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Amnesty to host anti-Israel Atwan talk

By Marcus Dysch, April 28, 2011

Amnesty International has defended its planned hosting of an anti-Israel event featuring guest speakers including controversial journalist Abdel Bari Atwan.

Mr Atwan was investigated by police following a lecture last December in which he called Jewish students "Nazis" and repeatedly referred to "the Jewish lobby" controlling America.

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Apology for LSE professor slap threat

April 28, 2011

A senior LSE professor has apologised for threatening to slap a Board of Deputies vice-president.

Anthropology specialist Martha Mundy was listening to a debate on Israel at the school in January when she clashed with Jonathan Arkush.

She told him: "I want to give you a slap in the face" and accused him of "professional defamation" over comments about her chairing of a previous event.

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Gyspy scare stories given Jewish makeover

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

A group campaigning for the rights of Britain's traveller communities has set up a website substituting the word gypsy in "blatantly racist" headlines with the word Jew.

The Dale Farm Solidarity group built Jewify to raise awareness of the "official institutions, mainstream politicians, or newspapers openly espousing…racism against Gypsies".

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'Scary': The Promise up for Bafta award

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

A controversial drama series about British Mandate Palestine has been nominated for the most important award in British television.

The Promise, written and produced by Peter Kosminsky and screened on Channel 4 earlier this year, is up for a 2011 Philips British Academy Television Award (Bafta) for Drama Serial.

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Ahava four convicted of trespass

By Jessica Elgot, April 21, 2011

Four activists who chained themselves to concrete block inside the London branch of Israel cosmetics shop Ahava were illegally trespassing, a judge has ruled.

All four defendants, who have been conditionally discharged, argued the store was committing "war crimes" by selling products from an Israeli settlement, Mitzpe Shalem, in the West Bank. They plan to appeal the verdict.

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BBC rejects complaints over flotilla

By Marcus Dysch, April 21, 2011

A Panorama programme which investigated the Gaza flotilla incident has been largely cleared of inaccuracy and partiality by the BBC's editorial standards body.

The BBC Trust apologised for three breaches of accuracy and impartiality, but rejected dozens of complaints which were made by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and its supporters.

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Rabbi settles out of court

April 21, 2011

The United Synagogue has reached a deal with the rabbi of Britain's largest Orthodox congregation who took the US to court to protect his job.

Rabbi Mendel Lew, senior rabbi of Stanmore and Canon's Park Synagogue since 2006, won an interim injunction last month to stop the US holding a review into his professional capability.

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ZF parties for Israel 63

April 21, 2011

Europe's biggest Israel Independence Day event is due to take place in London next month.

The Zionist Federation's Israel 63 Yom Ha'atzmaut party will feature singer Einat Sarouf.

Young Israeli performers Adi Bouskila, Gilan Shahof, Yael Erez and Ido Shavit, who were due to perform at Yom Ha'atzmaut last year, but were grounded due to the volcanic ash incident, will also be there.

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The JCC finally gets the builders in

By Jenni Frazer, April 21, 2011

It has taken a little longer than anticipated but Dame Vivien Duffield's ambitious plans for a Jewish Community Centre in London, first mooted in October 2003, are finally taking physical shape. The old Mercedes showroom in north-west London's Finchley Road has been razed and construction is likely to begin in late summer or early September.

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Anguished brother: why did she die?

By Robyn Rosen, April 21, 2011

The brother of a woman who died after a routine operation in a London hospital may make legal history if a request is granted for a third inquest into her death.

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