Brighton

Burchill gets the facts

By Cecily Woolf, August 12, 2010

Julie Burchill was among the 250 people who packed Brighton's Ralli Hall to hear "an idiot's guide to the Goldstone Report" by Israel Connect chair David Cohen. More potential audience members had to be turned away at the door.

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Israel boycotters pitch up in Waitrose

By Robyn Rosen, August 5, 2010

Security guards were forced to remove protesters who pitched a tent in the aisle of a Waitrose store and spent an hour urging shoppers not to buy Israeli goods.

The protest was organised by Brighton Jordan Valley Solidarity and its supporters included Simon Levin, one of the seven activists cleared last month of damaging an arms factory after successfully claiming they had acted to prevent Israeli "war crimes".

Staff called police after 10 protesters refused to move from the store in Western Road, Brighton.

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Israel boycotters pitch up in Waitrose

By Robyn Rosen, August 5, 2010

Vsecurity guards were forced to remove protesters who pitched a tent in the aisle of a Waitrose store and spent an hour urging shoppers not to buy Israeli goods.

The protest was organised by Brighton Jordan Valley Solidarity and its supporters included Simon Levin, one of the seven activists cleared last month of damaging an arms factory after successfully claiming they had acted to prevent Israeli "war crimes".

Staff called police after 10 protesters refused to move from the store in Western Road, Brighton.

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Full text of anti-Israel activist acquittal revealed

By Marcus Dysch and Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2010

The full transcript has been revealed for the first time of a judge's summing-up in the trial of seven anti-Israel activists acquitted of damaging an arms factory in January 2009.

Judge George Bathurst-Norman had told the jury at Lewes Crown Court that the group's leader should be awarded the George Cross for his campaign.

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Brighton's cover story

By Cecily Woolf, July 15, 2010

Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation members have been given an update on building work at the congregation's historic Middle Street synagogue.

Chairman Martyn Cooperman told the shul's annual meeting that essential repairs to the roof costing £460,000 had been completed.

English Heritage gave a £319,000 grant and a further £100,000 was taken from the proceeds from the sale of the cottage at the back of the synagogue. The remainder was met from shul funds.

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Two more Brighton activists cleared of factory damage

By Jessica Elgot, July 2, 2010

Two more pro-Palestinian activists who broke into an arms factory in Brighton and caused £180,000 worth of damage have been acquitted after they argued they were trying to prevent war crimes in Gaza.

Elijah Smith, 43, of no known address and Christopher Osmond, 30, of Islington Park Road, Islington were cleared of conspiracy to commit criminal damage.

The defendants' solicitor, Lydia Dagostino, said: "We are delighted at the result.

"It sends a clear indication that sometimes direct action is the only option when all other avenues have failed."

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Ambassador criticises judge in arms factory case

By Jessica Elgot, July 1, 2010

Israel's ambassador to Britain, Ron Prosor, has strongly criticised Judge George Bathurst-Norman over the direction he gave to a jury who acquitted five pro-Palestinian activists who broke into an arms factory in Brighton and caused £180,000 worth of damage. The five said they were seeking to prevent war crimes in Gaza.

The activists, Robert Nicholls, 52, Tom Woodhead, 25, Harvey Tadman, 44, Ornella Saibene, 50, all from Bristol, and Simon Levin, 35, from Brighton, argued that they were legally justified breaking into the factory, owned by EDO MBM.

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Election result: Brighton Pavilion

By Dina Rickman, May 7, 2010

Green Party leader Caroline Lucas, a vociferous critic of Israel, took the party's first Parliamentary seat in Brighton Pavilion.

Ms Lucas has called for a boycott of Israel and wrote on the “Israeli occupation of Palestinian Territories” in Jewish Socialist magazine. She enjoyed an 8.4 per cent swing from Labour.

After her victory Ms Lucas told the Jewish Chronicle:

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75th Anniversary Exhibition at Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue

By ktmimi26, April 9, 2010
Time:
Sunday 23 May
11:00am

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Anniversary Exhibition at Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue

By ktmimi26, April 9, 2010
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Sunday 16 May
11:00am

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