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Cable Street memories: The day that every horse went down

By Jessica Elgot, September 27, 2011

For Cable Street veteran, Michael Sherbourne, the famous battle against the fascists in Whitechapel, 75 years ago next Tuesday, was a foregone conclusion.

"It was a deliberate provocation. We knew we were going to stop them."

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Tourism with a twist

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2011

A new travel company is offering British Jews the opportunity to take holidays with a difference - staying with Muslim families in East Jerusalem and visiting the Palestinian territories.

The trips are part of a range of interfaith tours offered by Middle East Journeys to encourage religious Jews, Christians and Muslims to step out of their comfort zones and meet those with other beliefs.

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Gove asks schools to pull out of Tottenham festival

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2011

Education Secretary Michael Gove has intervened to ask primary schools to pull their pupils out of a literature festival organised by pro-Palestinian campaigners.

Mr Gove wrote to headteachers after learning of the plans for youngsters to attend workshops at the Tottenham Palestine Literary Festival.

Eight schools from the north London boroughs of Islington and Haringey had signalled their i

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Muslims speak up for peace

By Jessica Elgot, September 27, 2011

A new, pro-peace Islamic website, which aimed to get one million to sign a manifesto denouncing terrorism, has been repeatedly taken down by cyber attacks.

The website "Peace for Humanity" was launched at Wembley Arena before an audience of 12,000 Muslims last weekend.

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Mid-East's forgotten minorities

By Jessica Elgot, September 27, 2011

While the United Nations controversial "Durban III" conference against racism took place in New York, protesters gathered in Trafalgar Square to highlight the plight of Jewish and other persecuted minorities driven out of the Middle East and North Africa.

Organised by Harif, which represents Jews from the Arab world, the British Israel Coalition and Stand With Us UK, around 100 demonstrators ha

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LPO: 'Jewish pressure' led to suspensions

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2011

Dozens of musicians, artists, playwrights and activists have urged the London Philharmonic Orchestra to reconsider its suspension of four members for expressing anti-Israel views.

In a letter published in the Daily Telegraph, 117 signatories, most of who have long track records of anti-Israel activism, attacked the LPO's action after the four players put their names and that of the LPO to a let

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Envoy: put campus problems in context

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2011

The British ambassador to Israel has warned of a "reverse delegitimisation" that is taking place whereby Israelis choose not to study in Britain because its campuses are perceived as "hotbeds of antisemitism".

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NUS scraps former anti-Israel policy

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2011

The National Union of Students has scrapped its anti-Israel policy and replaced it with a motion backing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

NUS will now encourage student unions to host round-table debates on the situation in the Middle East and promote interfaith initiatives on campus.

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Idea that's dead on the money

By Simon Round, September 27, 2011

You have seen the ads for comparethemarket.com. Now prepare for the latest comparison website – comparethecoffin.com.

This new venture is a Jewish-Muslim partnership between Londoners Steven Mitchell and Akhmal Saleem.

The idea came to 45-year-old Mr Mitchell after he had created a bicycle for children – a business which got him onto the BBC's Dragons' Den.

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Sweet New Year for the troops

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2011

Packs of kosher provisions have been distributed to Jewish troops serving in the British armed forces to help them celebrate Rosh Hashanah.

The parcels, including honey cake, dried fruits, powdered chicken soup and other treats, were dispatched to those serving in Afghanistan and other conflict zones. They are provided by the Jewish Committee for HM Forces.

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