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Boots gearing up for a big move into Israel

By Simon Griver, May 23, 2008

Boots the chemist is sending a major purchasing delegation to Tel Aviv next month to buy innovative products from Israel’s healthcare manufacturers.

The company is also understood to be negotiating with New Pharm, Israel’s second-largest pharmacy chain, to rebrand the shops as Boots Israel.

New Pharm currently has 56 stores throughout Israel and 30 concessions in Hamashbir Lazarchan department stores.

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East London hit by anti-Israel graffiti

By Leon Symons, May 23, 2008

Police in East London have appealed for witnesses and information following a rash of anti-Israel graffiti which hit two boroughs last week.

A number of sites in Hackney and Tower Hamlets were attacked with blue and silver paint. Almost all of them carried slogans, such as “Jihad is the only solution for Israel”, “Jihad for Israel” and “Jihad to Tel Aviv”.

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BT calls Israeli firms to its tower

May 23, 2008

The iconic British Telecom Tower in London is to host an Israeli Innovation show next month.

Twenty-one Israeli high-tech start-ups are sending representatives to Britain, the result of a combined project between BT, the commercial department of the Israeli embassy in London and its Jerusalem counterpart, the Foreign Trade Administration of the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

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Antisemitic attackers burn man's property in Ireland

By Leon Symons, May 23, 2008

A spate of attacks against a businessman has culminated in antisemitic graffiti being daubed on the wall of his home in a village in County Galway.

Herb Meyer’s car had been set alight twice and now his wall has been sprayed with the words “Jew Go Home” alongside the word “Jew” and a swastika.

German-born Mr Meyer, who lives in the village of Tuam with his partner Armida Walsh, had been dividing his time between the Irish house and his main home in London.

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What baby boom? Board disputes birth statistics for UK Jews

By Leon Symons, May 23, 2008

A claim by a University of Manchester researcher that Britain’s Jewish population is growing for the first time since the Second World War has been questioned by the Board of Deputies.

Yaakov Wise, of the University’s Jewish-studies department, claimed that the population was 275,000 in 2005, but had increased to 280,000 by 2008. He said the main factor was the steady increase in births in the strictly Orthodox community.

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MPs slam universities over race-hate

By Leon Symons, May 23, 2008

Antisemitism on campus and the internet were the main targets during a debate on antisemitism in the main chamber of the House of Commons last week.

MPs from all sides of the House took the chance to express their views and comment on the government’s performance in acting on the recommendations of the Parliamentary All-Party Antisemitism report.

An international conference on antisemitism, supported by the Foreign Office, is to be held in London in February next year.

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UK says it is ready to pull out of ‘Durban II’ conference

By Leon Symons, May 23, 2008

Britain would pull out of the so-called “Durban II” conference on racism if it descends into another round of attacks on Israel and thinly veiled antisemitism.

Europe Minister Jim Murphy told MPs that while Britain would continue to work towards making the conference a success, he promised that a repeat of the blatant bias of the conference in 2001 would not be tolerated.

The first conference — the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Tolerance, to give its official title — was held in Durban in 2001.

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Rabbi speaks on abortion

May 23, 2008

The Reform movement’s Rabbi Jonathan Romain spoke against lowering the abortion limit from 24 weeks at a breakfast briefing for MPs ahead of this week’s vote.

Attempts to reduce the limit to 20 or 22 weeks were decisively defeated in the House of Commons on Tuesday night.

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By Leon Symons, May 22, 2008

Mr Yentob, a patron of the museum, was present for the start of building work on Monday, telling the JC: “The expansion is a huge leap forward for the museum.

“I think it’s going to be great. [The reopening] will be a big moment for everyone in June 2009.”

The new building will be triple the size of its predecessor, allowing the collections previously held at Camden and Finchley to be brought under one roof.

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Jamie spices up poker day

May 16, 2008

Jamie Oliver helped to cook up a six-figure sum for co-existence projects in Israel when he took part in the One to One Children’s Fund poker tournament in the West End on Sunday.



Jamie Oliver and David Altschuler at the One to One Children's Fund tournament

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