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UK set to talk tough to Israel as Abbas visits

By Martin Bright, January 12, 2012

The British government has stepped up its war of words with Israel over settlement building in advance of an official visit next week by Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas.

Ministers have grown increasingly frustrated by what they see as Benjamin Netanyahu's intransigent position on the issue, which is seen as a serious hurdle to peace in the region.

The Jewish Leadership Council and the B

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Jewish dog breeders call upon BBC to cancel Nazi-linked film

By Jessica Elgot, January 12, 2012

Jewish dog breeders are urging the BBC to cancel a new film about pedigree dogs - because a previous film compared breeders to Nazi eugenicists.

Pedigree Dogs Exposed was aired in 2008.

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Women still absent from Jewish leadership

By Simon Rocker, January 12, 2012

Fewer than a quarter of the trustees of leading Jewish organisations in the UK are women, according to a report from a commission into women and leadership in British Jewry.

Only 21 per cent of trustees of organisations affiliated to the Jewish Leadership Council were women; only a quarter of those had female chief executives; and only a quarter of the members of the Board of Deputies were wome

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NUS attacks Israeli firms

By Marcus Dysch, January 12, 2012

The Union of Jewish Students is "disappointed and surprised" after the National Union of Students launched a campaign challenging the practices of two Israeli-linked companies.

NUS urged students to encourage colleges to consider cancelling contracts with Veolia and Eden Springs.

French waste-management company Veolia has repeatedly been targeted by anti-Israel groups over its links to the J

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Call to prosecute anti-Israel Proms protesters

By Simon Rocker, January 12, 2012

A new pro-Israel lawyers group has written to the Metropolitan Police calling for the prosecution of protesters who disrupted a concert by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in London last September.

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Shock rise in domestic violence

By Marcus Dysch, January 12, 2012

The number of Jewish women abused in their own homes has risen by a third in the past nine months, according to the charity Jewish Women's Aid.

Serious attacks, including cases of attempted murder and kidnap, have soared by more than 300 per cent since March last year.

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Louise Mensch backs Shmuley Boteach for Chief Rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, January 12, 2012

Conservative MP Louise Mensch has joined magic man Uri Geller in backing the American rabbi Shmuley Boteach to take over from Lord Sacks as chief rabbi.

Mrs Mensch, who is married to Jewish music manager Peter Mensch, said she owed Rabbi Boteach her "lifelong love of, and appreciation for, the Jewish faith".

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Police open Twitter threat file

By Martin Bright, January 12, 2012

Police are now investigating three separate allegations of death threats from an antisemitic Twitter stalker who advertised himself as an Ed Miliband lookalike.

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Manchester property scammer jailed

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 11, 2012

A Manchester man has been jailed for his part in a £1 million property scam.

Raymond Abramson, 69, from Whitefield, pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court today to conspiracy to defraud, a bankrupt engaging in trade and an undischarged bankrupt being concerned in the management of a company.

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NUS criticised for building boycotts not bridges

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2012

The Union of Jewish Students has said it is "disappointed and surprised" after the National Union of Students launched a campaign challenging the practices of two Israeli-linked companies.

NUS urged students to encourage their universities to consider cancelling contracts with Veolia and Eden Springs.

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