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Golders Green Rally: ‘We knew there would be a move, we felt it coming’

By Marcus Dysch, July 2, 2015

Moving the planned extremist rally away from Golders Green and the heart of the Jewish community was not a spur of the moment response from the Metropolitan Police, but the culmination of weeks of work from a coalition of communal organisations.

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Golders Green Together’s social media ‘thunderclap’ campaign reaches over 285,000 people

By Josh Jackman, July 2, 2015

Golders Green Together, the cross-communal initiative to combat the neo-Nazi rally in Golders Green, has reached more than 285,000 people with its “thunderclap” post, as supporters simultaneously broadcast a message of anti-racism across social media.

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New local government friends of Israel group starts with 450 supporters

By Tal Fox, July 2, 2015

A new friends of Israel group has been launched for local councillors.

It was announced at a reception at the Local Government Association’s annual conference this week which saw over 1,400 council chief executives, leaders and councillors gather in Harrogate.

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Hendon bomb threat prompts mass evacuation

By Josh Jackman, July 2, 2015

A mass evacuation took place in a prominent Jewish area this afternoon following a bomb threat.

Buildings on Bell Lane, Albert Road and Hillview Gardens in Hendon were evacuated following reports of a suspicious package.

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Website marking 7/7 bombings to inspire debate on terrorist violence

By Rosa Doherty, July 2, 2015

The family of a Jewish woman who was killed in the July 7 bombings in 2005 are launching a website in her name. It will mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks by British Islamits that killed 52 people in London.

Miriam Hyman was killed in the Tavistock Square bus blast after she had been evacuated from King's Cross station and had called her father to say she was safe.

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Lawyer: victims scared to report abuse

By Marcus Dysch, July 2, 2015

Few lawyers have had a public spotlight on their work to the same degree as Liz Dux has in the past three years.

Since acting for hundreds of Jimmy Savile's victims in 2012, Ms Dux, the daughter of a refugee from the Nazis, has become the go-to specialist for the victims of high-profile sex abusers.

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Prince Charles becomes WJR patron

July 2, 2015

The Prince of Wales has become the patron of World Jewish Relief, the charity has announced.

It is the first time the royal has been patron of a Jewish organisation working outside of the UK.

Nigel Layton, WJR life vice-president, said the charity was delighted.

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JCoSS pupils like to keep the interfaith

By Charlotte Oliver, July 2, 2015

Visit any Jewish school and you will expect to find calendars packed with important dates and holy festivals, from Rosh Hashanah to Shavuot.

But Ramadan is unlikely to feature on the roster.

This year, however, JCoSS decided to change that and put together a two-week interfaith programme to coincide with the Muslim festival - all of which took place inside a "multifaith tent".

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Simon Marks Primary will 'refresh' leadership

By Charlotte Oliver, July 2, 2015

Simon Marks Jewish Primary School has said it plans to unveil a "refreshed senior leadership team" following its Ofsted downgrading.

Chair of governors Howard Pallis announced that the school was "implementing a raft of reforms in the coming months, which we believe will raise quality across the board".

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Two-thirds say they want denial banned

By Marcus Dysch, July 2, 2015

Denying the Holocaust should be a criminal offence according to almost two-thirds of British Jews.

Asked for an exclusive JC poll whether they felt Shoah denial should be banned and made illegal in Britain, 64 per cent said yes.

It is not currently illegal in this country to deny that the Nazi genocide of Jews took place, but countries including Germany and Israel do impose a ban.

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