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Outrage over UN's anti-Israel candidates

By Josh Jackman, March 23, 2016

The potential appointment of Penny Green or Michael Lynk as the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian territories has prompted outrage around the world.

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Trump warns about ‘people from the Middle East’ after Brussels attack

By Josh Jackman, March 22, 2016

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has said the US should be “extremely careful about people from the Middle East coming into our country” after the terrorist attacks in Brussels by Daesh.

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Daesh terror attack on Brussels kills 31; Israeli is injured

By Josh Jackman, March 22, 2016

Terrorist attacks in Brussels by Daesh have left at least 31 people dead and 250 injured, with an Israeli listed as one of the wounded.

Zaventem airport and Maalbeek metro station - which is located near to the European Commission - were targeted in the attacks on the Belgian capital city this morning.

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There is no political will for a two-state solution, Biden tells Aipac

By Josh Jackman, March 21, 2016

US Vice-President Joe Biden told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference in Washington DC yesterday that “no political will exists among Israelis or Palestinians” to find a peaceful solution to ongoing hostilities.

Addressing more than 18,000 people at the event, the vice-president also condemned Israeli settlement policies.

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I will leave Labour unless it stands up to antisemitism, says Lord Levy

By Josh Jackman, March 21, 2016

A Labour peer has warned he may leave the party unless its leadership sends out “a clear and unequivocal message” opposing antisemitism.

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In Iran, a Purim prank can land you in prison

By Josh Jackman, March 18, 2016

Two Jewish teenagers have been arrested after spray-painting “Death to Haman” on a building in Tehran ahead of Purim.

Police have not yet released the 17-year-old boys, despite being told it was a prank.

Shushan, where the Story of Esther took place, is traditionally understood to have been located where the city of Hamadan currently lies around 170 miles to the west of Tehran.

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American rabbis plan to boycott Donald Trump

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2016

Rabbis are planning to protest a speech by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a conference organised by a leading pro-Israel lobby.

Mr Trump, his party’s frontrunner in the race for the nomination, will give a speech to around 18,000 attendees at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual conference in Washington DC.

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Police no longer seeking arrest of two Jewish grandparents who missed court appearance

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2016

Police have cancelled an arrest warrant issued for two grandparents who failed to attend court after allegedly sending their daughter an offensive letter made with cut-out magazine letters.

It is understood that Hedy Freedman, 71, and Steven Freedman, 76, from Crosby in Merseyside, are now expected to appear at Liverpool Magistrates Court on April 13.

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BBC apologises after radio host tells listeners ‘Israel hasn’t really worked out'

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2016

The BBC has apologised after one of its radio presenters said on-air that Israel “hasn't really worked out” as a country.

BBC Radio London host Chris Rogers was hosting a phone-in on Tuesday about the refugee crisis when a caller asked: “Why can’t they put a load of them (refugees) in Africa?”

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Family's joy as fundraising target reached

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2016

A mother said she was "astonished and humbled" after the Jewish community funded a life-changing £40,000 operation for her son.

Four-year-old Asher Carroll from Brighton has cerebral palsy caused by a stroke he suffered before he was born, meaning he cannot stand or walk independently.

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What next? The London mara-thong?

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2016

Runners often pant - it's normal. But running only in pants?

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Royals back campaigner's wish to open minds to mental health

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2016

Mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin has said that speaking to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was "like talking to friends".

The ambassador for mental health charity Jami was meeting the duke and duchess ahead of a film screening about suicide prevention.

"We really could have talked for hours," Mr Benjamin said.

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Move to prosecute heads of Palestinian television

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2016

An Israeli NGO is preparing to file a complaint to the International Criminal Court against the heads of the main Palestinian TV station, whom they accuse of inciting viewers to kill Jews.

Shurat HaDin, a law centre based in Tel Aviv, is gathering complainants from around the world to strengthen its case against Palestinian TV bosses Riyad Al-Hassan and Ahmed Assaf, who they want arrested.

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Bayern Munich apologises over ‘Auschwitz’ tweet

By Josh Jackman, March 16, 2016

German football club Bayern Munich has apologised after posting a picture that some complained was reminiscent of Auschwitz concentration camp.

The image featured train tracks running up to Bayern’s Allianz Arena below a sign emblazoned with Italian club Juventus’ slogan “Fino Alla Fine” - meaning “until the end” - crossed out in red.

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Manchester united as 2,000 pro-Israel supporters set to attend rally today

By Josh Jackman, March 12, 2016

Around 2,000 pro-Israel activists are set to show their support at a national rally on Sunday.

The “Say No To Terror: Say Yes To Peace” rally, organised by North West Friends of Israel (NWFOI), will take place at 2pm at the Palace Theatre in south Manchester, which organisers expect to fill.

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Jewish group condemns Swansea council over boycott decision

By Josh Jackman, March 11, 2016

Jewish activists have condemned a city council for once again deciding not to rescind a boycott of Israeli companies.

The local authority in Swansea, south Wales, met on Thursday to discuss whether the council would continue to boycott businesses from Israeli settlements in east Jerusalem and the West Bank.

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Israeli wounded in stabbing in Jersusalem

By Josh Jackman, March 11, 2016

An Israeli man has been stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist in an attack in Jerusalem.

The victim, a 29-year-old man, was moderately injured near the Jaffa Gate in the Old City. He has been taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Centre in Jerusalem and is reportedly fully conscious.

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Manchester Israel rally set to attract 2,000 people, say organisers

By Josh Jackman, March 11, 2016

The national pro-Israel rally which was cancelled after protests from boycott activists is set to attract 2,000 supporters to a new venue this Sunday - and has the support of the Israeli Prime Minister.

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Dustin Hoffman: 'People ask me, what are you? I say: ‘I’m a Jew'.'

By Josh Jackman, March 10, 2016

Academy Award-winning actor Dustin Hoffman broke down in tears while learning about his great-grandmother, who escaped a Russian concentration camp.

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As Brüno, Sacha Baron-Cohen interviewed KKK man who went on to kill

By Josh Jackman, March 10, 2016

Sacha Baron-Cohen interviewed a white supremacist who went on to kill three people outside a Jewish community centre, the actor has revealed.

The British comedian filmed a scene with former Klu Klux Klan leader Frazier Glenn Miller - who was later sentenced to death - for his 2009 film Brüno. The footage was not included in the final cut.

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