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Northern Ireland councillors end Gaza twinning

By Marcus Dysch, November 30, 2012

One of Northern Ireland’s smallest towns has reversed its controversial decision to twin with Gaza.

Councillors in Moyle, County Antrim, voted to end the partnership with Gaza’s municipal authorities at a meeting on Monday.

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Council unites to block Israel boycott group

By Marcus Dysch, November 29, 2012

Anti-Israel activists were stopped from voicing objections about a company’s links to Israel during a local council meeting after the three main political parties united to block the delegation.

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Thousands take to streets for Gaza protest

By Marcus Dysch, November 29, 2012

Thousands of anti-Israel protesters marched through London demanding “justice for Gaza” last Saturday.

Organisers claimed as many as 15,000 people had taken part in the rally, which started outside Downing Street and continued to the Israeli Embassy in Kensington.

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Human rights groups in forefront of monitoring and reporting hate crimes in Europe

By Marcus Dysch, November 29, 2012

The Community Security Trust’s approach to tackling hate crime marks a “gold standard”, according to the director of A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe (CEJI) a European group training organisations that represent other minorities.

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Trade unions praise Israel visit

By Marcus Dysch, November 29, 2012

Trade unionists from Britain and Australia have taken part in a joint tour of Israel and the West Bank.

British unions, including the Prison Officers Association, Bakers Food and Allied Workers’ Union, GMB and USDAW, sent 17 delegates on last week’s four-day trip organised by Trade Union Friends of Israel (Tufi).

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Blood, hate and football’s shame

By Marcus Dysch, November 29, 2012

n the aftermath of two severe incidents involving hate abuse and allegedly antisemitic violence, both directed at fans of Tottenham Hotspur, Giancarlo Abete, chairman of the Italian Football Association, has written to his English counterpart, David Bernstein, and the FA is to hold a meeting with Jewish organisations.

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Shechita: the beginning of the end?

By Marcus Dysch, November 29, 2012

New fears have been raised over the future of shechita by a Polish court ruling that could lead to the banning of religious slaughter in that country and threaten kosher meat supplies in Europe and Israel.

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Trio hit campaign trail to secure Union of Jewish Students top job

By Marcus Dysch, November 29, 2012

Three contenders are vying for the top role in Jewish student politics.

Adam Charlton, Abigail Kay and Joe Tarsh will battle to be elected president of the Union of Jewish Students during a series of campus tours and hustings.

The winner will take on the one-year paid sabbatical post in the summer of 2013, with a mandate to represent Jewish students nationally.

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Success for the death metal album written in Bet Shemesh yeshivah

By Marcus Dysch, November 29, 2012

A Bet Shemesh yeshivah may not be the first place that comes to mind when deciding where to compose a death metal music album.

But for 21-year-old student Avichai Myers, the mix of Talmud and thrash came naturally.

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FA to investigate West Ham fans' 'antisemitic' chants

By Marcus Dysch, November 26, 2012

The Football Association has launched an investigation into alleged racist and antisemitic chanting by West Ham United fans.

Hissing noises – intended to imitate the sound of the gas chambers – were heard at White Hart Lane during the Hammers’ game with Tottenham on Sunday.

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Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak quits politics

By Marcus Dysch, November 26, 2012

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak has announced he is quitting politics and will not stand in January’s elections.

The former prime minister said he was “exhausted” after decades as a senior official and wanted to spend more time with his family.

The 70-year-old will stay in his post at the defence ministry until the new government is formed after the election.

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Man killed after attempt to breach Israel-Gaza border

By Marcus Dysch, November 23, 2012

Israeli troops have shot and killed a man after hundreds of Palestinians attempted to breach the Israel-Gaza border.

The IDF said around 300 people had approached the border fence at locations throughout the Gaza Strip in an apparent attempt to cross into southern Israel on Friday.

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Judgment in UCU tribunal due next year

By Marcus Dysch, November 22, 2012

A Jewish academic who says his union has not done enough to challenge antisemitism “deliberately misled” an employment tribunal, the union’s lawyer has claimed.

Ronnie Fraser was accused, by Antony White QC, of making around a dozen unreliable claims against the University and College Union.

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Board row over Oxfam link, but it will happen

By Marcus Dysch, November 22, 2012

The Board of Deputies is to press ahead with a joint anti-hunger campaign alongside Oxfam after rejecting criticism over the charity’s stance on Israel.

A motion to delay the Grow Tatzmiach project was put before the Board’s community issues division on Monday, but was defeated by 11 votes to none, with one abstention.

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University building occupied as Gaza protests spread to campus

By Marcus Dysch, November 22, 2012

Protests have taken place on university campuses across Britain in response to the violent conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

At the School of Oriental and African Studies in central London, the students’ union AGM voted in support of a motion pledging solidarity with the people of Gaza.

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Gilad Shalit receives a hero’s welcome from the UK

By Marcus Dysch, November 22, 2012

Gilad Shalit has made his first visit to Britain since spending five years as a prisoner at the hands of Hamas.

The former Israeli soldier thanked British Jews for their efforts to campaign for his release, took part in a conference and watched a Premier League football match during his four-night trip which ended earlier this week.

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Israel and Gaza ceasefire efforts backed by Cameron and Miliband

By Marcus Dysch, November 21, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron and opposition leader Ed Miliband have repeated their calls for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Mr Cameron said peace would only be possible if Israelis and Palestinians resumed direct negotiations.

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Amnesty takes disciplinary action over official's "Jewish MPs" tweet

By Marcus Dysch, November 21, 2012

Amnesty International has started disciplinary action after a senior official sent an offensive tweet about three Jewish MPs.

Kristyan Benedict, the charity’s campaigns manager, took to Twitter during a Parliamentary debate about the violence in Israel and Gaza.

He wrote: “Louise Ellman, Robert Halfon and Luciana Berger walk into a bar…each orders a round of B52s … #Gaza”

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Guard stabbed in US Embassy attack in Tel Aviv

By Marcus Dysch, November 20, 2012

A security guard at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv has been injured after being attacked and stabbed.

It was initially claimed that the attacker was an Arab who had approached the American building on Hayarkon Street, but police later ruled out that theory and revealed the attacker was Jewish.

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Yeshivah tribute draws huge crowd

By Marcus Dysch, November 16, 2012

Some 1,200 alumni and supporters of Jerusalem’s Mir Yeshivah attended a dinner at a Wembley Stadium banqueting suite celebrating the achievements of Israel’s largest religious school.

Diners travelled from yeshivot across Britain and from as far afield as New York for the dinner, planned by committees in Stamford Hill, Manchester, Gateshead, Antwerp, Zurich and Gibraltar.

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