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Rally for 'forgotten' Jewish refugees from Arab lands

By Jessica Elgot, September 26, 2011

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 handed out leaflets to tourists and waved Israeli flags.

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Jewish group Yachad backs Palestinian statehood bid

By Simon Rocker, September 23, 2011

Yachad, the alternative Israel campaign group, has come out in favour of United Nations recognition of Palestinian statehood.

Hannah Weisfeld, director of the organisation which launched in the UK earlier this year, said that it would prefer recognition of a Palestinian state to be "the end product of a negotiated settlement, rather than its starting point".

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Cameron attacks Ahmadinejad for election failure

By Jennifer Lipman, September 23, 2011

The British Prime Minister used his debut speech at the United Nations to denounce Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

David Cameron, speaking just after diplomats from 30 countries left the hall in a mass protest against the Iranian leader's presence, gave a speech attacking Mr Ahmadinejad's record.

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Dr Denis MacEoin's letter to the Edinburgh University Students' Association

September 22, 2011

May I be permitted to say a few words to members of the EUSA? I am an Edinburgh graduate (MA 1975) who studied Persian, Arabic and Islamic History in Buccleuch Place under William Montgomery Watt and Laurence Elwell Sutton, two of Britain's great Middle East experts in their day. I later went on to do a PhD at Cambridge and to teach Arabic and Islamic Studies at Newcastle University.

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Liverpool Archbishop: UN bid is 'opportunity' for Middle East

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2011

The Archbishop of Liverpool has called for "intensified prayers" for a solution to the Middle East conflict as the Palestinians take their bid for unilateral statehood to the UN.

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'I will defend Israel's right to exist as long as I have breath in my body'

By Jessica Elgot, September 22, 2011

Education Secretary Michael Gove promised to defend Israel's right to exist "as long as I have breath in my body" in a strikingly pro-Zionist speech this week.

Speaking to the UJIA's annual fundraising dinner in central London, he said the state was "under assault" and challenged the hypocrisy of some of Israel's critics. "I'm forced to ask certain questions.

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Northern backing for Big Tent

By Simon Rocker, September 22, 2011

Manchester Jewish Representative Council has formally declared support for the Big Tent for Israel advocacy conference due to take place in the city at the end of November.

MJRC president Lucille Cohen said the council had voted 14 to 1, with two abstentions, to back the event, whose main organiser is Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag of Whitefield Hebrew Congregation.

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Editor denies payments

By Jessica Elgot, September 22, 2011

London Arab journalist Abdel Bari Atwan has been accused by the Libyan transitional government of receiving monthly payments from the Colonel Gaddafi regime.

Libyan opposition leaders have distributed intelligence documents, claiming a number of Arab journalists received payments from Colonel Gaddafi's administration, allegedly including Mr Atwan.

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Jim Murphy: Labour still loves Israel

By Martin Bright, September 22, 2011

The Labour Party should resist pressure to embrace the boycott movement and should remain a staunch supporter of Israel under Ed Miliband's leadership, according to Labour's defence spokesman, Jim Murphy.

He said the party's decision to urge the government to vote for Palestinian statehood should not be seen as a betrayal of Israel, and warned that nothing would be solved by "a one-off symbolic

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Innuendo removed from mag

By Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2011

The New Statesman magazine has amended an online article written by a pro-Palestinian activist following complaints that it alluded to a Jewish conspiracy.

Activist Ben White, who has spoken at events organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and War on Want, had written about the London Philharmonic Orchestra's suspension of four players who put their names to a letter, published in the I

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