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New threat to shechitah 'modern yellow star'

March 31, 2011

A Conservative politician in Europe has been accused of "blatant discrimination" and introducing the "21st century equivalent of the yellow star" after he launched new plans to label kosher meat.

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The Promise: Even the extras felt ashamed

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

An Israeli woman who appeared in the series said she felt "ashamed and disgusted" after viewing the completed programme.

Yehudit Collins, a retired office administrator from Jerusalem, and her husband, Chaim, worked as extras on the film.

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Peter Kosminsky says he kept Promise

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

Film-maker Peter Kosminsky has staunchly defended his drama series The Promise in his first public comments. Speaking at a Q&A session on Tuesday hosted by the TV station Al-Jazeera, Mr Kosminsky, 54, said that some reactions had been "hysterical".

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Israeli flag refusal angers Bury Jews

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 31, 2011

Bury Council's decision to refuse to fly the Israeli flag from the town hall on Yom Ha'atzmaut has angered the local community.

Karen Solomon, chair of the Yom Ha'atzmaut Committee, which organises communal celebrations in Greater Manchester for the day, said it was the first time the community had asked Bury to fly the flag, but the council has refused after a month of repeated requests.

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Rothschild help for Jacob and sons paintings

By Simon Rocker, March 31, 2011

Paintings of Jacob and his Twelve Sons, linked to Jewish emancipation, are to remain in their historic home after a campaign to stop their sale.

The portraits by 17th century Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbaran were brought to Durham by the philosemitic Bishop Richard George in 1756. They have hung in Auckland Castle, the bishop's official residence, ever since.

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Arrest warrant bill passes first hurdle

By Martin Bright, March 31, 2011

A further milestone towards the reform of the law on universal jurisdiction was passed on Wednesday with the government seeing off two Labour amendments to its new Police Bill.

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Britain's former spy chief: MI6 kept secrets from Israel, Hamas Iran's puppet

By Martin Bright, March 31, 2011

One of Britain's top spies has described the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood as "at heart a terrorist organisation" and labelled Hamas and Hizbollah as surrogates of the Iranian state.

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Gerald Kaufman's 'disturbing' Jewish jibe at Labour MP

By Martin Bright, March 31, 2011

Veteran Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman is under attack for incendiary comments about a fellow Jewish MP during Wednesday's debate on universal jurisdiction.

Sir Gerald turned to a neighbour on the Commons green benches, as pro-Israel MP Louise Ellman rose to speak, and muttered: "Here we are, the Jews again".

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Jewish writers up for Orwell prize

By Jennifer Lipman, March 31, 2011

A prestigious journalism prize has become the scene of a battle between some of Britain's most successful Jewish writers.

Among the 15 nominees for the 2011 Orwell Prize, which honours exceptional political reporting, are Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman, Israeli-born Guardian writer Rachel Shabi and David Cohen of the Evening Standard.

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Universal jurisdiction reform goes to Lords

By Martin Bright, March 30, 2011

A further milestone towards the reform of the law on universal jurisdiction passed on Wednesday with the government seeing off two Labour amendments to its new Police Bill.

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