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Councillor suspended from Labour Party after claims she called Hitler 'greatest man in history'

By JC Reporter, April 10, 2016

A local councillor has been suspended from the Labour Party over a series of antisemitic tweets.

Aysegul Gurbuz is alleged to have praised Adolf Hitler, calling him the “greatest man in history”, and said she hoped Israel would be wiped out by an Iranian nuclear bomb.


Police arrest gang after car driven by Orthodox man was ‘pelted with eggs’

By Marcus Dysch, April 8, 2016

Four men have been arrested after allegedly carrying out an antisemitic attack on a strictly Orthodox man in London.

It is understood eggs were thrown at his car as he travelled through the Blackwall Tunnel in east London last night.

Shomrim, the volunteer community security group, said antisemitic abuse had been shouted during the incident.


Police re-open inquiry into anti-Israel posters on the tube

By Sandy Rashty, April 8, 2016

British Transport Police have re-opened an investigation into anti-Israel posters which were put up across the London underground.

The inquiry into more than 200 posters, which were placed on tube trains during Israel Apartheid Week in February, was closed last Thursday after police said they had pursued all lines of inquiry.


Corbyn tells BBC he 'unequivocally cracks down upon' antisemitism in Labour

By JC Reporter, April 7, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn has responded to criticism of his handling of antisemitism in Labour by insisting that he takes a tough line on the issue.

"If anyone reports any form of antisemitism within our party, it is investigated immediately and cracked down upon,” he said.

"Antisemitism is vile and wrong as is any form of racism.


Anti-circumcision protests are a bizarre stunt, say Jewish campaigners

By JC Reporter, April 7, 2016

Plans for a series of protests against circumcision have been attacked by Jewish campaigners.

The Justice for Men and Boys (J4MB) political party says it will mount demonstrations against what it calls “male genital mutilation” in London in May and June.


Young Adult fiction author Meg Rossoff wins £430,000 prestigious literary prize

By Josh Jackman, April 7, 2016

Meg Rosoff has said she “literally never ever imagined” winning the Astrid Lindgren Memorial award, the most prestigious honour for young people’s literature in the world.

The Swedish award, which comes with a cash prize of £430,000, was awarded to the young adult fiction writer for a lifetime of acclaimed works such as How I Live Now and Just In Case.


David Cameron rejects review of UK's funding of Palestinian Authority

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2016

David Cameron has rejected an MP's call for an independent review of how British taxpayers' money is used to fund the Palestinian Authority.


Board of Deputies attacks Jeremy Corbyn’s response to ‘clear-cut antisemitism’ in Labour

By JC Reporter, April 7, 2016

The Board of Deputies has described as “deeply disturbing” Jeremy Corbyn’s defence of his brother’s criticism of a Jewish Labour MP’s fears about antisemitism in the party.

Earlier this week Piers Corbyn tweeted that it was “absurd” for Louise Ellman, MP for Liverpool Riverside, to say the some activists were allowed to “get away” with Jew-hate comments online.


Man collapses and dies during Shabbat service

By Charlotte Oliver, April 7, 2016

A shul-member died after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest during a synagogue service.

John Quint collapsed at Finchley United Synagogue during last Saturday's Shabbat morning prayers.

The 79-year-old was reported to have lost consciousness in the main shul building.


Chasidic school takes on government

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2016

A Chasidic independent school has mounted a legal challenge against an order from the Department for Education restricting it from taking new pupils until standards improve.

Beis Aharon Trust, which runs a school for 347 boys aged from three to 13 in Stamford Hill, north London, is awaiting the outcome of an appeal to the Care Standards Tribunal.