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Tragedy of tourism PR employee

By Nathan Jeffay, March 1, 2012

Two months after an employee at Israel's tourism office in London committed suicide, it has emerged that she had claimed to be the victim of sexual harassment by a superior, and faced redundancy.

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Mr Vaizey goes to Israel - to see how it's done

March 1, 2012

Ed Vaizey, Britain's Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, is to lead a high-powered business delegation to Israel and the Palestinian Territories next week.

Representatives from some of the UK's top creative and media companies including BBC Worldwide, Ogilvy, Samsung and Albion will accompany him.

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'Honour' tie to Hamas

March 1, 2012

The controversial Palestinian academic, Azzam Tamimi, this week reiterated his commitment to Hamas in an address at London University's Queen Mary College.

Speaking at an event entitled One State or Two State Solution, under the auspices of QMC's Palestine Solidarity Society, Dr Tamimi told Israel's Ha'aretz newspaper that he had legitimate political views which opponents wished to silence.

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Islamic student head calls for co-operation

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

Jewish and Muslim students must work together to tackle antisemitism and Islamophobia and should embrace "reconciliation", according to the president of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (Fosis).

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'Vital' new Chair for students

March 1, 2012

Veteran publisher, Lord Weidenfeld, has described a new chair in Israel studies at Sussex University as vital in the fight against anti-Zionism and antisemitism.

The Yossi Harel Chair in Modern Israel Studies, named after the renowned captain of the Exodus ship that transported Jews to Palestine in 1947, would, claimed Lord Weidenfeld, "provide a rallying point not only for teaching but general

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Soccer official calls for help at local level

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 1, 2012

The biggest threat to fighting antisemitism in football is the lack of competence in grassroots organisations, according to the Football Association's former director of corporate affairs.

Simon Johnson, who worked for the FA for more than seven years and led its first strategy group to tackle antisemitism, said that a process started by the football body to make county FAs robust enough to dea

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Greens denounce JNF as 'racist' and colonial

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

The Green Party has called for the JNF to be stripped of its charity status and has pledged to sign up to a campaign which calls the charity "racist".

Delegates voted unanimously in favour of a motion condemning JNF's activities and denouncing its "claims to be an ecological agency" at the England and Wales party's spring conference on Sunday.

The motion was proposed by Deborah Fink, co-foun

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Lorna bids a sudden farewell to Bicom

March 1, 2012

The chief executive of the UK's top Israel pressure group is to step down to "pursue new opportunities", after almost six years at the helm.

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LSE student 'trivialises' Holocaust

March 1, 2012

London School of Economics Students Union has disqualified a candidate in its elections after he "trivialised the Holocaust".

Jason Wong was campaigning for a position as a student union trustee. After breaching two election rules last week he was suspended from campaigning for 48 hours.

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Israel and UK top cops meet at Scotland Yard

March 1, 2012

For the first time in recent years, Israel's police chief has made an official visit to Britain.

During a five-day trip that ended on Saturday night, Commissioner Inspector-General Yohanan Danino met Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, and invited him for a return visit to Israel after the Olympics.

He also held meetings at the Serious Organised Crime Agency and at the count

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