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Voice of hope in UK Muslims for Israel

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

The latest pro-Israel advocacy group emanates from an unlikely source, but is dedicated to turning the tables on the delegitimisation campaign.

British Muslims for Israel aims to challenge perceptions within the Muslim community about life in the country, according to one of its founders, Hasan Afzal.

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Airline strike 'like Kristallnacht' claim

By Robyn Rosen, March 31, 2011

A British Airways steward has compared a dispute with the airline with Kristallnacht.

The comments were made on Victoria Derbyshire's programme on BBC Radio 5 Live on Tuesday when guests discussed new strike action by British Airways staff.

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Protests drive Ahava out of Covent Garden

By Robyn Rosen, March 31, 2011

The UK branch of Israeli cosmetics store, Ahava, is moving from its central London shop after years of pro-Palestinian demonstrations.

Protesters claim that the products sold in the store are manufactured in a factory in Israeli settlement, Mitzpe Shalom in the West Bank but are "misleadingly" labelled as produced in Israel.

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'Stop the JNF' campaign relaunched

March 31, 2011

A campaign which calls the JNF "racist" and "colonialist" has been revived this week.

Stop The JNF was relaunched on "Palestinian Land Day" as part of a day of action organised by the BDS movement to commemorate the deaths of six Palestinian activists during marches in 1976. The group hopes to get the charitable status of JNF revoked, a tactic already rejected by the Charity Commission.

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Noshers hold-up: He battered both of them

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

A fishmonger has described how he fought off a gunman during an armed robbery at his delicatessen.

Adam Bernholt was working alone at his Noshers Smoked Salmon Company shop in Edgware when two robbers came in, pointed a handgun at him and demanded money.

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New threat to shechitah 'modern yellow star'

March 31, 2011

A Conservative politician in Europe has been accused of "blatant discrimination" and introducing the "21st century equivalent of the yellow star" after he launched new plans to label kosher meat.

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The Promise: Even the extras felt ashamed

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

An Israeli woman who appeared in the series said she felt "ashamed and disgusted" after viewing the completed programme.

Yehudit Collins, a retired office administrator from Jerusalem, and her husband, Chaim, worked as extras on the film.

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Peter Kosminsky says he kept Promise

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

Film-maker Peter Kosminsky has staunchly defended his drama series The Promise in his first public comments. Speaking at a Q&A session on Tuesday hosted by the TV station Al-Jazeera, Mr Kosminsky, 54, said that some reactions had been "hysterical".

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Israeli flag refusal angers Bury Jews

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 31, 2011

Bury Council's decision to refuse to fly the Israeli flag from the town hall on Yom Ha'atzmaut has angered the local community.

Karen Solomon, chair of the Yom Ha'atzmaut Committee, which organises communal celebrations in Greater Manchester for the day, said it was the first time the community had asked Bury to fly the flag, but the council has refused after a month of repeated requests.

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Rothschild help for Jacob and sons paintings

By Simon Rocker, March 31, 2011

Paintings of Jacob and his Twelve Sons, linked to Jewish emancipation, are to remain in their historic home after a campaign to stop their sale.

The portraits by 17th century Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbaran were brought to Durham by the philosemitic Bishop Richard George in 1756. They have hung in Auckland Castle, the bishop's official residence, ever since.

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