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Rockets hit southern Israel

By Robyn Rosen, August 19, 2011

More than 10 rockets have been fired at Ashkelon, Beersheva and Kiryat Gat after Palestinians mounted a series of terrorist attacks in southern Israel.

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Eilat terror 'most severe' in area in years

By Robyn Rosen, August 18, 2011

The Israel Defence Force says it has the situation under control after a series of terrorist attacks in southern Israel which have left five people dead.

Lieutenant Colonel Avital Leibovich, an IDF spokeswoman, confirmed there were multiple attacks – two on civilian buses, one on an IDF patrol vehicle and one on a civilian tractor.

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Londoner triumphs in international yacht event

By Robyn Rosen, August 18, 2011

A London Jewish businessman is celebrating after his yachting team won a trophy at the prestigious Fastnet offshore sailing race.

Richard Loftus, 68, who is a member of South Hampstead Synagogue and director of the Accurist Watch Company, captained a three-yacht team representing the Herzliya Yacht Club, led by his own boat, Desperado of Cowes.

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Barak: Palestinian terrorists behind deadly Eilat attack

By Robyn Rosen, August 18, 2011

Israeli defence minister, Ehud Barak, has said Palestinian terrorists are behind three attacks in Israel today, which has left five people dead.

During the first attack, shots were fired, reportedly from the Egyptian side of the border, at an Egged civilian bus travelling from Shizafon to Eilat, in southern Israel.

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Minister Alan Duncan says Israel wall 'land-grab'

By Robyn Rosen, August 18, 2011

The Government has said the views of Alan Duncan, Minister for International Development, who described the Israeli security wall as a "land-grab" and claimed Israelis deliberately take water away from Palestinians, reflects its position.

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10 wounded in Eilat bus attack

By Robyn Rosen, August 18, 2011

Five people have died and at least 10 left wounded after three Israeli buses were shot at, it has been reported.

The initial shots, reportedly from the Egyptian side of the border, were fired at a bus travelling 20km from Eilat, in southern Israel.

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Orthodox school wins reprieve

By Robyn Rosen, August 4, 2011

A strictly Orthodox primary school in Stamford Hill has been granted temporary retrospective planning permission.

With around two dozen pupils, the Gur school has been operating from a three-storey house in Fairholt Road for almost a year.

Hackney Council has approved plans for a five-classroom school for 40 boys aged from three-to-seven.

The council received 102 letters of support and 25

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Golders Green school reaches final hurdle

By Robyn Rosen, August 4, 2011

Plans for a modern Orthodox free school in Golders Green are a step closer with the announcement that it has reached the final stage of the application process.

The Golders Green Jewish Primary School has met the criteria set by the government's free schools programme and is now through to the interview stage.

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Israel 'smeared candidate' for Irish presidency

By Robyn Rosen, August 4, 2011

Israel has been accused of launching a smear campaign against Irish presidential candidate, Senator David Norris, after a blogger wrote about his relationship with an Israeli peace activist.

John Connolly, a 22-year-old Zionist blogger from Ealing, revealed last month that Senator Norris's former partner, activist Ezra Nawi, had been convicted of a series of crimes, including sleeping with an

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Mill Hill primary wins site battle

By Robyn Rosen, July 28, 2011

Planning permission has been granted for the Etz Chaim Jewish Primary in Mill Hill despite vociferous local opposition.

The one-form entry primary - one of the government's first free schools - will accept nursery and reception pupils in the autumn.

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Jersey MP gets more hate mail

By Robyn Rosen, July 28, 2011

Jersey's deputy chief minister, Freddie Cohen, has once again been the victim of antisemitic hate mail just weeks after announcing he would step down following a racist death threat.

Senator Cohen, the former president of Jersey's 65-family Jewish community, said he and his family were left "deeply upset" after receiving the letter at his home address.

"The content is traditional, deep-roote

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Spin doctors get a surgery

By Robyn Rosen, July 28, 2011

Campaigners are being given lessons in combating anti-Israel rhetoric in the media.

Around 30 people took part in the Zionist Federation's Writing Course for Israel Advocates in London on Sunday where they learnt about writing letters to the editor, effective blogging and how to respond on forums, Facebook and Twitter.

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Mayor's hi-tech hopes

By Robyn Rosen, July 28, 2011

The Lord Mayor of London has said that the capital is a "natural home for Israeli companies" after returning from leading a business delegation to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

Michael Bear, a member of New North London Synagogue, visited Israel earlier this month to promote UK-based financial and professional services and to explore opportunities in the OPT.

He met Israel

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Amy Winehouse: a frail little girl on course of self destruction

By Robyn Rosen, July 28, 2011

The rabbi who conducted Amy Winehouse's funeral service spoke for the first time this week of the trauma for her parents who lost their singer-sognwriter daughter.

Former Finchley Progressive Synagogue minister Rabbi Frank Hellner was asked to conduct the funeral service after a friend of Amy's father, who works with the rabbi's wife at Hendon Reform Synagogue, suggested him.

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Eastenders spot for Jewish actor Elliot Rosen

By Robyn Rosen, July 25, 2011

A Jewish actor with Down's Syndrome has landed his dream role as a character in Eastenders.

Elliot Rosen, 32, will play Craig Moon, the son of antiques dealer, Eddie, played by singer and actor David Essex, (long-lost brother of hot-tempered businessman Michael), on the BBC soap.

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Ivor Dembina's show no joke for protester

By Robyn Rosen, July 21, 2011

A Jewish comedian has called for an investigation and threatened legal action after a protester disrupted his set at the London Jewish Cultural Centre, urging him to reveal his anti-Israel views.

Ivor Dembina, founder of the Hampstead Comedy Club, was performing in Ivy House in Golders Green on Monday, as part of an Edinburgh Festival preview, when protester Harvey Garfield interrupted his set.

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Don't target Hatton Garden, jewellers say

By Robyn Rosen, July 21, 2011

Pro-Palestine demonstrators have organised a protest in London's Hatton Garden as part of a campaign to boycott Israeli diamonds, which they claim "fund war crimes".

Diamond traders have raised concerns about the plans by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which call on demonstrators to gather in August to picket the famous London street lined with jewellery shops.

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Football comment about 'Jew hill' is rapped

By Robyn Rosen, July 21, 2011

A sports channel has apologised after a football commentator referred to "Jews Hill - where you sit if you're too tight to pay".

Former Northern Ireland footballer Alan McDonald made the comments during the Crusaders vs Fulham game in Belfast, broadcast last week on Setanta Ireland, which had taken the feed and commentary from broadcaster Premier Sports.

John Mann, chairman of the All-Party

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BBC raps Jeremy Paxman on Hamas

By Robyn Rosen, July 21, 2011

The BBC has upheld a complaint that Jeremy Paxman failed to challenge adequately the Labour MP, Louise Ellman, after she accused Hamas of using children as suicide bombers.

Andy Bell, complaints director of the BBC's Editorial Complaints Unit, apologised for a "lapse in editorial standards" in the BBC2 airing of Newsnight on February 14.

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Polish man jailed for seven years for Stamford Hill pensioner death

By Robyn Rosen, July 21, 2011

A Polish decorator has been jailed for seven years for manslaughter after he left an elderly Stamford Hill woman gagged and bound to a chair while he raided her home.

Eveline Kelmenson, 83, died a "slow death" of hypothermia and lay undiscovered for five weeks before she was found by relatives on New Year's Day 2009, her decomposed body still bound to a chair in her bedroom.

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