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IDF support served up with extra cheese

By Sandy Rashty, August 7, 2014

Diaspora Jews have been quick to support Israel at a time of conflict, but as well as the traditional appeals, some more unusual relief projects have emerged.

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Supermarkets defy demos by refusing to change policy

By Daniel Easterman, August 7, 2014

Supermarkets insist they will not change their policy on stocking Israeli goods, despite protests from pro-Palestinian activists.

Tesco and Sainsbury's have both been targeted by boycott protestors in the past few days. Tesco reported demos at 20 stores.

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Boycott protests 'ignored'

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 7, 2014

Police have been criticised for going soft on anti-Israel boycotters in Manchester in order to reduce confrontation.

City councillors want to move a snowballing protest away from the Kedem Israeli cosmetics store, expecting to draw thousands this weekend.

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UK Jewish Film Festival banned from the Tricycle Theatre: But some won’t attack boycott

By Sandy Rashty, August 7, 2014

The Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council have condemned the Tricycle Theatre’s decision to ban the UK Jewish Film Festival as “shameful”.

But despite the communal outrage, a number of Jewish figures involved with the north-west London theatre have refused to criticise the boycott.

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Ed Davey condemns targeting of synagogue

By Marcus Dysch and Daniel Easterman, August 6, 2014

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has condemned an antisemitic incident at a synagogue in his constituency.

A sign stating “child murderers” was fixed to the front door of Kingston Synagogue in Surrey last week.

It prompted the shul’s rabbi, Samuel Landau, to say he felt less safe in the area.

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Tricycle Theatre refuses to host UK Jewish Film Festival over Israeli sponsorship

By Sandy Rashty, August 5, 2014

A major London theatre has refused to host the UK Jewish Film Festival because it is sponsored by the Israeli embassy.

The Tricycle Theatre was scheduled to be the main venue for the UKJFF in November, with 26 films due to be screened there as well as six gala events.

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Community marks First World War centenary

By Daniel Easterman, August 5, 2014

Jewish leaders from across the community gathered together for a candlelit service to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.

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Baroness Warsi quits government over Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, August 5, 2014

Baroness Warsi has become the first minister to quit the government over its policy on Gaza.

The Faith and Communities Minister, who also had a role as a Foreign Office minister, resigned on Tuesday morning.

She said: “With deep regret I have this morning written to the Prime Minister and tendered my resignation. I can no longer support government policy on Gaza.”

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National Union of Students votes to boycott Israel

By Charlotte Oliver, August 4, 2014

The National Union of Students has voted to boycott Israel.

At a special meeting on Monday, the NUS national executive committee adopted a policy of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.

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A soldier's story: longing for home amid the carnage of the trenches

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2014

Marcus Segal enlisted at 17, entering the London Regiment straight from school in September 1914.

Standing only 5ft 2in tall, he became a Second Lieutenant in the 16th Battalion King's Liverpool Regiment a year later.

During his years of service he wrote more than 150 letters to his family, charting the tribulations of being Jewish on the frontline.

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