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Israeli soldier killed on Gaza border

By Marcus Dysch, June 1, 2012

An Israeli soldier has been killed after a Palestinian gunman crossed the border from Gaza early this morning.

The Palestinian was also killed after Israeli forces responded to his infiltration, which may have been made in an attempt to kidnap an IDF soldier.

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Warning of serious antisemitism at European Championships in Kiev

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

There is a serious threat of antisemitic attacks increasing during this month’s European Football Championships in Poland and the Ukraine, the president of the World Forum of Russian Jewry has warned.

Alexander Levin wrote to Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, highlighting the possibility of “many more” attacks when football fans travel to matches in the coming weeks.

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Prince Charles ‘sure to visit Israel within next three years’

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

Prince Charles is more likely than ever to make a state visit to Israel and could travel there within the next three years, a Royal observer has claimed.

The Queen is seemingly destined never to visit Israel, but it is thought foundations are being laid for her heir to become the first Royal to make an official visit.

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A British cuppa makes a historic link between our two jubilees

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

Queen Elizabeth II is only the second British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee.

When Queen Victoria marked her 60 years on the throne in 1897, a Leeds tailor was the recipient of a special memento from his employees to honour his anti-exploitation work on their behalf.

David Lubelski was given a magnificent silver tea service, only days after Queen Victoria celebrated her jubilee.

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Jubilee Hour marks 60 years of royal service

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

Families and charities across Britain will mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by undertaking an hour of voluntary work in recognition of Her Majesty’s six decades of service.

The Jubilee Hour encourages participants to give 60 minutes of their time to charitable work.

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Gary Barlow, the Queen, and me: Ben’s amazing trip

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

As royalists from around the globe arrive in London for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, a television producer has described how he travelled further than most to be part of the simchah.

Ben Winston spent more than a month filming around the Commonwealth with Take That star Gary Barlow for a documentary about the official Jubilee song, Sing.

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Dismore calls for silence to remember Israeli Olympic victims

By Marcus Dysch, May 31, 2012

London Mayor Boris Johnson has been urged to back calls for a minute’s silence at the Olympics to mark the 40th anniversary of the Munich terror attack which killed 11 Israeli team members.

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Avram's Journey

By Marcus Dysch, May 30, 2012

Avram Grant has in the past revealed elements of the remarkable story of how his late father, Meir Granat, survived the Holocaust.

But last night BBC Radio Five Live broadcast a new, chilling documentary with Grant, retracing the steps his father and grandfather took more than 70 years ago.

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Dame Gail Ronson to head charity for the blind

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

Dame Gail Ronson has been appointed president of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB).

She takes over at the eye health and sight loss charity from the Duke of Westminster.

Dame Gail, a leading charity fundraiser and campaigner, said the appointment was a “huge honour” and a “substantial responsibility”.

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Chelsea welcomes Hapoel to European football event

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

Israeli football club Hapoel Tel Aviv have joined European champions Chelsea and other leading clubs at a London seminar to discuss how sport can help young people.

The three-day conference began on Tuesday with representatives of Europe's biggest clubs, including Manchester United, Everton, and Feyenoord.

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Camden slaps ban on Islamist group

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

A group which promotes extreme Islamist organisations has been banned from using a taxpayer-funded neighbourhood centre.

The Ministry of Dawah has held lectures at the Camden Council-backed venue in north London for more than two years. Its glorification of Osama bin Laden, and extreme Islamist clerics such as Anwar al-Awlaki, was revealed in the JC last week.

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PCC backs Guardian over Jerusalem

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

The Press Complaints Commission has backed the Guardian after the newspaper refused to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

A picture of passengers on the city’s light railway observing a minute’s silence during the country’s Holocaust Memorial Day appeared in the Guardian’s centre pages, and on its website, last month.

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Top cop 'assaulted' by pro-Israel protesters

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

Two pro-Israel protesters were arrested in bizarre circumstances following Tuesday evening’s demonstrations in Hendon.

The young Jews appeared to clash with a member of the strictly Orthodox anti-Zionist Neturei Karta sect in Brent Street at around 8pm.

One of the pair, an unnamed 19-year-old, allegedly smashed the man’s car window. He was spotted by a passing jogger.

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Campus notebook: Chaplains tackle exam stress

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

● University Jewish Chaplaincy is working hard to ensure students’ exams do not clash with Yomtov and Shabbat.

Chaplains have liaised with university examination offices to provide dates and times in order to maintain the integrity of exams.

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Spot the Israeli flags at the Champions League final? This lot did...

By Marcus Dysch, May 22, 2012

During Saturday night’s Champions League final some of you will, I expect, have noticed two Israeli flags displayed in the stands.

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‘Brainwashed’ councillor is former Nazi

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2012

A former neo-Nazi who once daubed buildings with swastikas has been elected as a local councillor.

Margaret Burke won a seat on Milton Keynes Council earlier this month after demonstrating her remorse to local Labour Party officials and describing her earlier activities as those of a “brainwashed idiot”.

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Israel activists tackle Co-op boycott

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2012

Grass-roots supporters of Israel have pledged to wage a “long campaign” in an effort to overturn the Co-operative supermarket’s refusal to stock produce from West Bank settlements.

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Plymouth shul celebrates 250 years of British history

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2012

The hidden area between a municipal car park and two alleyways off a bustling Plymouth street may seem a peculiar location for the oldest functioning Ashkenazi synagogue in the English-speaking world.

Indeed, many British Jews do not know of the existence of the magnificent, ornate, Grade II listed Plymouth Synagogue that is currently celebrating its 250th anniversary.

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Facebook pledge to tackle cyber-bullying

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2012

Facebook and Google have agreed to form a group to tackle online bullying and hate attacks.

The companies pledged to be more open about how they combat cyber-bullying and online offences, and will work with members of the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism’s task force on internet hate.

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Amnesty boss attacked over Israel claims

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2012

An Amnesty International director’s claim that she had not received complaints about the charity’s work with Israelis and Palestinians has been disputed by the Zionist Federation.

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