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Manchester reviews campus extremism rules

By Robyn Rosen, July 22, 2010

Manchester University has reviewed its code of practice following a series of appearances from hate preachers.

Jonathan Arkush, senior vice-president of the Board of Deputies, said he hoped the new code would be used as a "template" for other universities.

Earlier this year, the Federation of Student Islamic Societies' (FoSIS) Palestine Conference held talks at the university by Dr Azzam Tamimi, who has told students he "longs to be a martyr"; and Ben White, author of Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner's Guide.

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Abu Hamza extradition halted

By Robyn Rosen, July 8, 2010

The European Court of Human Rights has halted the extradition of hate preacher Abu Hamza to the US.

The radical Islamist was jailed in 2004 and the British courts approved his extradition in 2007, which he appealed.

While he was on trial, he accused Jews of being “blasphemous, traitors and dirty” and said this is why Hitler was sent into the world.

Today, the European Court of Human Rights ordered a halt to his extradition after he and three other British men complained about the length of sentence they could face in the US.

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Muslim suing Jew 'joked about religion'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2010

A Muslim woman suing her former boss for race discrimination had allegedly emailed him Jewish jokes.

Secretary Jasmine Akhtar told a central London employment tribunal that partners at London firm Goodge Law racially abused her and called her a “Paki”.

She is seeking damages for derogatory remarks which she said got worse when she announced her pregnancy.

But Richard Samuel, defending the firm, said partner Michael Greenstein and Ms Akhtar had exchanged “friendly banter” about Mr Greenstein's Jewish background.

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Jewish schools can teach Zionism, says government

By Simon Rocker, July 1, 2010

The Department of Education has rejected objections from an Islamic campaign group to the teaching of Zionism in state-aided Jewish schools.

Ghulam Abbas, of the department's community cohesion unit, replied to the group, Engage: "We have no evidence to suggest the schools you highlight in your letter are teaching inappropriately or indoctrinating pupils."

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Abu Hamza's son jailed for riot

By Marcus Dysch, July 1, 2010

The son of hate preacher Abu Hamza has been jailed for his role in rioting outside the Israeli Embassy in London.

Yasser Kamel, 20, wielded a stolen police riot shield and threw sticks at officers while demonstrating against Israel’s Cast Lead operation in Gaza last year.

He was sentenced to 12 months in youth detention after admitting one count of violent disorder at Isleworth Crown Court on Wednesday.

Kamel, of Shepherd’s Bush, west London, had arrived at the protest at around 4.45pm on January 10, 2009, and was caught on camera confronting officers with the riot shield.

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Muslim hate preacher to appeal UK ban

By Robyn Rosen, June 24, 2010

Zakir Naik, the Muslim preacher who has been banned to enter the UK by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, plans to challenge the order.

Ms May announced last week that Dr Naik, who was to start a speaking tour of Britain, was “not conducive to the public good”.

Some of his remarks have led to him being called a “hatemonger” by Monmouth Tory MP David Davies.

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Muslims say Israel is key to dialogue

June 3, 2010

Jews and Muslims involved in interfaith work have differing ideas about discussing Israel in their dialogue groups.

In Manchester, Lucille Cohen, the new president of the Manchester Jewish Representative Council, has said that on the whole she believes that "if it's appropriate, leave Israel on the side".

Mrs Cohen, the former president of the Zionist Central Council, is also involved with the Altrincham Interfaith Group.

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Is Israel next in line to ban the burka?

By Nathan Jeffay, May 13, 2010

If a Knesset member has her way, Israel will soon follow in Belgium's footsteps and ban the burka.

Last month, Belgium's lower house of parliament backed a bill to ban face-covering clothing in public. Now, Kadima's Marina Solodkin has resolved to introduce similar legislation to the Knesset, directed at Muslim women and members of a tiny Charedi cult in Beit Shemesh who have begun covering their faces.

For precedent she does not cite the Belgians but a political force rarely held up in Israel as an inspiration - the Soviets.

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Dismore 'traumatised' by losing Hendon

May 13, 2010

Former Hendon MP Andrew Dismore has rejected claims that an initiative by a Muslim organisation which campaigns against candidates who back Israel cost him his seat.

Mr Dismore, who had held the constituency for Labour since 1997, was defeated by Conservative candidate Matthew Offord by just 106 votes, the second narrowest margin in England.

On its website, the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC) claimed it had "defeated the top ranking Zionist MP Dismore!".

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Muslim group's 'vicious abuse' of candidates

By Martin Bright, May 6, 2010

A Muslim organisation which campaigns against candidates who support Israel has been reported to the equalities watchdog for intimidating behaviour.

The Community Security Trust raised its concerns about the Muslim Public Affairs Committee (MPAC) in a meeting with the Equalities and Human Rights Commission before the election, and received an assurance that its activities would be closely monitored. Such has been the intensity of the MPAC campaign that the CST decided to take up the issue with the EHRC as soon as the polls closed.

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