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New fund for Israeli and Palestinian trade unions

October 15, 2009

A new fund to support Israeli and Palestinian trade unions will be set up in the wake of the TUC decision to agree a “consumer-led” boycott of Israeli goods.

The solidarity fund was started by the global body Trade Unions Linking Israel and Palestine (Tulip) at its inaugural meeting in London.

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No sun on the South Bank? Try West Bank

By Marcus Dysch, October 15, 2009

As Israeli officials worked hard this week to promote easyJet’s new London to Tel Aviv service, British tourism experts were advocating an alternative holiday venue — the West Bank.

EasyJet’s five-day charm offensive, run jointly with the Israeli Embassy, came ahead of its first low-cost flight to Israel, which takes off on November 2.

The campaign saw a London bus travel around the capital’s attractions, including Leicester Square and Spitalfields Market, offering a taste of what tourists could expect in Tel Aviv.

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Arab-Israeli duo to sing in London for the ZF

October 15, 2009

Israel’s ex-Eurovision Song Contest performers Mira Awad (above left) and Achinoam (Noa) Nini (above right) will perform at the Zionist Federation’s Yom Ha’atzmaut show next year.

The pair, who finished 16th in May’s Eurovision competition with their song There Must Be Another Way, will sing in London in April.

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Board blasts Israel’s 'maverick' defender

By Marcus Dysch and Simon Rocker, October 15, 2009

Board of Deputies vice-president Jerry Lewis has launched a stinging attack on fellow Board member Jonathan Hoffman over his tactics when defending Israel in public.

Mr Hoffman, who is also vice-chair of the Zionist Federation, has been criticised by War on Want and Amnesty for his vociferous attempts to challenge attacks on the Jewish state.

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Manchester's Ivan Lewis calls on opponent to stop Kaminski

By Marcus Dysch, October 15, 2009

The row over Michal Kaminski’s alliance with the Conservatives has spread to Manchester, where Labour’s Bury South MP Ivan Lewis has called on his Tory election opponent to condemn the partnership.

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Miliband sees red over Tory Euro-alliance

By Martin Bright, Political Editor, October 15, 2009

When David Miliband read the JC last Friday, he blew a gasket.

The cause of his fury was the interview with Michal Kaminski, Polish MEP and leader of the Tories’ new allies in the European Parliament, the European Conservatives and Reformists.

He had read Mr Kaminski’s frank remarks about his refusal to apologise for the notorious massacre of Jews at Jedwabne in July 1941 and his view that he did not judge this atrocity as being on the same scale as other crimes of the Holocaust.

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Kaminski: Jewish leaders feud

By Simon Rocker, October 15, 2009

Anglo-Jewry’s leaders this week mounted a damage limitation exercise in an attempt to quell internal rows over the Board of Deputies’ political competence.

Several members of the Jewish Leadership Council were enraged to discover that the Board’s president, Vivian Wineman, had written to Conservative leader David Cameron in the middle of last week’s Tory conference raising queries over the party’s European allies.

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Winehouse wows Strictly

By Jessica Elgot, October 15, 2009

A pop star battling addiction issues made a comeback on a prime-time family entertainment show last weekend and immediately sparked concern that the rehab had not gone so well.

The shock was that the pop star in question was not Amy Winehouse. For while a sweating, bug-eyed Robbie Williams was scaring viewers of X-Factor, Winehouse looked comfortable and composed on Strictly Come Dancing.

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Barak to Miliband: Don't accept Goldstone

By Jessica Elgot, October 14, 2009

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has urged David Miliband not to accept the UN’s Goldstone report into Operation Cast Lead in Gaza, which found Israel guilty of war crimes.

Mr Barak has embarked upon a telephone campaign to key European foreign ministers to persuade them to criticise the report ahead of the meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, who will discuss the report on Thursday.

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Geoffrey Vos is appointed as a High Court judge

October 14, 2009

Geoffrey Vos, the former chairman of the Bar Council, has been appointed as a High Court judge.

Mr Vos, 54, who also chairs the Social Mobility Foundation, said: “I am very much looking forward to taking up my appointment to the Chancery Bench.”

The head of chambers at 3 Stone Buildings for 11 years until spring this year, he was also appointed an Appeal Court judge for the Cayman Islands at the end of last year.

He is a member of both the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John’s Wood and also the Herefordshire Jewish community.

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