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Board blasts PSC over 'hate' cartoons

By Simon Rocker, January 21, 2010

The Board of Deputies has accused the Palestine Solidarity Campaign of including “antisemitic” cartoons in material produced for schools.

Two cartoons, with images of a crucified Jesus to depict Palestinian suffering at Israel’s hands, appear in the PSC’s online educational resources.

They were cited by the Board and the Community Security Trust in a submission to a government inquiry on preventing racism in schools.

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Record lobby day for Zionists

By Robyn Rosen, January 21, 2010

Politicians from across the spectrum have shown their support for a change in the current universal jurisdiction laws at a Zionist lobby of Parliament on Wednesday.

More than 200 people attended the lobby day, the biggest ever organised by the Zionist Federation and Christian Friends of Israel.

MPs spoke about Iranian nuclear weapons, university hate preaching, prospects for the BNP in the next election and perceived anti-Israel bias in the British media.

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Amnesty Gaza report has 'systematic bias'

By Marcus Dysch, January 21, 2010

Amnesty International’s Middle East director has denied the charity has an anti-Israel agenda and said it works equally to protect citizens of the Jewish state and their Palestinian neighbours.

The organisation’s latest report on Israel and the Palestinians examines attempts to rebuild life in Gaza following last year’s conflict.

Published on Monday to coincide with the first anniversary of Operation Cast Lead, Suffocating: The Gaza Strip Under Israeli Blockade calls on Israeli authorities to allow fuel, food, building materials and other essential goods into Gaza unrestricted.

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Orthodox confront Neturei Karta sect

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 21, 2010

Police were called to a two-hour stand-off between Neturei Karta followers and a counter-demonstration of Orthodox Jews outside a Manchester hotel on Tuesday night.

Around 30 men from the anti-Zionist fringe Chasidic sect held placards decrying Israel and aliyah outside the Fairways Lodge hotel in Prestwich.

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Brown concern over Hamas campus talk

By Leon Symons, January 21, 2010

Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the Universities Minister, David Lammy, expressed concern this week as it emerged that Birmingham University was refusing to ban a speaker who has advocated suicide bombing, supports Hizbollah and is widely known as Hamas’s representative in the UK.

Labour MP Denis MacShane, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, protested to the university’s vice-chancellor Prof David Eastwood about the appearance of Dr Azzam Tamimi, who told BBC TV he would be happy to be a suicide bomber.

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Jewish leaders attack Muslim Council 'deal'

By Martin Bright, January 21, 2010

Senior Jewish leaders have attacked the decision to restore relations between the government and the Muslim Council of Britain.

In a strongly-worded letter to John Denham, the Communities Secretary, the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council expressed their “deep regret” at his announcement last Friday bringing the MCB in from the cold after asking and receiving assurances of its opposition to all forms of racism, including antisemitism.

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British brothers role in Haitian rescue

January 21, 2010

Two brothers, originally from London, are playing very different roles in the Haitian tragedy.

Dr Ian Miskin, 53, is a lieutenant-colonel in the IDF reserves and was deployed a week ago to Haiti because it was thought that his expertise in treating infectious diseases — he is one of Israel’s foremost specialists in the subject — would be vital in the aftermath of the disaster. He, like the other Israeli medics, has been working long and arduous hours in Port-au-Prince treating the hundreds of Haitian wounded.

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Col Tim Collins: Hamas 'committing war crimes'

By Jessica Elgot, January 20, 2010

Gulf War veteran Colonel Tim Collins has told the BBC that he believes Hamas is committing war crimes.

Col Collins, who grew up in Belfast during the Troubles, visited the town of Sderot in Israel and Gaza in a programme for BBC Newsnight, to give a soldier’s view of the Middle East conflict.

He was shown around Sderot bomb shelters and the police station, where he inspected a rocket from Gaza and pronounced it to be an indiscriminate weapon.

He said: “From growing up in Belfast during the Troubles, I can sympathise with the people of Sderot, this is just no way to live.”

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Amy Winehouse guilty of pantomime assault

By Jessica Elgot, January 20, 2010

Amy Winehouse has been spared jail after pleading guilty to assaulting a theatre manager during a pantomime.

The singer pulled the hair of Richard Pound, manager of Milton Keynes Theatre after he suggested she had too much to drink during a performance of Cinderella.

Ms Winehouse, 26, admitted she had been drunk when she called Mr Pound, 27, a “f****** c***” and pulled his hair.

At Milton Keynes magistrates court, Ms Winehouse pleaded guilty to one charge of common assault and one of disorderly behaviour.

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British POW joins Holocaust Memorial Day

By Jessica Elgot, January 20, 2010

The British prisoner of war who helped save the life of an Auschwitz prisoner will join survivors for a memorial service on Holocaust Memorial Day.

Denis Avey, 91, was a prisoner of war in Auschwitz who swapped places with a Jewish inmate. He met Ernst Lobethall, smuggling him cigarettes and bartering to repair his shoes to improve his chances of surviving the harsh winter and death marches.

In 1996, Mr Lobethall told the Shoah Foundation that he credited a British POW with saving his life, who he knew only as “Ginger”. He died in 2002, never meeting Mr Avey again.

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