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Two men charged over Zanzibar acid attack on Jewish girls

By Charlotte Oliver, September 13, 2015

Two suspected terrorists have been charged with carrying out an acid attack on Jewish teenagers Katie Gee and Kirstie Trup in Zanzibar two years ago.

According to Abdulrahman Kinana, secretary general of Zanzibar’s ruling party, the friends from north London were attacked by members of Uamsho or “Awakening” – an organisation linked to the Islamic extremists group Boko Haram.


Jeremy Corbyn is new Labour Party leader

By JC Reporter, September 12, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn has won a landslide victory to become the new leader of the Labour Party.

The Islington North MP won 59.5 per cent of the vote in the first round.

Andy Burham was a distant second with 19 per cent. Yvette Cooper gained 17 per cent while Liz Kendall trailed on 4.5 per cent.

A total of 422,664 votes were cast, with the new leader picking up 251,417.


Many more questions now that Jeremy Corbyn is Labour leader

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2015

So what happens now?

What was not so long ago unthinkable has come to pass. Now the hard work really begins – both for the Labour Party and British Jews.

Jeremy Corbyn’s election as leader will raise tough questions about the future of the relationship.


Two teenagers plead guilty over Manchester assault

By Sandy Rashty, September 11, 2015

Two teenagers have pleaded guilty to assault over an attack on four Jews in Manchester last Saturday night.

The 17-year-olds – who have not been identified for legal reasons – made their pleas at Manchester Youth Court on Friday afternoon.

Police say they are investigating the attack as a hate crime.


Benjamin Netanyahu and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis ‘clashed over settlements’

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reported to have clashed with British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis over the building of settlements.

A media report in Israel claimed the men had disagreed over the issue during a private meeting in London on Wednesday evening.

Mr Netanyahu met Jewish community leaders for talks at the start of his visit to Britain.


CST pledges ‘robust’ security plan for Rosh Hashanah

By Rosa Doherty, September 11, 2015

Security has been tightened in Jewish neighbourhoods ahead of the High Holy Days.

The Community Security Trust said “a robust policing plan” would be in place to protect the community during the festivals, with police and CST volunteers mounting patrols.

CST said it had held briefings with shuls and police across London and Manchester.


MPs reject assisted dying bill

By Josh Jackman, September 11, 2015

MPs have voted against the Assisted Dying Bill going to a third reading in Parliament.

The proposed legislation fell at the second hurdle, heavily defeated by 330 votes to 118.

Ahead of the debate, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis took to social media to attack the bill.

In a message posted on Facebook, Rabbi Mirvis stressed that the bill was misguided and dangerous.


Charedim urge David Cameron to do more for refugees

By Rosa Doherty, September 11, 2015

Leaders of Britain's Charedi community have urged David Cameron to do more to help Syrian refugees.

Orthodox social action charities Interlink and Agudas Yisroel, alongside rabbis from the North London Muslim Jewish forum, welcomed the prime minister’s commitment for the UK to take in 20,000 refugees from camps over the next five years.


Sadiq Khan to be Labour’s candidate for London mayor

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2015

Sadiq Khan has won the race to be Labour’s candidate in next year’s London mayor election.

He will fight to succeed current Conservative mayor Boris Johnson after beating closest rival Tessa Jowell.

The former Communities Minister, who has supported Jeremy Corbyn in the party’s leadership contest, said he was “humbled” to
have been selected.


Charedi teenager who was victim of assault released from hospital

By Sandy Rashty, September 11, 2015

A 17-year-old Charedi boy who was in a coma after being assaulted at a Manchester tram station is now recovering at home.

Moshe Fuerst, who was born in Jerusalem, was released from the Salford Royal hospital last night.