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Swastika thong: yours to buy online

By Robyn Rosen, April 8, 2011

An online retailer has removed a range of products, including underwear and baby clothes emblazoned with an image of a swastika superimposed on a star of David, after a complaint from the JC.

CafePress, has removed the products, which had been sold since 2009 as part of the True Nazis range and carry the slogan, 'What Is The Different?' (sic).

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Countdown to Bicom advocacy conference

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

Organisers of Britain's largest-ever Israel advocacy conference have announced details of sessions and speakers who will appear at the event.

Delegates will hear from diplomats, politicians and media commentators.

The panel for a debate about the accountability of the IDF and international law will include Colonel Richard Kemp, the former commander of British troops in Afghanistan.

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Zionist gang plotted to kill Churchill

April 7, 2011

Jewish militants were planning in 1946 to assassinate leading British politicians including the then Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, and the fiercely anti-Zionist Foreign Secretary Ernest Bevin, according to MI5 files released from the National Archives this week.

An attempt on Bevin's life was "almost a topic of household conversation in the Middle East," said one top secret cable.

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Pro-Palestinian watchdog trade body launched

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

British trade relations with Israeli West Bank settlements are the focus of a new pro-Palestinian campaign group.

The founders of Prosper Palestine said the group will call on the international community to reject any economic relations with settlements and will work to support the Palestinian economy.

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MI5's intelligence on Jewish academic

April 7, 2011

A letter from Secret Service head Sir Vernon Kell to the Chief Constable of Hull prompted an MI5 investigation into Jacob Bronowski, one of Britain's most renowned academics, it was revealed this week.

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Nuremberg trial man's niece reunited with looted art

By Jessica Elgot, April 7, 2011

The first two paintings in more than 160 works of art stolen by the Nazis from a single family, have been returned to the British family of Rudi Epstein, an interpreter at the Nuremberg trials.

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Sephardim welcome women

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2011

Britain's oldest community, the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation, has become the first of the main Orthodox synagogue bodies in the UK to allow women on to its executive.

Members of the 350-year-old institution, which comprises four London synagogues, approved the change as part of a constitutional overhaul.

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Farming Minister supports plans to label kosher meat

By Robyn Rosen, April 7, 2011

The Farming Minister, Jim Paice, has said that in "an ideal world" kosher meat which has been slaughtered without pre-stunning would be banned.

Mr Paice also said he supported plans to label kosher meat, to keep people in the non-kosher market, which consumes 70 per cent of shechitah-slaughtered meat, well informed.

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Promise critics: Stop moaning, you have Friday Night Dinner

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

The chief executive of Channel 4 has dismissed Jewish and Israeli concerns over The Promise and claimed that comedy series Friday Night Dinner was an example of "balance" in the station's programming.

David Abraham said British Jewish life was portrayed "very positively" in the sitcom about a family meeting for a Shabbat-style meal.

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El Al bomb plot man could be free soon

By Jennifer Lipman, April 7, 2011

A terrorist jailed for 45 years in 1986 for plotting to blow up an Israeli plane could be released early after High Court judges ruled against the government.

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