tale of Italian mediaeval courts, spies, intrigue, and, at its heart, an extraordinary Jewish scholar, Abraham Ben Mordecai Farissol.

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Hunt: Olympic silence none of my business

By Jessica Elgot, June 28, 2012

Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has refused to back calls from the US Senate and the Australian, Canadian and German governments for a minute's silence at the 2012 London Olympics to remember the 11 Israelis murdered in Munich in 1972.

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Queen's horses duo evicted from farm

By James Brewster, June 28, 2012

The Queen will have to find a new home for a team of rare horses after the “deceitful” tenants of the Kentish farm where they live were hit with an eviction order, told to pay £680,000 and threatened with prosecution by an irate judge.

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