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Police appeal for information on bus bigot

By JC Reporter, September 24, 2014

Police have appealed for information about an antisemitic incident which took place on a busy London bus carrying Jewish schoolchildren.

The incident witnessed by JC reporter Rosa Doherty happened last Tuesday between Golders Green and Muswell Hill.


Abu Qatada cleared of terrorism offences

By Sandy Rashty, September 24, 2014

Radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada has been found not guilty of terrorism offences by a court in Jordan.


Be optimistic about peace, Miliband tells Israel supporters

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband has urged supporters of Israel to feel optimistic about the prospects for peace in the Middle East.

He said his party was "deeply, deeply committed" to helping Israelis and Palestinians secure a two-state solution and again called on the two sides to resume talks.


Friends kayak across the Channel to raise thousands for charity

By JC Reporter, September 23, 2014

Two Jewish brothers and their five friends have raised £10,000 for charity, by kayaking across the Channel.

Jamie and Jonny Levy, Nick Rubin, Joshua Metliss, James Griffiths, Michael Cavanagh and Justin Sloggett completed the voyage from Dungerness to Boulogne in eight hours.

“We were knackered, but very proud,” said Jamie, 34, from Hertfordshire.


Ed Miliband pledges to work for two-state solution

By JC Reporter, September 23, 2014

Ed Miliband has pledged to work for a two-state solution in the Middle East if he becomes Prime Minister.

Speaking at the Labour Party conference in Manchester, Mr Miliband attributed a short part of his 80-minute speech to the issue of Israel and the Palestinians.


Medical journal investigates claims over Gaza letters

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2014

Britain’s leading medical journal has been reported to the industry’s ombudsman over its stance on a series of letters it published about the Gaza conflict.

The Lancet ran an open letter “for the people of Gaza” signed by 24 senior medics in July, condemning Israel’s military action.


Columnist claims Ed Miliband believes hostility towards him is fuelled by antisemitism

By Naomi Firsht, September 23, 2014

Ed Miliband believes antisemitism may be behind some of the hostility towards him, a leading journalist has claimed.

Columnist Rachel Sylvester wrote in The Times that, although Mr Miliband may well be the most English Labour leader for the past 40 years, he privately believes many people see him as an “outsider” and “strange” because of his Jewish heritage.


Board’s general election manifesto launched in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 23, 2014

The Board of Deputies' 2015 general election manifesto received a positive reception at its launch in Manchester this week


'Comedy of errors' response to antisemitic bus abuse

By Rosa Doherty, September 23, 2014

Last week, I witnessed a man spouting antisemitic abuse on a packed bus from Golders Green - and no-one lifted a finger to stop him.

When I reported the incident - while it was happening - to the bus driver, the Metropolitan Police and Transport for London, not one seemed remotely interested in dealing with the crime.


Faiths unite in fury over two-religion GCSE plan

By Stephen Pollard, September 23, 2014

Plans by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to require GCSE religious studies students to learn about two faiths have been delayed following a row between Mrs Morgan and the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles.

The reform was due to have been announced this week and trumpeted at next week's Conservative Party conference.