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Foreign Office condemns settler mosque attack

June 22, 2012

Britain's Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, has expressed severe disquiet about an attack on a mosque in the West Bank town of Jaba this week.

This week the mosque was subjected to an arson attack and was vandalised with "price tag" grafitti.

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Synagogues, Jewish charities 'targeted by bomb attack couple'

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 22, 2012

A married couple inspired by al-Qaeda to blow up Jews in Manchester had planned a terror attack from their wedding day, a court has heard. Antisemitic Islamic hate speeches and videos of beheadings were found in their home.

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Award to ref who made anti-Jewish comments revoked

By Jessica Elgot, June 21, 2012

The Manchester Football Association has withdrawn the offer of honorary membership to a refereeing official who made racist comments about concentration camps before a Manchester Jewish Soccer League match.

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Israel emigration taking off again after 12-month lull

By Simon Rocker, June 21, 2012

Aliyah from the UK appears to be making a recovery after a dip in the figures last year.

Compared with 852 Britons who went to Israel in 2009 and 788 in 2010, only 562 made the journey in 2011.

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Quakers and Christian Aid Parliament lobby over Israel settlements

By Marcus Dysch, June 21, 2012

Two leading Christian groups, the Quakers and Christian Aid, have urged the government to ban the import of products from Israeli settlements.

At a Parliamentary briefing on Tuesday, Christian Aid officers and Quakers told MPs that stopping goods from West Bank settlements being sold in Britain would enhance the prospects of peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

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‘Partisan’ Christian project in Israel-Palestine angers Jewish leaders

By Simon Rocker, June 21, 2012

The Board of Deputies has urged members to lobby the Archbishop of Canterbury over a project which it says promotes hostility towards Israel among Christians.

A resolution calling for support of a volunteer programme in the West Bank is to be discussed by the General Synod, the Church’s national assembly, at its meeting next month.

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Strictly Kosher documentary on Manchester Jews returns

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 21, 2012

ITV’s Strictly Kosher entertainment documentary returns to British screens next week, adding an internet-dating rabbi to the original three frolicking personalities from Manchester’s Jewish community.

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Plea to support new mothers when they go back to work

By Jennifer Lipman, June 21, 2012

Women working for communal organisations have called on the Commission on Women in Jewish Leadership to do more to support new mothers who hope to return to their jobs with flexible working hours.

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Anglican vicar links to hate website

By Marcus Dysch, June 21, 2012

A Church of England vicar has deleted a link on his blog which directed readers to a website featuring Holocaust revisionism and adverts for the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Reverend Stephen Sizer directed readers to a story on the Window Into Palestine site about the BBC’s coverage of Syria.

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David Shilling's fancy hats - for men

By Jennifer Lipman, June 21, 2012

For Jewish women, dressing for shul can sometimes resemble preparing for a fashion show. Thanks to the efforts of milliner David Shilling, the same could soon be true for men.

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