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Israel's new envoy: Daniel Taub

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 23, 2011

The Israeli Foreign Ministry's senior appointments committee has selected London-born Daniel Taub as the next ambassador to Britain.

Colleagues lauded the selection of the 49-year-old as "an inspired and worthy choice", despite the Foreign Ministry employees' union objecting over his lack of seniority.

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Baroness Tonge's dream: Palestinians march to their homeland

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

Baroness Tonge has questioned the right of Jews to emigrate to Israel and described her "dream" of Palestinian refugees being able to "march to their homeland".

"I have a dream just like Martin Luther King… There could be hundreds of thousands if not millions of Palestinians marching to change their homeland.

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'Access - but no influence' says Board

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman has admitted the Jewish community has "no influence" over government policy and faces a testing time working to establish relationships with coalition ministers.

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Beautiful? James Blunt's Poland joke angers fans

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2011

James Blunt has been criticised by thousands of fans for making what has been interpreted as a joke about Auschwitz.

The British singer and former soldier was in Poland for a concert when he was photographed in front of a building near the infamous Nazi death camp.

Mr Blunt, 37, posted the image on his public Facebook page with the caption "Uh, this is my hotel in Poland".

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Daniel Taub to be Israel's next UK ambassador

By Jessica Elgot, June 20, 2011

Daniel Taub, the Israeli Foreign Ministry's deputy legal counsel will be the next Israeli ambassador to the UK.

British-born Mr Taub will replace Ron Prosor, who is now Israel’s ambassador the UN.

The appointment was decided by a senior committee at the Foreign Ministry, chaired by director-general Raphael Barak.

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Website sorry for Southern Cross gas chamber joke

By Jennifer Lipman, June 17, 2011

The editor of a satirical news website has apologised for "a regrettable lapse in judgment" after the publication of an article joking about plans to introduce gas chambers into British care homes.

The piece, titled Gas chambers in care homes '"nothing to worry about" says Southern Cross, has also been removed from the Square Mile site.

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University 'failed to probe anti-Israel talk

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 17, 2011

A group which monitors extremists has complained about the way Liverpool University investigated a medical course which it suspended for promoting anti-Israel propaganda.

Student Rights, which campaigns against extremism on campuses, said it had serious concerns after being refused Freedom of Information requests by the university.

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Pushing UK science abroad

By Robyn Rosen, June 16, 2011

Martyn Poliakoff, the Nottingham chemist, YouTube hit and elder brother of playwright Stephen, has been appointed Britain's science ambassador.

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Raid victim 'bound and left to die'

By Robyn Rosen, June 16, 2011

A pensioner died alone in her bedroom after burglars ransacked her home and left her bound, gagged and unable to call for help.

Eveline Kelmenson, 83, lay undiscovered for five weeks before relatives found her body on New Year's Day 2009.

The men broke in through the basement of her five-bedroom home in Leweston Place, Stamford Hill, north London, an Old Bailey jury heard this week.

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Sharia bill may pose a threat to Jewish courts

By Simon Rocker, June 16, 2011

A new move to limit the powers of Islamic sharia courts in the UK has aroused concern over its possible impact on batei din.

A private member's bill introduced by crossbench peer Baroness Cox would make it a criminal offence for religious courts to exceed their legal authority.

According to Simon Calvert, of the Christian Institute, which supports the bill, it would have no adverse impact on

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