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Green MP Caroline Lucas in Israel meter row

By Marcus Dysch, August 16, 2013

The Green Party’s only MP has been criticised after she backed campaigners calling for a boycott of an Israeli eco-friendly company.

Caroline Lucas has lobbied Southern Water over its deal with Arad Technologies, one of the world’s leading producers of hi-tech water meters.

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Former MP Andrew Dismore attacked over union ties

By Marcus Dysch, August 16, 2013

A Parliamentary candidate has denied that his links to an anti-Israel trade union are hypocritical.

Andrew Dismore, the former Labour MP for Hendon, has a long-standing association with the Fire Brigades Union, which has repeatedly campaigned for a boycott against Israel.

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BBC to cut Kennedy slur from Proms broadcast

By Marcus Dysch, August 16, 2013

Anti-Israel statements made by renowned violinist Nigel Kennedy will be cut from a BBC Proms television broadcast later this month.

Mr Kennedy used a Royal Albert Hall performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons last week to launch a thinly-veiled attack on Israel, likening the country to apartheid South Africa.

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Former Conservative councillor is Ukip hopeful

By Marcus Dysch, August 16, 2013

A Lubavitch ex-councillor has been selected as one of the UK Independence Party’s highest-ranked European parliamentary election candidates.

Shneur Odze was previously a Conservative Party councillor in the London borough of Hackney, but will bid for a seat in Brussels at next May’s elections.

Defending shechita and circumcision would be key priorities if elected, said Mr Odze.

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‘Anti-Israel MPs can hijack new All-Party Group’

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2013

Parliament’s new group to promote Jewish issues could be hijacked by anti-Israel campaigners, MPs and peers have warned.

The fallout from the revelation that the Board of Deputies will form the secretariat to a new All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews continued this week.

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Tories attack Warsi Israel slur

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2013

The Foreign Office this week refused to apologise after Baroness Warsi gave Parliament a vastly inflated figure for the number of Palestinian civilians killed by Israel.

After more than 24 hours, a spokesman eventually conceded that the figures were wrong.

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JC Profile: Harry Styles

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2013

When pop star Harry Styles was filmed “twerking” at last Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards, fans of his band One Direction ensured the video went viral on the internet.

But it was an earlier image from the awards ceremony that might have done more to catch the eye of JC readers.

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Foreign Office blames 'clerical error' for Palestinian death total

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2013

The Foreign Office has failed to apologise after Baroness Warsi provided Parliament with a vastly inflated number of Palestinian civilians killed by Israel.

A spokesman said a “clerical error” was to blame for the claim that there had been more than 3,600 fatalities since January 2012.

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Police drop investigation into Shomrim man

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2013

Police have dropped their investigation into an Orthodox man arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Gary Ost, 26, was one of four men questioned by police earlier this year as part of an investigation into Rabbi Chaim Halpern.

Mr Ost temporarily stood down from his role as chief executive of community security group Shomrim during the investigation.

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UK condemns new Israeli settlements

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

Middle East Minister Alistair Burt has condemned Israel's announcement of more than 1,000 new settlement units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Plans were announced on Wednesday to construct hundreds of homes for Israeli settlers in 11 areas, including Shilo, Almog and Alon Shevut.

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Ofcom urged to block Bauer radio deal

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

Media watchdog Ofcom has been urged to stop a publishing group acquiring broadcast rights for a UK radio station due to its distribution of magazines which glorify the Nazis.

Bruce Fireman, a media banker and lawyer, said Bauer Media Group was not "fit and proper" to run stations under the Absolute Radio umbrella.

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Israel ready to withdraw from EU deal worth millions over anti-settlement clause

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

A senior Israeli minister has said the country is prepared to pull out of a multi-million pound European Union research project over the EU's new guidelines on settlements.

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Stephen Fry compares Russian gay discrimination to Nazi Germany

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

Broadcaster and actor Stephen Fry has compared Russia's treatment of gay people to Hitler's persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany.

Mr Fry made the claim in a letter calling on the International Olympic Committee to strip the Russian city of Sochi of next year's Winter Olympics.

Members of Mr Fry's family were killed in Hungary during the Holocaust.

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Amnesty urges Hamas to stop Gaza executions

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

Amnesty International has attacked Hamas’ plans to carry out executions in Gaza following the Muslim festival of Eid.

The charity said the threat facing prisoners sentenced to death was “deeply disturbing”.

Hamas’ Attorney General in Gaza announced plans last week to execute a number of what he said were “convicted criminals” as a “lesson” to other Palestinians.

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Cable car deal with Emirates airline amended

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2013

Transport for London has confirmed that a cable-car sponsorship deal with the Emirates airline has been rewritten to remove a clause which appeared to discriminate against Israel.

The original wording of the contract, for the Thames cable car in east London, made clear that TfL must have no ties to anyone the United Arab Emirates considered to be a “conflicting person”.

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Huffington Post blocks antisemite

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2013

The Huffington Post news and blogging site has launched an investigation into a reader who posted dozens of antisemitic comments online.

The move followed a complaint from a fellow reader who said the racist and xenophobic remarks had been allowed to remain on the site for “weeks”.

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Twitter to crack down on race hate

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2013

Twitter will soon be in a position to meet its social obligations and do more to stop the proliferation of hate messages on the site, according to an expert in tackling online antisemitism.

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Ward may lose Lib Dem whip

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2013

Controversial MP David Ward may not have the Liberal Democract whip reinstated following his offensive comments about Israel and Jews, the party has suggested.

A spokesman said the situation would be “revisited when all parties return to Westminster” at the end of the summer recess.

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Mazel Toffs to three new peers

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2013

Three of Anglo-Jewry’s leading figures have received an aliyah of a different kind — elevation to the House of Lords as part of a group of new working peers selected by Downing Street.

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Irish teachers’ ban challenged

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2013

Israeli students are expected to travel to Ireland to challenge a teachers union’s academic boycott.

The initiative, planned by the Northern Ireland Friends of Israel (Nifi) group, follows the Teachers Union of Ireland vote in April to boycott all collaboration with Israel.

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