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UJIA chair threats to sue over resignation petition

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

A petition calling for the resignation of UJIA chairman Mick Davis over his outspoken criticism of Israel has been closed after he threatened to sue its creator.

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The real star of the Office gets a blue plaque

By Jessica Elgot, March 17, 2011

Three generations of the Gestetner family gathered this week at the former home of the man who revolutionised office equipment, to see the unveiling of an English Heritage blue plaque at the house he lived at for 40 years.

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Advert that put Jerusalem in Palestine censured

By Simon Rocker, March 17, 2011

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against an official Palestinian tourism advert for including Jerusalem as part of Palestine.

The Travel Palestine advert, which appeared in National Geographic Traveler magazine in January, attracted 149 complaints to the ASA including from the Board of Deputies, the Zionist Federation and the Manchester Jewish Representative Council.

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William and Kate will smash glass at wedding

March 17, 2011

The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton will take place at Westminster Abbey amid the normal pomp of the Anglican ceremony.

But this time there will be crucial differences - including a traditional Jewish wedding practice.

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Stolen Klein painting recovered

By Robyn Rosen, March 17, 2011

A £6,000 painting stolen from a St John's Wood art gallery two years ago has been recovered after a fan of the artist discovered it hanging in a Moroccan shop.

Three of Anita Klein's paintings were bought with a fraudulent credit card from the Boundary Gallery on the last day of her exhibition two years ago.

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'Death threats' against interfaith man

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

A leading interfaith organisation has condemned death threats against an imam who preached evolution and supports women's rights.

Usama Hasan was threatened after Muslim protesters disrupted a lecture he was giving last month, calling for his execution.

The Woolf Institute's Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish relations said hatred should make way for debate.

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Why mother gave kidney to a stranger in Israel

By Keren David, March 17, 2011

A mother-of-five has become the first Briton to travel to Israel to donate a kidney and save the life of a stranger.

Tzivia Abrams, 40, went back to work as an office administrator on Monday, just over a week after after donating her organ to 10-year-old Hodaya Amran, from Elad.

Because Hodaya's problems were genetic, her own family was unable to help her.

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Muslim student conference looks at extremism

March 17, 2011

The organisation which represents Muslim students has held its first conference on campus extremism.

The Federation of Student Islamic Societies' Radical Thinking event took place at UCL last Friday.

It heard from speakers including David Knowles, a police liaison officier with the government's Prevent anti-terror strategy, and Mehri Niknam of the Joseph Interfaith Foundation.

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Edinburgh Students Union votes for boycott

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

Students at Edinburgh University have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a boycott of Israeli goods.

On Monday, around 270 backed a boycott motion with only 20 voting against it. Israeli products will not be sold in student union shops, and they will encourage suppliers to stop using Israeli products.

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Israeli students fear disclosing where they are from

By Robyn Rosen, March 17, 2011

Israeli students at British universities have spoken about the "hostility" they feel on campus. One says she hides her nationality.

In the past year alone, police have been called to anti-Israel protests at Manchester and Edinburgh universities and the London School of Economics.

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