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Faith schools must teach sex, say 82%

By Simon Rocker, April 17, 2014

A vast majority of the population believes religious schools should not be allowed special dispensation over the national curriculum, according to the results of a YouGov poll for the JC.

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Jews benefit from UK's Christian tolerance, according to Cameron

By Charlotte Oliver, April 17, 2014

It is easier to be Jewish in Britain than it would be in a secular country because of the “tolerance that Christianity demands of our society”, David Cameron said this week.

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Going strong after 50 years: fundraising’s golden girls

By Simon Rocker, April 14, 2014

Among the army of Jewish charity workers, no one could deserve long-service medals more than “the girls” of Southgate Wizo.

For more than half-a-century, they have met fortnightly in each other’s north London homes to plot ways to raise money for Israel.

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Ed connects — but still won’t say the Z-word

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2014

More than three years since becoming Labour leader, last week Ed Miliband made his first official foreign trip — to Israel.

He could hardly have chosen a more critical moment to arrive, with the peace process in turmoil. But, in an interview at the Hebrew University campus in Jerusalem, he was careful not to be drawn on his prescriptions for the diplomatic impasse.

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Culture Secretary Javid is Cabinet’s new Israel ally

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2014

Israel has a new ally in the Cabinet — the first Asian male Conservative minister.

Sajid Javid was appointed Culture Secretary following Maria Miller’s resignation last week and is tipped as a possible future Tory leader.

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Beth Din won’t cater for Riba boycotters

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2014

A Beth Din has revealed that it will no longer cater kosher events at the headquarters of the British architecture institute which has adopted an anti-Israel stance.

The European Masorti Beth Din supervises kosher meals at the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (Riba) banqueting facilities in central London.

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Journalists say no to boycott

By Charlotte Oliver, April 14, 2014

A motion calling on the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) to boycott Israeli goods has been overwhelmingly defeated at the union’s biannual conference.

The proposal, which was put forward by the London Magazine branch, was rejected after NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet told delegates that it would put the lives of journalists working in the Middle East in danger.

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Jewish student told by teacher she would be sent "to one of your gas chambers"

By Charlotte Oliver, April 13, 2014

The parents of a Jewish student at North London Collegiate have expressed outrage after their daughter was told by a teacher she would be sent "to one of your gas chambers" for jumping the lunch queue.

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Ed Miliband: 'Israel is the Jewish homeland'

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband will travel to the Israeli town of Sderot today as he continues his tour of the country.

Mr Miliband described Israel as "the homeland for the Jewish people" during a meeting with Hebrew University of Jerusalem students on Thursday.

He also held meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Labour leader Isaac Herzog.

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William Hague pledges to push Poland on Holocaust restitution

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2014

Britain will push Poland to introduce laws on Holocaust restitution, Foreign Secretary William Hague has promised.

The pledge came in a letter responding to dozens of British parliamentarians who had urged Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk to take restitution more seriously.

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