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It's our city, not the rioters', say Manchester's clean-up brigade

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 11, 2011

Manchester's great clean-up on the day after the riots was masterminded by a 34-year-old resident of Reddish, south-east Manchester, Jeremy Myers. More than 1,000 people, branded the "broom army", gathered in the city centre at 9am after Mr Myers, grandson of the late Sephardi rabbi, Dr Maurice Gaguine, tweeted the idea after being outraged by live television coverage of the riots.

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Israelis warned of riot security on UK visits

By Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2011

Israel has issued a travel advisory to any citizens planning a trip to the UK.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office frequently issues guidance to travellers planning on going to Israel, but this week the tables turned.

As images of rioting and looting were transmitted on television screens around the world, the Israeli Foreign Ministry stopped short of issuing a serious travel warning.

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One sip and they were gone from BBYO tour

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

Three BBYO boys have been sent home from their Israel tour after a parent allowed them sips of his beer.

Ian Kersen said his son Gil sipped his beer on the "family night" in Jerusalem at the end of the tour, as did his son's friends Daniel Levene and Ben Fink, despite warnings that drinking alcohol would mean an early flight home.

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Israel gap years may win students places

By Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2011

Youth movements this week welcomed the idea of participants on gap year schemes in Israel being able to use their time abroad to help them win a university place.

Under a scheme run by the Asdan awarding body, students on structured gap years can boost their Ucas points by 70 points – equivalent to an A grade at AS Level – by earning a Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (Cope).

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Boycotter Loach attends anti-racism sport event

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

The director of Show Racism the Red Card (SRRC) has defended the inclusion of anti-Israel film director Ken Loach at its recent anniversarycelebrations.

Football agent Jeff Weston said he was shocked to receive an invitation to SRRC' s 15th anniversary event, only to find Mr Loach would be one of the guests of honour.

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Labour MP praises Hamas

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

A Labour MP has expressed confidence in the "re-launched" and "moderate" Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and praised Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh for renouncing violence.

Sandra Osborne, MP for Ayr Carrick and Cumnock, was one of the British MPs who met Mr Haniyah during a recent visit to Gaza.

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Boycotters threaten Israel prom

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

The Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra is to be targeted by pro-Palestinian pickets when it performs at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall on September 1.

BRICUP, which promotes academic and cultural boycotts of Israel, called for a boycott of the sold-out concert and sent an open letter to Proms director Roger Wright.

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David Lewis, face of Eilat tourism mourned

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

David Lewis, the Anglo-Jewish entrepeneur who turned Eilat into an international holiday destination, died at his London home on Tuesday aged 87.

His Isrotel group, which brought five-star luxury to the desert resort with the opening of the King Solomon's Palace in 1984, now owns a dozen hotels and spas across Israel.

Rafi Shalev, director of the Israel Government Tourist Office in London, s

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New End theatre to become synagogue

By John Nathan, August 11, 2011

London's most Jewish theatrical venue is set to close - and become a synagogue.

Artistic director and chief executive Brian Daniels, who has been running the New End Theatre for 14 years, has finally decided to give up the battle against the spiralling maintenance costs of a building that was originally a hospital morgue before it was converted into a theatre 37 years ago.

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Challenge to Guardian's report on Tottenham riots

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 11, 2011

The Guardian newspaper amended its coverage of the Tottenham riots after a complaint that Chasidic Jews were unfairly singled out for allegedly "jeering at police".

Manchester's Jewish Representative Council were among those complaining that the newspaper had broken its editorial code in unnecessarily identifying people's religious or ethnic background in a description of a mixed crowd of onloo

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