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UK feared Israeli attack on Iran, reveals former defence chief

By Naomi Firsht, October 1, 2014

Former chief of the defence staff General David Richards has revealed in his new autobiography that during the early part of the Arab Spring Britain was concerned about an Israeli strike on Tehran’s nuclear installations.

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TfL says it will act against driver in bus bigot incident

By JCReporter, October 1, 2014

Transport for London has said it will take “appropriate action” against a driver who failed to respond when a commuter on his bus shouted antisemitic abuse at young children and passengers.

Paul Edwards, correspondence manager for buses at TfL, said: “I can assure you that this matter has been fully investigated by both Arriva, the bus operator, and the Metropolitan Police.

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Teacher took indecent images of schoolboys

By Sandy Rashty, October 1, 2014

Police have discovered indecent images of children on the computer of a “respected” deputy headteacher who died last month.

The images of schoolboys undressing in changing rooms were found on the computer of Martin Goldberg, who taught maths at the Thorpe Hall School in Southend for 23 years. It has been suggested that Mr Goldberg is Jewish.

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Israel must not alienate Western opinion, Philip Hammond tells Tories

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2014

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said he wants to help secure a better future for Israel.

He told a packed Conservative Friends of Israel reception at the party conference in Birmingham that his party had been consistent in its support of the country during the Gaza conflict.

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Pears family gives £5 million to Royal Free Hospital

By Sandy Rashty, September 30, 2014

The Pears Foundation have donated £5 million to build a new medical research facility next to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. It is the foundation’s largest ever donation.

The new north London facility, which will be named The Pears Building, will focus on furthering medical research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, HIV and hepatitis.

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May promises to eliminate neo-Nazi and Islamist extremism

By Marcus Dysch, September 30, 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May has outlined fresh plans to tackle radical extremists including neo-Nazis in Britain.

She said the government intended to disrupt the efforts of Islamists and extreme groups by restricting their use of internet sites including social networks and by banning hate preachers from speaking in public.

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Tories promise crackdown on extremists

By Naomi Firsht, September 30, 2014

Neo-Nazi groups will face a television and social media ban if the Conservatives are re-elected in 2015, according to plans expected to be announced today by Home Secretary Theresa May.

She is due to address the Conservative party conference in Birmingham about new measures as part of a crackdown on extremism.

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Poet Dannie Abse dies

By Naomi Firsht, September 29, 2014

The Welsh, Jewish poet Dannie Abse has died aged 91.

During a successful literary career that began in the 1940s, Mr Abse won a number of awards, while also practising medicine as a chest specialist.

Mr Abse died on September 28, surrounded by family, following a short illness.

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Liverpool FC Rosh Hashanah tweet prompts torrent of hate

By Naomi Firsht, September 29, 2014

A Rosh Hashanah tweet from Liverpool Football Club was removed after it received a barrage of antisemitic abuse online.

The club tweeted on Thursday night: “Liverpool FC would like to wish all our Jewish supporters around the world a happy new year. #RoshHashanah.”

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Jewish minister Brooks Newmark resigns from government

By JC Reporter, September 27, 2014

Jewish Conservative MP Brooks Newmark has resigned from the government over allegations published in a Sunday newspaper.

Mr Newmark, MP for Braintree, left his post as minister for civil society saying he remained “a loyal supporter of this government”.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said David Cameron had accepted Mr Newmark's resignation.

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