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Galloway: I'm openly campaigning for Ken Livingstone

By Jennifer Lipman, April 20, 2012

An MP who was expelled from the Labour Party has offered his support to Ken Livingstone's mayoral campaign.

The pro-Palestinian activist George Galloway, who was elected last month as MP for Bradford West, told the House magazine that he supported the Labour candidate to run London.

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Council allows Israeli flag to fly in Bury

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 19, 2012

Bury Council has agreed to allow the flying of the Israeli flag on Yom Ha'atzmaut next Thursday, following a review of its flag protocol, sparked by its refusal to fly the blue star and stripes last year.

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UK terror victims can claim compensation

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

British victims of terrorist attacks abroad can now apply for compensation as part of a new government scheme.

The Ministry of Justice announced the plan on Monday and confirmed that people injured in attacks in Israel could apply.

The scheme will initially consider applications from those injured in six serious terror attacks - including the atrocities in Mumbai in 2008 and Bali in 2002 - b

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Sizer: I am ready to meet the Board of Deputies any time

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

A decision on whether or not to charge a Church of England vicar with incitement to racial hatred is expected to be made before the end of the month, Surrey police have told the JC.

Reverend Stephen Sizer posted a link from a website which supports Holocaust denial and warns of a Zionist conspiracy controlling the world.

Police are investigating the case after a complaint was made last month

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Scottish National Party drops foul- mouth ranter

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

A council election candidate who made dozens of offensive remarks about Jews, Muslims, immigrants, women and homosexuals, has resigned from the Scottish National Party.

Lyall Duff repeatedly posted comments online attacking people from all backgrounds and religions, and on topics including football, guns, terror attacks, disabilities and illegal car repairs.

He had been due to stand as an SN

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Settlers fail to settle Conservative MP Brazier

By Marcus Dysch, April 19, 2012

A Conservative MP who claimed Israel was "whipping up feeling" against British troops has said he stands by his comments.

Julian Brazier met eight activists, including supporters of Israel and leaders of the British Israel Coalition, in a specially arranged meeting at Parliament.

Among those at the meeting were leaders of the Shomron Liaison Office, which represents Jewish communities in the

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Jeremy Corbyn calls for inquiry on 'pro-Israel lobby'

By Martin Bright, April 19, 2012

The left-wing Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn has backed calls for an inquiry into the influence of "pro-Israel lobbying groups" on government policy.

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Guardian pulls 'ghetto wall' letter

By Jessica Elgot, April 19, 2012

A letter which suggested Jewish identity was defined by "the ghetto wall" has been pulled from the Guardian's website after complaints.

The letter, written by Guardian reader Niels Engelsted, claimed that Israel was building the security barrier along the West Bank border as "protective wall building", creating conditions akin to living in a ghetto.

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Flytilla flyers' wings clipped

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 19, 2012

Pro-Palestinian activists have criticised UK airports and budget airline Jet2 for imposing the UK's "first Israeli checkpoints" after passengers attempting to take part in Sunday's "flytilla" protests were stopped from boarding flights to Israel.

A dozen or so passengers, led by the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, were stopped by Jet2's Manchester check-in desk, which closed briefly du

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There are no words for it: a Scrabble champ passes out

By Jessica Elgot, April 19, 2012

A Jewish Scrabble champion keeled over in the middle of an attempt to break a world record, and was hospitalised for dehydration.

Wearing his red velvet kippah and with a lunch box packed with matzah, Raymond Tate, 55, was well on his way to beat the world record for the highest score in one day last weekend, raising money for his Rotary Club's charity campaign.

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