UK news

We believe in Israel: A new beginning

By Jenni Frazer, May 19, 2011

It was, declared Lord Kestenbaum, opening the We Believe in Israel conference on Sunday, the largest single gathering in Britain on behalf of Israel.

It encompassed all shades of political and religious opinion, all ages - with a healthy 20 per cent of student age - and included both Jewish and non-Jewish supporters of Israel, particularly from churches, trade unions, and political parties.

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Plan to ban Israeli books in Scotland

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

Books by Israeli authors could be removed from Scottish libraries as part of a council's boycott policy.

The ban is enforceable in libraries run by West Dunbartonshire Council, which covers towns and villages west of Glasgow.

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The frontrunners for UK Israel envoy revealed

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 19, 2011

The Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem is expected to announce Israel's new ambassador to the United Kingdom next week. The ambassador will be an internal candidate, and not a "political appointment".

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Bury tells Nazis in uniform: we don't want you here

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 19, 2011

Police say they will not be taking action against Nazi impersonators who flaunt swastika flags or dress as Nazi war criminals at a WW2 re-enactment event in Bury next bank holiday weekend.

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Leeds push to block Co-op boycotters

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 19, 2011

Activists in the Leeds Jewish community are spearheading a campaign to fight off a national boycott of Israeli goods by the Co-operative Group.

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Advice from Israeli security experts

By Robyn Rosen, May 19, 2011

From iPhone apps warning homeowners they have an intruder, to key-free locks, Israeli companies have shown they are at the forefront of security technology at the UK's largest security event.

Twelve Israeli companies joined 600 others at the annual IFSEC exhibition in Birmingham this week, to show off groundbreaking technology.

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Philip Roth wins Man Booker International

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2011

Philip Roth has been awarded the 2011 Man Booker International prize.

The biannual prize, given out this year for the fourth time, is worth £60,000.

Mr Roth was honoured over 12 other writers including Australian Jewish author David Malouf.

The 78-year-old, whose body of work includes Portnoy's Complaint and The Plot Against America, saw his 31st book published last year.

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Arrest during Israeli embassy Nakba Day protest

By Jessica Elgot, May 16, 2011

A man was arrested during the "Nakba Day" rally outside the Israel Embassy yesterday.

Around 60 pro-Israel supporters led a counter demonstration to the rally outside the Israel Embassy on Sunday. Around 150 activists attended the "Nakba Day" demonstration which called for "solidarity with third Palestinian Intifada".

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Delay for miscarriage of justice appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, May 13, 2011

A man who was jailed 35 years ago for the gruesome murder of a Jewish clothing shop owner is unlikely to have his appeal heard until next year.

Errol Clive Heibner, known as John, was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 1976. He was convicted of shooting Beatrice "Biddy" Gold in the storeroom of her family's business, but always maintained he was not guilty.

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Israel finally flies the flag over Bury

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 13, 2011

Around 100 people gathered to witness the first time an Israeli flag was raised over Bury Town Hall to mark Yom Ha'atzmaut, and it appears the event could occur annually.

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