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Lib Dems won’t discipline David Ward over Gaza rocket tweet

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2014

The Liberal Democrats will not take disciplinary action against an MP who said he would “probably” fire a rocket if he lived in Gaza.

Bradford East MP David Ward tweeted last month: “The big question is – if I lived in Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes.”

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Cabinet row over move to suspend Israel arms licences

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2014

The government’s decision to suspend a series of arms export licences to Israel if hostilities resume in Gaza was the cause of a major row between the coalition parties, the JC understands.

Business Secretary Vince Cable holds sole responsibility for issuing arms licences, with legislation stating that even the Prime Minister cannot overrule the Secretary of State’s decision.

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UK 'will suspend 12 arms export licences to Israel if war restarts'

By Marcus Dysch, August 12, 2014

The government has identified 12 arms export licences for equipment to Israel which it says it will suspend if the current ceasefire with Gaza collapses.

A review of licences conducted by the Business, Innovation and Skills department has concluded that the vast majority are not for items that could be used by the Israel Defence Force in operations in Gaza.

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Culture Secretary Sajid Javid says Tricycle Theatre “misguided” over UK Jewish Film Festival boycott

By Sandy Rashty, August 12, 2014

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has criticised the Tricycle Theatre’s decision to boycott the UK Jewish Film Festival.

In a letter to UKJFF chair Stephen Margolis, he said the theatre had been “misguided” in demanding the festival drop its sponsorship by the Israeli embassy.

Mr Javid, the Tory MP for Bromsgrove, told the JC: “I am concerned about the impact of its decision.

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Boys admit vandalism at Jewish cemetery in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 8, 2014

Two 13-year-old boys have admitted vandalising headstones at a Jewish cemetery.

The boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage at Manchester and Salford youth court today, with both telling the magistrate: "I did it".

In June dozens of headstones were found smashed at Blackley cemetery in north Manchester.

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Gail Rebuck nominated as a peer by Ed Miliband

By JC Reporter, August 8, 2014

Publisher Gail Rebuck is one of 22 new working peers announced by Downing Street today.

Dame Gail, the chairman of Penguin Random House, was nominated by Labour leader Ed Miliband.

He said she would be an asset to the House of Lords.

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Man arrested over antisemitic stickers in Golders Green

By JC Reporter, August 8, 2014

A 66-year-old man has been arrested in connection with antisemitic stickers displayed in a Jewish area of north London.

Police received complaints when the stickers appeared around Golders Green tube station last month.

One sticker called Israel “a pious disease” while another called for the country to be “cancelled”.

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Glasgow Jews angry over council flying Palestinian flag

By JC Reporter, August 8, 2014

Jews in Glasgow have expressed anger at the city council’s decision to fly the Palestinian flag.

The council has raised the flag over the City Chambers today in what it calls a show of support “for the innocent people who are being hurt in Gaza”.

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Uncovered - my family's hidden past

August 8, 2014

In a far corner of the "new" Jewish cemetery (opened 1902) in the Polish city of Wrocław, Piotr Gotowicki is hacking away at the thick ivy that has grown over a gravestone.

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Game creator back on board after inspiring walk with her dog

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 8, 2014

Ten years ago, Beverley Ross created a board game which won a contest on a Discovery Channel reality TV show and was all set to be launched on to the market.

But it never made it to the toyshop shelves. A similar game called Cranium was brought out around the same time, causing production of Ms Ross's game to be abandoned.

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