Refugees

When sympathy isn't enough

By Simon Rocker, April 27, 2016

When Dani Lawrence first visited the refugee camp at Calais, she met a 15-year-old boy, not much older than her eldest child. "When I asked him what I could bring to help, he cried," she recalled. "He asked me to bring him his mother."

The sight of the huddled masses seeking refuge in Europe has moved many people to make a donation.

More..

Shoah educator to help Yazidis document their own tragedy

By Toby Axelrod, April 26, 2016

They have been persecuted, enslaved, raped and killed by Daesh terrorists. Now, the traumatic stories of survivors from the Iraqi-Syrian Yazidi community who made it to Germany are being recorded for posterity, thanks to the Israeli humanitarian organisation IsraAID.

More..

Jewish groups disappointed after Lord Dubs’s plan on child refugees is voted down by MPs

By Rosa Doherty, April 26, 2016

Former Kindertransport refugee Lord Dubs has had his amendment to the immigration bill that would have seen the UK accept 3,000 child refugees, rejected in a vote in the House of Commons.

The government narrowly defeated a cross-party amendment to the bill, tabled in the House of Lords.

More..

Jewish group leads calls to reform system of detaining asylum-seekers

By Rosa Doherty, April 20, 2016

Faith leaders and MPs have urged the government to end indefinite detention for asylum seekers.

Jewish human rights charity René Cassin and Tzelem, the Rabbinical Call for Social Justice, joined Christian and Muslim faith leaders to campaign for a reform of the immigration and detention system.

More..

Supermarket apologises for using Nazi quote in advert

By Josh Jackman, April 19, 2016

The company that sponsored an advert quoting a key Nazi has apologised for offending readers and admitted that it was “wrong.”

The advert, which ran on page 10 of the Evening Standard on Friday, provoked six complaints after using a passage from Joseph Goebbels’s diary that read: “The Jews have deserved the catastrophe that has now overtaken them.”

More..

BBC apologises after radio host tells listeners ‘Israel hasn’t really worked out'

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2016

The BBC has apologised after one of its radio presenters said on-air that Israel “hasn't really worked out” as a country.

BBC Radio London host Chris Rogers was hosting a phone-in on Tuesday about the refugee crisis when a caller asked: “Why can’t they put a load of them (refugees) in Africa?”

More..

What next? The London mara-thong?

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2016

Runners often pant - it's normal. But running only in pants?

More..

Yvette Cooper lauds Israeli aid for migrants

By Rosa Doherty, March 10, 2016

Yvette Cooper, the chair of Labour's refugee taskforce, has praised the Jewish community for leading the way in responding to the migrant crisis.

Ms Cooper said that "the desire to provide sanctuary" was particularly strong amongst British Jews, attributing it to "your experience as refugees and the plight of your own persecution".

More..

City worker who gave up top job to save refugees warns Turkey deal won't work

By Rosa Doherty, March 10, 2016

When Nicholas Millet went to volunteer in "The Jungle", Calais' notorious refugee camp, he only planned to help out for a weekend.

More..

Moroccan Jewish man found dead at UK detention centre

By JC Reporter, February 18, 2016

A detainee found dead at an immigration centre in London was Jewish, it has been confirmed.

Amir Siman-Tov, thought to be a Moroccan Jew in his 30s, was found dead in the early hours of Wednesday.

He had been detained at the Colnbrook immigration removal centre near Heathrow, in south west London.

It is not known how he died.

More..