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Student leader will give power back to grassroots

By Charlotte Oliver, July 3, 2014

The Union of Jewish Students must be more accountable to its members and should do more to promote grassroots initiatives, according to its new president.

Ella Rose outlined her desire to hand power back to students and make UJS more representative after taking up her role last week.


Hundreds gather at London vigil for murdered teenagers

By Daniel Easterman, July 2, 2014

Hundreds of people gathered for a candlelit vigil outside the Israeli embassy on Wednesday night to express their solidarity with the bereaved families of the three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped and killed in the West Bank.

Representatives of major communal organisations were present, including the Jewish Leadership Council, the Board of Deputies, UJIA and the Zionist Federation.


Leon Brittan defends role over Westminster sex abuse claims

By Marcus Dysch, July 2, 2014

Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has responded to calls for him to explain what he knew about allegations of paedophilia in Westminster in the 1980s.

Lord Brittan issued a statement after Labour MP Simon Danczuk said there should be a national inquiry into allegations of historic sex abuse.


Two teenagers arrested over Manchester cemetery desecration

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

Two teenagers have been arrested after a Jewish cemetery in Manchester was desecrated.

The attack at the Rochdale Road cemetery – in which swastikas covered tombstones and 40 headstones were pushed over, causing an estimated £100,000 worth of damage – was described as “sickening” by Greater Manchester Police (GMP).


Helena Bonham Carter meets Holocaust survivors in US

By Marcus Dysch, June 27, 2014

Members of David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission have travelled to the United States to investigate new techniques for educating people about the Shoah.

Actress Helena Bonham Carter, television presenter Natasha Kaplinsky and commission chair Mick Davis visited New York and Washington.


Police action on alleged Janner sex abuse is 'not imminent'

By Marcus Dysch, June 27, 2014

A decision over whether to prosecute Lord Janner over allegations of historic child sex abuse is no closer this week, despite new revelations about the investigation.

Action against the 85-year-old peer is "not imminent", according to police.

A file was sent by officers to the Crown Prosecution Service in April for consideration. A property owned by Lord Janner was searched in December.


Ukip defends alliance with Swedish extremists

By Marcus Dysch, June 26, 2014

The UK Independence Party has defended its decision to work with members of a Swedish party which was set up by former Nazis.

Ukip MEPs have joined a European Parliament grouping alongside representatives of the Sweden Democrat party, despite the Scandinavian group’s history of extreme nationalism, white supremacy and links to the Waffen SS.


Hamas links denied

By Simon Rocker, June 26, 2014

One of Britain's leading Muslim charities has rejected allegations of links with Hamas after being banned by the Israeli government last week from operating in the West Bank.

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon accused Birmingham-based Islamic Relief Worldwide of funnelling money to Hamas-controlled organisations.


Envoys support Laurence Brass in Israel criticism row

By Simon Rocker, June 26, 2014

A group of former Israeli diplomats and politicians have sprung to the defence of Board of Deputies treasurer Laurence Brass over his outspoken comments about the situation of Palestinians on the West Bank.

Mr Brass has been under fire for expressing shock after a recent visit to the area with British campaign group Yachad.


Annabel Karmel's new recipe for bosses

By Rosa Doherty, June 26, 2014

Celebrity chef Annabel Karmel wants all employers to have access to a record of litigants to protect them from hiring people who have sued other bosses.

She is campaigning for a central register to be set up after discovering her former sales director had taken action against two previous employers, before taking her to an employment tribunal.