Josh Jackman

Net gain for fans’ own football site

By Josh Jackman, September 25, 2013

“We are the largest fan-driven platform in the world.”

This is the claim made by Israeli-born Asaf Peled, the chief executive of FTBpro.com, a football fan’s top port of call for user-driven news, opinion and humour on the beautiful game.

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BA says sorry over in-flight Israel map

By Josh Jackman, September 12, 2013

British Airways has apologised for displaying a map which has the name “Palestinian Territories” covering part of Israel.

The airline has promised to replace the image, shown to passengers on flights to Israel, by the end of this month.

A British Airways spokesperson said: “The phrase appears on an in-flight map system installed on a small number of our aircraft.

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Assad: ‘I will hand over chemical weapons’

By Josh Jackman, September 12, 2013

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said that he will hand over his country’s chemical weapons to the international community.

Speaking on Russian television, Mr Assad stated that “Syria is placing its chemical weapons under international control because of Russia. The US threats did not influence the decision.”

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Fans split as FA gives Y-word the red card

By Josh Jackman, September 12, 2013

Football supporters have given a mixed reaction to a move by the game’s governing body to brand the word “Yid” offensive and warn that fans using the term could be liable to criminal charges.

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Shabbat still holy for alleged drug dealers

By Josh Jackman, September 11, 2013

A group of alleged drug dealers, charged this week by New York police, would stop selling their wares on Shabbat.

The men, who were arrested in April for selling heroin and prescription painkillers from their Brooklyn base, reportedly alerted customers to their observance via text.

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FA says football fans using Y-word could be banned

By Josh Jackman, September 10, 2013

The Football Association has said it regards ‘yid’ as an offensive term, and has warned fans they could face criminal charges for using it.

In a statement, FA general secretary Alex Horne said his organisation believes that the word “is likely to be considered offensive by the reasonable observer and considers the term to be inappropriate in a football setting.”

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Harris and Mendelson fail to make Man Booker shortlist

By Josh Jackman, September 10, 2013

Eve Harris and Charlotte Mendelson have missed out on the 2013 Man Booker Prize shortlist.

The two writers, both 40, had been longlisted along with 11 other novelists, but failed to make the cut on the six-strong shortlist, announced this week.

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Howard Jacobson to rewrite Shakespeare

By Josh Jackman, September 9, 2013

Award-winning author Howard Jacobson has been commissioned to rewrite The Merchant of Venice.

Publisher Penguin Random House asked Mr Jacobson to write an updated prose “retelling” of the play as part of a series marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

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'Temple Mount is ours', says Israeli minister

By Josh Jackman, September 4, 2013

An Israeli government minister has said that Jews should be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount.

Uri Ariel, who serves as Housing and Construction Minister for the right-wing Jewish Home party, said this morning during his visit to the site that: “The Temple Mount is the holiest place for the Jewish people, and must be open for prayer at every hour to every Jew.”

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Battle over First World War soldiers’ graves

By Josh Jackman, September 4, 2013

Authorities are refusing to replace crosses on the headstones of two First World War soldiers with stars of David, despite acknowledging that evidence exists showing that the soldiers were Jewish.

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Israel removes sex from school textbooks

By Josh Jackman, September 4, 2013

Israel’s Ministry of Education has been criticised for removing a chapter on sex education from textbooks supplied to children in state-run religious schools.

The chapter, aimed at children aged between 12 and 15, describes the reproduction process, methods of contraception and sexually transmitted diseases. It was taken out after objections from Orthodox educational officials.

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Israel and US in joint missile test

By Josh Jackman, September 3, 2013

Israel has conducted a joint weapons test in the Mediterranean with America.

Two missiles were fired from the centre of the sea towards the coastline to check the effectiveness of Israel’s US-funded missile defence system.

The Russian Ministry of Defence said that two “ballistic objects” had been spotted on its early warning radar system at 7:16am BST.

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The shofar, the horn of plenty

By Josh Jackman, September 3, 2013

We all know the routine. As the ordered blasts — Tekiah! Shevarim! Teruah! — come in quick succession, the congregation holds its breath in anticipation of the dramatic climax. Finally, the longest note of all: Tekiah Gedolah!

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British trekker missing in Nepal

By Josh Jackman, September 3, 2013

A British man has gone missing while trekking in Nepal.

George Abboudi, 22, was last heard from on August 5, before he left his group of friends to embark on a hike through the Annapurna Conservation Area, in the north of the country.

The trek was planned to last until August 16. Mr Abboudi then intended to board a flight to Thailand on August 21.

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‘Not a bad deal’: Bale agent’s verdict on £86 million transfer

By Josh Jackman, September 3, 2013

Jonathan Barnett has just broken a world record.

After months of negotiations, the football agent this week wrapped up Gareth Bale’s £85.3 million move to Real Madrid, ending the most drawn-up transfer saga of the summer.

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Google boss Sergey Brin splits from wife

By Josh Jackman, August 29, 2013

Sergey Brin, the multi-billionaire co-founder of Google, is to divorce his wife of six years and has reportedly started a relationship with an employee.

A spokesperson said yesterday that the couple had been living apart for several months.

It is understood that Mr Brin, 40, began seeing Amanda Rosenberg, the marketing manager for Google Glass, after he split from his wife.

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Israeli gastric sleeve could revolutionise fight against obesity

By Josh Jackman, August 28, 2013

Israeli students have created an innovative device to help fight obesity.

The MetaboShield is a gastric sleeve which can be inserted endoscopically, meaning that any operation would be non-invasive, requiring no incisions, tissue damage or general anaesthesia.

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Australian MP provokes anger over pro-Orthodox voting guide

By Josh Jackman, August 28, 2013

An Australian MP’s attempt to curry favour with Orthodox Jews appears to have backfired.

Michael Danby, the Labour MP for Melbourne Ports in Victoria, has created two voting guides which provide examples of how to fill in ballots, the second of which relegates Australian Sex Party candidate Melissa Star from second voting preference to last.

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Pro-Palestinian hackers break into Google website

By Josh Jackman, August 27, 2013

Pro-Palestinian activists have succeeded in redirecting Google users to a defaced version of Google Maps which claims that Israel should be called Palestine.

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