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Let Syrian refugees come to UK, says Jewish group

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

A UK-based Jewish group has backed a call to bring Syrian refugees to the UK.

Edie Friedman, head of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE), said that, after the Holocaust, the Syrian civil war “was one of the worst crises of our lifetime” .

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Appeal defeat boosts workers’ Shabbat rights

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 20, 2013

An appeal Court ruling that a Christian woman must work on Sundays against her religious belief has, surprisingly, given Shabbat-observant Jews better legal protection, according to lawyers.

Devout Christian Celestina Mba lost her Court of Appeal case in which she claimed that South London’s Merton Council had discriminated against her by refusing to give her Sundays off.

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UK-Israel bridge built on innovation

By Charlotte Oliver, December 16, 2013

In 2011, UK and Israeli political and business leaders set up the “Tech Hub” at the British Embassy in Israel.

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Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg ducks questions over David Ward

By Marcus Dysch, December 5, 2013

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has refused to comment on antisemitic remarks made by backbench MP David Ward, despite telling a Board of Deputies event this week that intolerance and extremism must be countered.

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Islamist extremists could be hit with new banning orders, warns Cameron

By Marcus Dysch, December 5, 2013

David Cameron’s plans to silence hate preachers and tackle the radicalisation of British Muslims have been welcomed by Jewish communal groups.

The Community Security Trust said a report published by the Prime Minister’s task force on extremism had outlined “important” areas where radical activity could be combated.

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Employment Minster acts to end benefit row

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 28, 2013

Employment minister Esther McVey is backing new regulations to stop discrimination against unemployed Jews who refuse to work on Shabbat.

Ms McVey and Jobcentre national director Neil Couling have told the Jewish employment charity JCom that rules would be “tweaked” to end the practice of denying job seekers allowance (JSA) to observant Jews.

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Storm over Jack Straw ‘hate’ remarks

By Marcus Dysch, October 31, 2013

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub has said comments made by former British foreign secretary Jack Straw follow a “very troubling tradition” of familiar tropes about “sinister Jewish power”.

The ambassador was speaking after a row over Mr Straw’s remarks in a Parliamentary debate on diplomacy in the Middle East.

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Crucial report will help fight abuse of politicians

By Martin Bright, October 30, 2013

We like to reassure ourselves with the idea that UK election campaigns are a model of propriety: a mixture of healthy, robust knockabout and charming amateurishness.

Despite recurring stories in recent years about postal-vote fraud, it is probably still safe to say that our elections remain among the least corrupt in the world.

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Interview: Liam Fox - Dealing with Iran, Syria and our trivia obsession

By Marcus Dysch, October 25, 2013

Resigning from government and returning to the backbenches cannot be easy to stomach for any politician, and must be less comfortable still when the cabinet departure is precipitated by a scandal.

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‘Anti-Israel’ MP gets top job on all-party Jewish group

By Marcus Dysch, October 24, 2013

An MP with a history of supporting anti-Israel campaigns has defended his appointment as a senior official of a new parliamentary group promoting Jewish issues.

Labour’s Gateshead MP Ian Mearns was selected as the vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews at its launch earlier this month.

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