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Rowntree Trust ends funding to Cage after Emwazi links revealed

By Marcus Dysch, March 9, 2015

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) has confirmed it will end its funding of a group linked to Islamic State terrorist Mohammed Emwazi.

The trust’s decision comes after the Charity Commission monitored its payments to Cage.

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Jewish leaders back We Stand Together campaign against hate

By JC Reporter, March 8, 2015

Jewish communal leaders have helped launch a new national effort to combat hate and extremism.

Vivian Wineman, the president of the Board of Deputies, Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence of Finchley United Synagogue, and Rabbi Herschel Gluck joined Muslim and Christian figures, and senior Metropolitan Police officers on Sunday to unveil the We Stand Together campaign.

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BBC defends Jeremy Bowen over Netanyahu tweet

By Rosa Doherty, March 6, 2015

The BBC has defended a tweet sent by Jeremy Bowen during Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress on Tuesday.

Mr Bowen tweeted after the Israeli prime minister mentioned Elie Wiesel, a survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who was present.

Mr Bowen wrote “once again Netanyahu plays the holocaust card”.

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Bad Jews poster banned from Tube by TFL

By Josh Jackman, March 6, 2015

Posters advertising the hit play ‘Bad Jews’ have been banned from Tube stations by Transport for London.

TfL says it is following its rule that adverts can be removed if they are “likely to cause widespread or serious offence to members of the public”.

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Bad Jews poster banned from Tube by TFL

By Josh Jackman, March 6, 2015

Posters advertising the hit play ‘Bad Jews’ have been banned from Tube stations by Transport for London.

TfL said it was responding to "a few complaints" from customers, and followed its rule that adverts can be removed if they are “likely to cause widespread or serious offence to members of the public”.

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Cambridge students brand Israel a rogue state

By Naomi Firsht, March 6, 2015

Students at Cambridge University have voted overwhelmingly that Israel is rogue state.

A debate at prestigious debating society, the Cambridge Union Society, which put forward the motion “This house believes that Israel is a rogue state” was passed last night by 51 per cent to 19 per cent against and 30 per cent abstaining.

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Board of Deputies seeks support for its election manifesto

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

The Board of Deputies has called on the community to make its voice heard on Jewish issues ahead of the general election in May.

It has set up a web page which assists people in their efforts to contact their MPs and prospective parliamentary candidates online.

The Board hopes voters will ask their representatives whether they support the organisation’s Jewish manifesto.

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Oxford students reject anti-boycott measure

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

Oxford students have voted down a motion which would have ordered its National Union of Students delegates to reject a tie-up between NUS and the Israel boycott movement.

The motion, put forward by RSY Netzer member Ben Goldstein, alleged that the Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement “indiscriminately targets all Israelis”. It fell by 72 votes to 30, with 28 abstentions.

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Stalker victims’s bill starts passage through Commons

By Rosa Doherty, March 5, 2015

A bill giving victims of crime enforceable rights was introduced in the House of Commons by Elfyn Llwyd MP with all Party Support.

The bill was drafted by stalking victim and founder of Voice4Victims Claire Waxman and Harry Fletcher criminal justice director at the Digital-Trust.

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Students meet SOAS head over campus intimidation

By Naomi Firsht, March 5, 2015

The director of SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London) has held an emergency meeting with Jewish students who say they are too scared to go to lectures following a campus vote to boycott Israel.

On Wednesday, Jewish students complained to Paul Webley about the intimidation they had experienced as they campaigned against the vote.

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