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We must prioritise saving marriage, says Deech

By Jessica Elgot, February 10, 2011

The Chief Rabbi has urged the coalition to make marriage a firm part of its commitment to the "Big Society."

At Thursday's Lords debate on marriage and support in British society, Lord Sacks was due to argue that married parents better equip children for the tougher economic and social conditions, which are likely to lie ahead.

He described marriage as the best way to form a strong family, a "publicly demonstrated act of commitment".

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IDF man used disguise in UK

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2011

A senior official in the Israeli army has revealed that his fear of being targeted by anti-Israel activists prompted him to travel to London last year in disguise.

More than a year after Israeli Opposition leader Tzipi Livni cancelled a London speech for fear of arrest under Britain's universal jurisdiction law, Brigadier-General Avi Benayahu said he found it necessary to visit Britain under "a borrowed identity" and accompanied by security guards.

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Middle East turmoil prompts Hague to get blunt with Bibi

February 10, 2011

William Hague's dramatic intervention in the Middle East peace process this week can not easily be dismissed as spin or journalistic hype.

It is no accident that he spoke so candidly to The Times during his mission to five countries affected by the "New Arab Revolt", nor that he used such strong language.

His determination to talk tough to Israel and the Obama administration about the urgency of restarting the peace process in the light of events in Egypt marks a significant development.

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Jail for 'deceptive' Chasidic psychologist

By James Brewster, February 8, 2011

A top psychologist who used a string of aliases to avoid paying off massive debts had his sentence backed by top judges today.

Yehuda Crammer, of Danesway, Prestwich, was jailed for two years and six months at Manchester Crown Court last June after admitting two counts of "concealing property" in breach of the Insolvency Act.

Mr Justice Irwin, sitting in London's Appeal Court with Lord Justice Aikens and Judge Jeremy Roberts QC, said Crammer had been declared bankrupt in January 2004, with evidence suggesting he had accumulated over £1 million in debts.

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Rabbis, imams: EDL channelling our worst fears

By Jennifer Lipman, February 4, 2011

Jewish and Muslim leaders have called a demonstration planned for tomorrow by the English Defence League (EDL) an “inciteful event”.

The far-right organisation have announced that they will stage a rally in Luton, the town where the group was set up by Tommy Robinson in 2009.

A number of the EDL’s previous 30-odd rallies and protests have descended into violence and resulted in arrests.

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Israeli ambassador attacks Guardian for 'out Hamasing-Hamas'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 4, 2011

The Israeli ambassador to the UK has launched a blistering attack on the Guardian newspaper for its clear “affinity for Hamas” in its coverage of the leaked Palestine Papers.

Ron Prosor, writing on the Huffington Post website, accused the British newspaper of “out Hamasing-Hamas” with its criticism of the Palestinian Authority.

It is the first time the Israeli diplomat has openly condemned the Guardian for its reporting on the Middle East.

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Glasgow law professor wins Israeli scholarship

By Jennifer Lipman, February 4, 2011

A leading British law professor has been awarded a prestigious scholarship by the British Friends of the Hebrew University (BFHU) for work promoting understanding between Israel and the UK.

Glasgow University professor Adam Tomkins is this year’s recipient of the Hailsham Scholarship, which has been awarded since 1987 to honour the contribution of influential legal academics.

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Ed Miliband meets Jewish leadership

By Martin Bright, February 4, 2011

Labour leader Ed Miliband has agreed to visit a Jewish school in the next few weeks as part of an attempt to build trust with the community. Mr Miliband made the pledge at dinner with the trustees of the Jewish Leadership Council, organised to mend fences and clarify the Labour Party's position on Israel.

The dinner for Mr Miliband, hosted by Sir Trevor Chinn, took place on January 12 at Dukes Hotel in St James's in central London and was described as "a very useful constructive dinner" by one Labour source.

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Councillor refused to sign Holocaust Memorial Day book

February 4, 2011

● Because Jews use the Holocaust as propaganda

● Because Zionism's like the Final Solution

● Because it's a recipe for more mass murder

●...but some of his best friends are, yes, Jewish

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School row on Holocaust Memorial Day

By Robyn Rosen, February 4, 2011

A church minister allegedly used an address at a Holocaust Memorial Day assembly at a Scottish school to accuse Israel of its own Holocaust.

Reverend David Smith, minister of the Kirk of the Holy Rood in Grangemouth, Falkirk, made the comments after he lit a memorial candle at the assembly at Grangemouth High School last Thursday.

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