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Labour backs Palestinian statehood bid

By Jessica Elgot, September 20, 2011

Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander has said the Labour party backs recognition of a Palestine state this week at the UN General Assembly.

Mr Alexander has written to William Hague setting out his party’s position on the statehood bid.

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Just Journalism media monitor to close

By Simon Rocker, September 19, 2011

Just Journalism, the organisation set up three years ago to monitor media coverage of Israel, is closing down.

A brief statement announcing the closure on its website this afternoon told supporters: "Despite our extremely modest budget it has become increasingly difficult to financially sustain the operation in the current economic environment".

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Jews removed from iTunes gospel and Christian section

By Anna Sheinman, September 19, 2011

The iTunes online store has responded to criticisms that Jewish songs were being listed as "Christian and Gospel" by changing the categorisation of the music in question.

The change followed a Jerusalem Post report on Sunday which complained that Apple's music player did not have a genre for Jewish and Yiddish music.

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Sean Penn and drag queens on Jewish Film Festival bill

By Jessica Elgot, September 19, 2011

Drag queens, a vodka baron, fake nuns and Israel's David Brent are just some of the colourful characters coming to London screens for the 15th UK Jewish Film Festival in November.

The festival will not tour to the regions as it has done in previous years, but instead plans to host regional screenings across the country at the same time as the 2012 UKJFF, making it a national festival.

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Holocaust resistance to be relived on Twitter

By Jennifer Lipman, September 19, 2011

The extraordinary efforts of a group of German students who resisted the Nazis are to be documented in a series of 140 character messages.

Next Sunday will see a host of stars gather at a London hotel for a ball in aid of the Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire.

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Britain to back Palestinian UN bid 'on condition'

September 16, 2011

The British government will only back a Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN next week under stringent conditions, a Foreign Office official said today.

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When in Rome: Chief to meet Pope

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2011

After welcoming him on behalf of the British interfaith community last year, the Chief Rabbi is to take part in a private meeting with the Pope in Vatican City.

Lord Sacks has been invited to meet Pope Benedict XVI for the second time in December, when he visits Rome for two days to give a lecture at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

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High Court to rule on Raed Salah arrest

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2011

A High Court judge is to rule on whether Islamic political activist Raed Salah was detained unlawfully in Britain.

Following a two-day hearing Judge Mr Justice Nicol reserved judgment on whether Home Secretary Theresa May's order to arrest Sheikh Salah was legal.

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Cameron's Jewish roots inform New Year message

By Jennifer Lipman, September 16, 2011

The Prime Minister has expressed his wish that the British Jewish community have a "happy and peaceful Rosh Hashanah" and vowed to defend Israel against its enemies.

David Cameron said he wanted to "pay tribute to the tremendous contribution your community has made to this country and continues to make each year".

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Claims Al Quds editor 'paid' by Gaddafi regime

By Jessica Elgot, September 16, 2011

London Arab journalist Abdel Bari Atwan has been accused by the Libyan transnational government of receiving monthly payments from the Colonel Gaddafi regime.

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