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How UK became mediator between Israel and Turkey

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 9, 2012

Britain has joined a US initiative to mediate between Israel and Turkey in an effort to repair relations between the two countries.

Restoring complete diplomatic ties and a strategic partnership between Israel and Turkey — which only a few years ago were strategic allies — has long been an objective for the Americans.

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How Munich widow broke news to her children

By Jenni Frazer, August 9, 2012

Ilana Romano, widow of the weightlifter Yosef Romano, spoke in Hebrew of the agony of her loss in 1972.

She said: "We are gathered again in anxiety and agony to mark the 40th anniversary of the cruel tragedy at the Olympic village in Munich.

"This is the 10th Olympiad since 1972.

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Ambassador says tragedy should embody fight against terror

By Jenni Frazer, August 9, 2012

Ambassador Daniel Taub spoke at the beginning of the emotional Guildhall commemoration ceremony on Monday. He said: "There are some who have suggested that remembrance does not sit well with the Olympic atmosphere. But we answer: without remembrance there is no true celebration.

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Obama's tribute to murdered athletes

By Jenni Frazer, August 9, 2012

America's ambasssador to the UK, Louis Susman, brought a message from President Obama to the Guildhall commemoration.

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German Foreign Minister pledges solidarity with Israel

By Jenni Frazer, August 9, 2012

Germany’s Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, paid tribute at the Guildhall ceremony to the 11 murdered Israeli athletes and the German policeman, Anton Fliegerbauer, who died in the botched rescue attempt at the 1972 Munich Games.

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Ludwig Guttmann - father of the Paralympic Games - is celebrated on film

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2012

The daughter of the founder of the Paralympics Games has expressed delight that the hosting of the Games in London has reminded people of her father’s legacy.

Ludwig Guttmann was a renowned neurologist in Germany but, in 1939, helped by the British Society for the Protection of Science and Learning, he fled to Oxford to escape the Nazis.

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Father drowns in sea during mikveh ritual

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2012

Hundreds of people have mourned a strictly Orthodox community stalwart who drowned on holiday while using the sea as a mikveh.

Dov Berish Englander, from Stamford Hill, north London, got into difficulties after wading into the sea off Aberystwyth beach in Wales.

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Mayor of London Boris Johnson urged to take down bus ‘hate’ ads

By Simon Rocker, August 9, 2012

London’s public transport authority has said it will review its advertising policy after protests against a poster campaign on buses promoting an anti-Israel event next Friday.

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Fond farewell as feisty MP Louise Mensch leaves the UK

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2012

Louise Mensch has been wished well by colleagues and friends as she leaves the House of Commons to live in the US.

The Tory MP for Corby, who is not Jewish, has carved out a name for herself in her two years in parliament as a vocal supporter of Israel and Jewish causes.

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Synagogue treasurer who fell to his death was 'severely anxious'

By Marcus Dysch and Tristan Kirk, August 9, 2012

A synagogue treasurer who died after falling from an office window had been struggling with severe mental health problems.

Jack Shemtob, who was 53, fell from the sixth floor of the Transport for London (TfL) offices where he worked in south-east London.

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