Board of Deputies

Lord Janner trial date on historical child sex abuse charges set for February

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2015

Lord Janner could face trial on a series of historical child sex abuse charges in 2016.

At an Old Bailey hearing this afternoon a judge scheduled the case for February next year.

But the elderly peer’s lawyers are expected to argue that he is not well enough to be questioned about the allegations at a “fitness to plead hearing” in December.

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Answer questions about links to antisemites, Board leader tells Jeremy Corbyn

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has called on Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn publicly to reject Hamas and Hizbollah if he is to gain the trust of British Jews.

Mr Arkush said Mr Corbyn’s comments about the terrorist groups were one of the causes of the community’s concerns about the likelihood of him becoming leader.

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The Board of Deputies calls on student volunteers to support Holocaust survivors

By Sandy Rashty, August 11, 2015

The Board of Deputies is calling on student volunteers to back its Shoah Survivor Support Project.

The organisation has described the project as a great opportunity for university and secondary school students who would like to support Holocaust survivors who are not engaged with the UK Jewish community.

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Lord Janner to challenge court appearance ruling

By Marcus Dysch, August 11, 2015

Lord Janner is to challenge a magistrate’s ruling that he should appear in court in person to face historic child sex abuse charges.

A High Court judge will consider whether it was unlawful to order him to come to Westminster Magistrates Court despite suffering from severe dementia.

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'Cuts will push families into destitution'

By Simon Rocker, July 23, 2015

The Board of Deputies has warned that the government's welfare reforms could push families into poverty.

Strictly Orthodox groups say that the proposal to limit child tax credit to only two children from 2017 would leave many families destitute.

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Board of Deputies backs Queen after 'Nazi salute' footage

By Josh Jackman, July 19, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has condemned criticism of the Queen after a film of her giving a Nazi salute was revealed.

During a Board plenary on Sunday, Mr Arkush also spoke of the Royal Family's warm relations with the Jewish community.

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Cross-communal group launches in protest at planned nationalist rally

By Josh Jackman, June 8, 2015

A group founded to oppose a planned extremist protest “against Jewish privilege” has launched with a cross-communal event in Golders Green, north-west London.

Around 50 people attended the Golders Green Together event, with leaders from Muslim, Sikh, Christian and Jewish organisations voicing their strong opposition to the proposed demonstration.

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Celebration of diversity planned to counter extremist rally in Golders Green

By Josh Jackman, June 4, 2015

A day of action to celebrate diversity is being planned for Friday July 3, 24 hours before extremists are set to hold a rally in Golders Green against "Jewish privilege".

London Jewish Forum and the anti-fascist organisation Hope not Hate have jointly launched Golders Green Together as a show of unity against the rally.

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Charles Kennedy was ‘great friend of Jews and Israel’

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has paid tribute to former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, who has died aged 55.

Mr Kennedy had a warm relationship with the Jewish community during his time leading the party and also as an MP during his long political career.

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We thought the end was near, says Farhud survivor

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2015

A British Jewish group has called on David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission to include the Farhud in its memorial project.

On 1-2 June 1941 – 74 years ago today - a Nazi-inspired mob rose up and attacked Iraq's Jewish community, which numbered 140,000 at the time.

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