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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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Rabbis urge George Osborne to use Budget to help poor families

By Josh Jackman, July 7, 2015

A cross-communal group of 27 rabbis have written to George Osborne asking him to give impoverished families their “human dignity” back.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer is due to present his Budget on Wednesday containing £12bn worth of cuts, which the rabbis fear will place more families in poverty.

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Questions must be asked over Iran nuclear deal, say MPs

By Marcus Dysch, June 17, 2015

The government must reveal what concessions have been made to Iran in the pursuit of a deal over its nuclear intentions, MPs have said.

The United States and five other nations are negotiating with Iran to curb its nuclear programme. Diplomats have until June 30 to conclude a deal.

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New government will continue to fight antisemitism, minister tells parliamentary group

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2015

The government will continue to fight antisemitism “seriously”, a new minister has told a parliamentary group dedicated to combating Jew-hatred.

Baroness Williams confirmed that the new Conservative administration would back initiatives introduced in the previous parliament and would report regularly on its progress in tackling antisemitism.

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Eric Pickles announces £1.5m for projects preserving Holocaust survivors' testimony

By JC Reporter, March 27, 2015

A £1.5 million package to safeguard the memories of Holocaust survivors for future generations has been announced by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

The initiative includes a £1 million project to record and digitally preserve the stories of Holocaust survivors who have not yet given their testimony.

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Meet the 85-year-old standing for Parliament

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2015

At her stage of life, Doris Osen could be expected to take things easy, spend time with her grandchildren, and enjoy her retirement.

But fresh from celebrating her 85th birthday on Monday she is preparing for a new challenge - as a candidate in the general election.

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Government announces £1.2 million UK-Israel cyber security project

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2015

British and Israeli academics will take part in a £1.2 million joint cyber security research project announced by the Cabinet Office.

There will be three partnerships – with two teams at Ramat Gan’s Bar Ilan University working with the University of Bristol and University College London, and a University of Kent link-up with the University of Haifa.

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Government 'considering' shul security funding in response to JC campaign

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2015

The government is considering whether to set up a fund to cover the costs of synagogue security in response to the JC’s Secure our Shuls campaign.

Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said on Wednesday that ministers are looking into what more could be done to protect British Jews and Jewish institutions.

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Foreign Office announces David Quarrey will be next ambassador to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, February 24, 2015

The Foreign Office has revealed that the next British ambassador to Israel will be David Quarrey.

Currently director of the department’s Near East and North Africa desk, he will replace Matthew Gould in July.

Mr Gould has been in Tel Aviv since 2010 and was the first British Jewish diplomat to be appointed to the role.

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Hamas rebuilding efforts questioned

By Marcus Dysch, February 19, 2015

A parliamentary debate will focus on how Britain can help prevent further conflict in Gaza.

The Westminster Hall session will take place on Wednesday and will be led by Labour Friends of Israel vice-chairman Michael McCann MP.

LFI has produced a briefing pack for MPs highlighting action being taken by Hamas to re-arm, including the rebuilding of tunnels destroyed by Israel last summer, and t

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