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Nobel winners join Israelis in £10m campaign on disease

By Marcus Dysch, November 24, 2011

Dozens of Britain's top scientists flew to Israel this week to launch a major research project into regenerative medicine.

They joined around 200 Israelis at Ben Gurion University to share methods of tackling heart disease and Parkinson's disease using cell and gene therapies and tissue and biomedical engineering techniques.

The visit marked the launch of the British Israel Research and Acad

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Stalker's victim seeks damages from the CPS

By Marcus Dysch, November 24, 2011

The victim of a serial stalker is seeking damages from the Crown Prosecution Service, claiming the State failed to protect her.

Claire Waxman wants £5,000 compensation after the CPS dropped a charge against Elliot Fogel, who has repeatedly been convicted of harassing her and her family.

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Scottish hate crime figures rise

By Jessica Elgot, November 24, 2011

Scottish Jewish leaders have called new figures on hate crime prosecutions "worrying" and urged support for a new Bill targeting abusers who send antisemitic phone and email messages.

An analysis into religious hate crime by the Scottish Government released last week found that in 2010-2011, there were 16 prosecutions for religious hatred against Jews.

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Filmfest expands as UK plans Israel shoots

By Marcus Dysch and Nathan Jeffay, November 24, 2011

The biggest ever UK Jewish Film Festival ended this week with organisers promising an expanded event next year.

Documentaries, short films and TV shows from more than a dozen countries made up the 76 screenings at 14 venues over three weeks.

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York 'may tie with Hebrew University'

By Marcus Dysch, November 24, 2011

Students at York University will vote next week on whether to link up with Jerusalem's Hebrew University.

A referendum was initiated by politics student Jacob Campbell, who said he wanted to stand up for Israel and curb anti-Israel and antisemitic activity on British campuses.

If students vote in favour, York University Students' Union (YUSU) will "work to build links with students at the He

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Last hurrah for Sugar?

By Simon Rocker, November 24, 2011

What is likely to be the final battle in a six-year campaign to force the BBC to release a report into its Middle East coverage began at the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

London solicitor Steven Sugar first sought the publication of the Balen Report early in 2005 under the newly introduced Freedom of Information Act.

But although he died early this year, his widow, Fiona Paveley, was granted p

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Scanners fly in the face of modesty

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 24, 2011

A leading rabbi says that "naked" X-ray body scanners at airports are "immodest" and pose a halachic problem for religious Jewish women.

Dayan Yisroel Yaakov Lichtenstein, head of the Federation Beth Din, spoke as the government announced that passengers could not opt out of a scan if requested by security staff.

Transport Secretary Justine Greening said that the full-body scanners, which s

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Chief Rabbi says he was an admirer of Steve Jobs

By Simon Rocker, November 24, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has received short shrift in the national and technical press after apparently backtracking over remarks he made about the late Apple founder, Steve Jobs.

The comments, made at a 70th anniversary dinner for the Council of Christians and Jews last week, were reported online in the Daily Telegraph in a story headlined "Chief Rabbi blames Apple for helping create selfish soc

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New push to strip Saif Gaddafi of his PhD

By Jessica Elgot, November 24, 2011

Campaigners have renewed demands for the London School of Economics to strip Saif al-Islam Gaddafi of his PhD, in the wake of his arrest in Libya.

Conservative MP Robert Halfon, who has campaigned for universities to reveal their links to the former Libyan regime, said it was now "vital the LSE comes clean about the relationship with Gaddafi."

He added: "Those LSE members who fêted Saif Gad

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Big Tent 'ban' not a ban, but a balance

By Simon Rocker, November 24, 2011

A prominent spokesman for Jewish settlers in the West Bank has complained of being excluded from Sunday's Big Tent for Israel conference in Manchester.

Yisrael Medad is a former emissary to the UK for the right-wing Betar youth movement, who now lives in the settlement of Shiloh.

On his blog My Right Word, Mr Medad questioned the apparent lack of any settler representative at the advocacy ev

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