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Bugged conversations 'could reveal extent of Britain's Holocaust knowledge'

By Martin Bright, May 31, 2012

The author of a forthcoming book on the Jewish refugees who listened in on the bugged conversations of captured German PoWs believes that the work of this top secret operation could reveal the extent of British government knowledge of the Holocaust during the war years.

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Gilad Atzmon's 'antisemitic rhetoric' denounced at film premiere

By Jessica Elgot, May 31, 2012

Pro-Palestinian supporters denounced jazz musician and Israeli-born activist Gilad Atzmon in a documentary film premiering this week, accusing him of damaging their cause with his antisemitic rhetoric.

The film, Gilad and All That Jazz by Golriz Kolahi, premiered at the London International Documentary Festival on Wednesday.

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Dismore calls for silence to remember Israeli Olympic victims

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

London Mayor Boris Johnson has been urged to back calls for a minute’s silence at the Olympics to mark the 40th anniversary of the Munich terror attack which killed 11 Israeli team members.

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Virgin's Richard Branson announces Israel water plan

By Jessica Elgot, May 30, 2012

Water is the latest target for Sir Richard Branson's Virgin empire - using technology imported from Israel.

The millionaire entrepreneur visited scientists and technology start-ups in Israel a few months ago, but it was a cup of cold water, offered to him by Strauss Group chair Ofra Strauss that caught his imagination.

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Anti-Israel protesters fail again to disrupt Globe

By Jennifer Lipman, May 29, 2012

Anti-Israel activists continued with their attempts to disrupt the Habima Theatre's performance of The Merchant of Venice during the company's second night at the Globe.

But security quickly removed protesters shouting and disturbing the show, and the performance went on without a break.

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BBC challenged on Obama Israel speech report

By Simon Rocker, May 29, 2012

The BBC Trust has partly upheld a complaint against the corporation over an online article which reported American President Obama's position on the Middle East process.

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Maureen Lipman challenges Roger Lloyd Pack on Habima boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, May 29, 2012

Actress Maureen Lipman questioned the logic of banning art in a heated Radio 4 debate with anti-Israel actor Roger Lloyd Pack on Sunday.

Discussing the performances by Israel's Habima Theatre Company this week at Shakespeare's Globe on "The World This Weekend", Ms Lipman drew attention to the contradictory stance of those who would boycott Israel.

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Maureen Lipman challenges Roger Lloyd Pack on Habima boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, May 29, 2012

Actress Maureen Lipman questioned the logic of banning art in a heated Radio 4 debate with anti-Israel actor Roger Lloyd Pack on Sunday.

Discussing the performances by Israel's Habima Theatre Company this week at Shakespeare's Globe on "The World This Weekend", Ms Lipman drew attention to the contradictory stance of those who would boycott Israel.

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Anti-Israel protests fail to silence Habima Globe performance

By Jennifer Lipman, May 28, 2012

Anti-Israel protesters attempted to disrupt the Habima Theatre's performance of The Merchant of Venice at the Globe Theatre on Monday evening.

As Shylock wrestled with removing his tefillin on stage, a group of pro-Palestinian activists unfurled flags and banners reading Israeli apartheid live on stage.

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Dame Gail Ronson to head charity for the blind

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

Dame Gail Ronson has been appointed president of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

She takes over at the eye health and sight loss charity from the Duke of Westminster.

Dame Gail, a leading charity fundraiser and campaigner, said the appointment was a “huge honour” and a “substantial responsibility”.

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