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Thousands join debate on dangers of internet

By Marcus Dysch, August 2, 2012

A conference to discuss steering young strictly Orthodox Jews away from online dangers is expected to attract up to 6,000 people.

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Threats over Edinburgh Fringe show

By Marcus Dysch, August 2, 2012

The promoter of a controversial Edinburgh Fringe show about Palestinians says that he has received death threats from angry supporters of Israel.

I ♥ Hamas – and other things I’m afraid to tell you, is a satirical stand-up performance by American actress, writer and comedian Jennifer Jajeh.

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Federer shocked by Israeli pair at London 2012 tennis

By James Masters, August 1, 2012

Israel pair Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich produced a stunning fightback to shock defending Olympic champions Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka in the men’s doubles.

The Swiss stars, who won gold in Beijing four years ago, had been expected to cruise through the second round tie after taking the first set 6-1 in just 28 minutes.

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Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga cheer for Aly Raisman after gold medal win

By Jennifer Lipman, August 1, 2012

For teenage gymnast Aly Raisman and her US teammates, winning gold made for a day they would never forget – and the excitement didn't end there.

After the quartet won the medal on Tuesday evening, they found themselves being congratulated by some well-known figures in the entertainment world.

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Hava Nagila gymnast Aly Raisman helps team USA win gold at London 2012

By Jennifer Lipman, July 31, 2012

American Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman has helped propel her team to a gold medal at London 2012.

The 18-year-old from Massachusetts, who performed her floor routine to the tune Hava Nagila, appeared last in the US line up in the team competition.

As she left the floor, bringing her team its first win outside of US soil, she appeared to be holding back tears of joy.

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SFO at fault over warrants used in Tchenguiz arrests

By Jennifer Lipman, July 31, 2012

The High Court has ruled that the warrants used by the Serious Fraud Office to search the property of two Iranian Jewish entrepreneurs were unlawfully obtained.

Brothers Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz were arrested in a dawn raid in March 2011 in connection with the SFO's investigation into the collapse of Icelandic banking giant Kaupthing.

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Romney upsets Palestinians with Jerusalem embassy remark

By Jennifer Lipman, July 30, 2012

Mitt Romney has angered Palestinians with his hint that he will recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital should he win November's presidential election.

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'Angel of Mostar' walks with giants at London 2012 Opening Ceremony

By Jennifer Lipman, July 30, 2012

A Jewish children's campaigner who works to build links between Israeli and Palestinian youth was one of the Olympic flag bearers at Friday's Opening Ceremony.

Sally Becker, who earned the name "Angel of Mostar" for her work helping children in Bosnia and then Kosovo, was named a Goodwill Ambassador for the interfaith organisation "Children of Peace" three years ago.

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'Nazi stag MP' Aidan Burley criticised for 'leftie' Opening Ceremony jibe

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2012

A Conservative MP who attacked the Olympic Opening Ceremony as “leftie multi-cultural crap” has said that his comments were misunderstood.
Aidan Burley, who was part of a stag party where guests donned Nazi uniform, toasted the Third Reich and chanted the names of senior Nazis, criticised Danny Boyle’s spectacular on Twitter.

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Lebanon's judo team refuses to train alongside Israelis

By Danny Caro and Marcus Dysch, July 27, 2012

Lebanon’s Olympic judo team has refused to train next to Israeli competitors during a session ahead of London 2012.

Olympic officials were forced to erect a special screen at the Excel venue following a complaint from a member of the Lebanese delegation.

It is understood the two squads had been warming up next to each other when the complaint was made on Friday afternoon.

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