UK news

'Bid was right but Ed is wrong'

By Martin Bright, September 27, 2011

The Middle East peace process is riddled with contradictions and paradoxes.

It is always chastening to bear in mind, for example, that a two-state solution would result in a so-called "apartheid" Israel with a significant population of Arab citizens and a supposedly "free" Palestine without Jews.

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Minister: 'Prepare to work with the Islamists'

By Martin Bright, September 27, 2011

We should prepare for Islamists in government and even Islamist governments in the wake of the Arab Spring, the minister responsible for the Middle East said this week.

Speaking before next week's Conservative Party conference in Manchester, Alistair Burt said there was a need to distinguish between Islamists who were prepared to support peace within the new democracies and those, such as Hamas

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Israeli actors to join Globe Shakespeare festival

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2011

Israeli and Palestinian actors will be appearing on stage at London's Globe Theatre as part of an international William Shakespeare festival.

From April next year performers from 37 countries will be appearing in 37 of the Bard's plays in 37 different languages. It is a feat that has never yet been achieved.

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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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