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Man to be tried over Berger posts

July 21, 2016

An alleged antisemite faces trial accused of racially harassing a Jewish Labour MP.

Joshua Bonehill-Paine, 23, is said to have posted five abusive articles attacking Luciana Berger on his website.

Titles of the articles included "Racist anti-white Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger exposed", "Is the Labour party a Jewish party" and "The Legacy of Operation Filthy Jew Bitch".

The charge state


Leading Israeli Jon Medved entrepreneur set for London

By Josh Jackman, July 21, 2016

He is one of Israel's leading venture capitalists. Now entrepreneur Jon Medved plans to bring his business to Britain.

Mr Medved's crowd-funding company OurCrowd has pumped more than £170 million into nearly 100 companies while promoting Israel.


Volunteers and refugees 'have so much in common'

By Rosa Doherty, July 21, 2016

When the refugee crisis made headlines and the Jewish community united in its response to help, Henry Raine was determined to do his bit.

But the 57-year-old never imagined his volunteering effort would result in him welcoming a Muslim Eritrean teenager into his family.


Discord over Board peace plan

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2016

The Board of Deputies is to launch a programme involving synagogues and churches to support "peace-making" between Israelis and Palestinians.

Invest in Peace, which has been in the pipeline for several months, is being developed with so far unnamed "church partners".

The planned project came to light at Sunday's meeting of the Board, where an attempt to lay down conditions for entering into


Biblical welcome in Abraham's tent

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2016

"If you have a jumper, take it off, as we are going into the desert," counselled Rabbi Yaacov Finn, programme manager of the London School of Jewish Studies, "It's going to be hot."

As the Year-three boys and girls from Etz Chaim School in Mill Hill donned Arabic dress, he warned, "You don't want to get sunstroke, so you have to put something on your head."

The youthful party was not about t


​JFS switch fast track

July 21, 2016

JFS is to drop its accelerated academic programme for first-year students from September.

Until now, they were taught in tutor groups for all subjects, except Jewish studies, Hebrew and PE for which they were divided into sets.


Jewish Labour Movement appoints first director

By Josh Jackman, July 20, 2016

Ella Rose, a former Union of Jewish Students president, has been chosen to be the Jewish Labour Movement’s first director.

Ms Rose said her appointment represented “a real vote of confidence in the future of the youth of the Jewish community. This is a really exciting opportunity and I'm looking forward to getting stuck in".


JFS chair of governors resigns 'with immediate effect'

By Charlotte Oliver, July 20, 2016

Steven Woolf, the chair of governors at JFS, has stepped down from his role after less than two years at the school, it has been announced.


Was Shami Chakrabarti offered a Labour peerage before conducting antisemitism inquiry?

By Daniel Sugarman, July 20, 2016

Shami Chakrabarti has refused to deny that Jeremy Corbyn offered her a peerage after she led Labour’s inquiry into antisemitism.

Interviewed by a Jewish YouTube channel, Ms Chakrabarti was asked whether she had been offered a seat in the House of Lords.

She responded by saying: “I don’t think I want to talk about my future ambitions at this point.”


Sadiq Khan urges police clampdown on Hizbollah flags

By Charlotte Oliver, July 20, 2016

Sadiq Khan has encouraged police to “thoroughly investigate” the displaying of Hizbollah flags at a London rally earlier this month.

Speaking at City Hall today, the Mayor of London was asked by London Assembly member Kemi Badenoch why Hizbollah flags were not taken down at the al-Quds Day rally in central London on July 3.