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Manchester to pitch Big Tent for Israel

By Marcus Dysch, August 25, 2011

A major pro-Israel conference will go ahead in Manchester later this year despite disagreements over its name, format and the range of speakers.

It had been thought the November 27 event would be promoted under the We Believe banner first used by Bicom at its May conference, Britain's largest ever Israel advocacy event, in London.

But, following disagreements between organisers in the north

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Kate and Wills university expels student over Israel flag attack

August 25, 2011

A St Andrews University student was expelled this week after being convicted of a racially aggravated attack on a 21-year-old Jewish exchange student in the halls of residence in March this year.

His co-defendant, facing an identical charge, was acquitted after the case against him was found to be not proven, but he was nevertheless suspended from St Andrews for a year.

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Arsenal fan site: we didn't mean it in a racist way

By Jessica Elgot, August 25, 2011

The administrators of an Arsenal fan forum which used stars of David to denote which users had failed to donate to the site have apologised and promised to change the symbol.

The administrators of the site were adamant that the symbol was used because the nickname for their football rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, is "the Yids."

Members of the Arsenal fan forum We Are The Herd, which has more tha

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This could be last Quds Day demo

By Richard Millett, August 25, 2011

This year's Al Quds Day rally has prompted a strong response from Mayor Boris Johnson in anticipation of political rallies due to be held during the Olympic Games next year.

Although numbers for Sunday's Trafalgar Square rally, organised by the Islamic Human Rights Commission, were thought to be down on previous years, the level of vitriol remained distressingly high.

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TV station censure over Livingstone

August 25, 2011

A popular British Bangladeshi TV channel has been censured by Ofcom for bias over its coverage of a speech by former London mayor Ken Livingstone. Channel S, "the voice of British Bangladeshis across the world", reported on a controversial speech by Mr Livingstone to the Baishaki Mela festival in May, which marks the Bengali New Year.

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'We encourage our visitors to interact with the displays' – Madame Tussauds

By Marcus Dysch, August 25, 2011

An Israeli mother has described her shock at witnessing tourists making Heil Hitler salutes next to a waxwork of the Nazi leader at Madame Tussauds.

The woman visited the attraction with her husband and baby son and said she was amazed by fellow tourists posing for pictures with the Führer figure.

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Government in chaos over Alan Duncan's 'land grab' video

By Martin Bright and Simon Rocker, August 25, 2011

The government has been forced into an embarrassing climbdown after a minister described Israel's security barrier as a "land grab" and said that Israel deliberately took water away from the Palestinians.

Last week the Foreign Office and the Department for International Development (DfID) claimed the comments by Development Minister Alan Duncan reflected UK government policy.

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Jewish pupils celebrate top GCSE results

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011

Jewish pupils have followed last week's impressive A Level results by gaining top scores at GCSE.

At Immanuel College, 54 per cent of exam results were either A* or A, while 90 per cent of them were grade C or above.

The Bushey school also performed well in IGCSE papers, with all of the 19 pupils who sat it in maths gaining at least a B.

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Racially abused Jewish student felt 'unsafe' at St Andrews

By Marcus Dysch, August 24, 2011

A Jewish student who was racially abused in his university bedroom has said he felt a sense of duty to defend himself and see his abuser brought to justice.

Chanan Reitblat said he realised the trial would become a landmark case for Israel-supporting students, and that despite the personal hurt and humiliation, he must give evidence.

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St Andrews student expelled over anti-Jewish racial abuse

August 23, 2011

A St Andrews University student has been expelled after he was found guilty of racially abusing a Jewish post-graduate.

Drunken Paul Donnachie rubbed his genitals before wiping his hands on a flag of Israel pinned to Chanan Reitblat's wall.

The offence took place in the early hours of March 12 in a hall of residence in St Andrews.

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