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David Miliband: Israel won't agree on settlements

By Jessica Elgot, January 13, 2010

The Foreign Secretary David Miliband has expressed his frustration with the Middle East peace process and his concern about the rise of antisemitism in Britain.

In an interview with the Times, Mr Miliband said that Israel "obviously doesn't agree" with his repeated calls for a settlement freeze in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

He did warn however that settlements were not the root of all terrorism in the region and worldwide.

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Amy Winehouse slams dad's documentary

By Jessica Elgot, January 11, 2010

Amy Winehouse is furious with her father Mitch Winehouse after he took part in a TV documentary about her drug abuse.

Mr Winehouse, 58, a former cab driver, appeared on documentary My Daughter Amy on Channel 4.

After watching the programme on Friday night, Ms Winehouse wrote on Twitter: “Why don't my Dad write a song when something bothers him instead of going on national TV? And you thought your parents were embarrassing."

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Amy Winehouse slams dad for documentary

By Jessica Elgot, January 11, 2010

Amy Winehouse is furious with her father Mitch Winehouse after he took part in a TV documentary about her drug abuse.

Mr Winehouse, 58, a former cab driver, appeared on documentary My Daughter Amy on Channel 4.

After watching the programme on Friday night, Ms Winehouse wrote on Twitter: “Why don't my Dad write a song when something bothers him instead of going on national TV? And you thought your parents were embarrassing."

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Eruv snow damage repaired for Shabbat

By Jessica Elgot, January 8, 2010

The North West London eruv has been repaired and is in use for Shabbat, the website has reported.

But the eruv wire on Wildwood Road, Barnet has had to be repositioned and as a result the pavement on the southern side next to Sandy Heath is now outside the Eruv.

Rabbis have warned that the eruv could still be damaged if further heavy snow or bad weather damages it further during the course of Shabbat.

Earlier this week the eruv was "breached" due to the inclement weather and emergency repair work had to be done.

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Leader: An Open Letter To Jack Straw

January 8, 2010

Dear Jack Straw,

This week, a deeply embarrassed Lady Scotland was obliged to stonewall her Israeli hosts and admit that nothing had yet been done to close the loophole in British law allowing arrest warrants to be issued at the instigation of private individuals.

The question, Mr Straw, is why nothing has yet been done.

You yourself, when Foreign Secretary in 2005, actually apologised to your Israeli counterpart when General Doron Almog stayed on his plane at Heathrow rather than get off and risk prosecution.

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Man guilty of kosher bakery break-in

By Jessica Elgot, January 8, 2010

A man has pleaded guilty to stealing a laptop and causing several hundred pounds worth of damage to a kosher bakery in Stamford Hill.

Mehmet Kama, 29, of Bridlington Road, Enfield pleaded guilty at Thames Magistrates Court to burglary, following a break-in at Grodzinski kosher bakery.

DCI Gary Bruce of Hackney Police said: "This individual was quickly identified and apprehended following extensive police enquiries, with help from the Jewish community.

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George Galloway deported from Egypt

By Jessica Elgot, January 8, 2010

MP George Galloway has been deported from Egypt after attempting to enter Gaza.

The Respect MP tried to cross the border into Gaza after members of the Viva Palestina convoy were arrested there.

He and collegue Ron McKay arrived at the Rafah border crossing which goes from Gaza into Egypt.

The two men were driven away and placed on a plane back to London by plain-clothed Egyptian police, a Viva Palestina convoy spokeswoman said.

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Snow causes chaos for Eruv

By James Martin, January 7, 2010

The North West London Eruv has been "breached" due to the inclement weather.

Orthodox members, who are allowed to carry certain items within a marked area during Shabbat, are being told: "not to assume the eruv will be up" this weekend

People who normally carry certain items such house keys, prayer books and handkerchiefs within a strictly enclosed area, will not be able to carry anything.

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Foster care at crisis point in Orthodox community

By Robyn Rosen, January 7, 2010

The strictly Orthodox community is suffering from a serious shortage of foster carers.

Now that Norwood has ended its foster service and another charity is threatening to stop its respite provision, the future looks bleak for children in need.

One in five disabled children in Hackney are from the strictly Orthodox community and there is a constant demand for respite care, where the child is cared for temporarily to help out the parents.

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Denham’s new faith advisers

By Leon Symons and Martin Bright, January 7, 2010

Communities secretary John Denham has turned to two leading members of the Jewish interfaith community to help improve the relationship between government and faith communities.

Ros Preston, currently chair of Nightingale House, the old people’s home in south London, and Mehri Niknam, founder and director of the Joseph Interfaith Foundation, are among 13 new advisers who will act as a “sounding board” to give advice on how the government should engage effectively with faith communities.

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