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Co-op bans settlement produce in Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, May 3, 2012

One of Britain's largest supermarket chains is to boycott all companies which source produce from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The Co-operative movement, which has refused to stock products from the settlements since 2009, this week took the decision to extend its policy and will now bar engagement with any Israeli suppliers known to work with the settlements.

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Boris and Ken: Like old drunks at a wedding

By Martin Bright, May 3, 2012

The London mayoral election has been the opposite of edifying. The grown-ups have been behaving like drunken relatives at a wedding reception.

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Israeli ambassador made to feel secure on Liverpool campus

By Marcus Dysch, May 3, 2012

Israel's ambassador to Britain has defied attempts to ban him from a university campus by successfully delivering a lecture in Liverpool.

Daniel Taub spoke amid stringent security measures at Liverpool University on Wednesday after the Israeli Embassy "upped the ante" by sending him to appear in place of his deputy, Alon Roth-Snir.

Students, academics, alumni and trade union members had last

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Holocaust artist sets Four Rooms dealers' teeth on edge

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2012

A man who claimed that his sculpture of the entrance of Auschwitz was made from the gold teeth of Holocaust victims has walked away from £37,000, after being challenged by a Jewish art dealer to destroy the "tasteless" work.

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Chasidim apply for free school

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

What could be the first Chasidic free school has cleared the initial hurdle in its attempt to secure state aid.

Beis Malka, a girls' school in Stamford Hill which has around 400 pupils aged three to 16 and is linked to the Belz Chasidic sect, is one of five Jewish groups which have applied to become free schools next year.

The other four applicants are all for new schools: two cross-communal

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FCO: No talks with Hamas

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

The Foreign Office has flatly denied Hamas claims that Britain is one of five European Union countries which have held secret talks with the militant Palestinian organisation in recent months.

According to an Associated Press report on Wednesday night, Hamas foreign affairs representative Osama Hamdan said that it had discussed its position on the Middle East process with European officials.

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He's an eBay entrepreneur - and he's just eight years old

By Jessica Elgot, May 3, 2012

Most children who want a bit of extra pocket money start a paper round or set up a homemade lemonade stall.

But eight-year-old Sam Meisel watched his father Wayne selling old clothes and jewellery on the online auction site eBay and thought he would give it a go.

The young eBay entrepreneur has now made around £200 selling his toys and games - to the astonishment of his parents.

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Hero Brit who saved Argentinian Jew during Falklands

By Marcus Dysch, May 3, 2012

Many of the Falklands War's acts of heroism have entered armed forces folklore, but a newly-revealed story may be one of the most remarkable of them all.

The five-day Battle of San Carlos, 30 years ago this month, saw British forces create a beachhead and land troops on the Falklands as the fight to reclaim the islands began.

Amid the fighting, a Jewish Argentinian soldier found himself pinn

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Why won't Andrew Lansley condemn union that banned an Israeli speaker?

By Martin Bright and Anshel Pfeffer, May 3, 2012

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has refused to intervene over the withdrawal of an invitation to an Israeli conflict resolution expert to speak at an NHS-sponsored event next week.

The invitation to Moty Cristal, who has advised Palestinian groups and human rights organisations, was cancelled following a demand from the Unison trade union.

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St Andrews anti-Jewish abuse appeal fails

By Marcus Dysch, May 1, 2012

A former St Andrews University undergraduate has failed in an attempt to overturn his conviction for racially abusing a Jewish student.

Paul Donnachie attacked Chanan Reitblat at a university hall of residence, desecrated an Israeli flag and called the Lithuanian-born supporter of Israel a “terrorist”.

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