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Son of dead cyclist in plea to Boris Johnson

By Sandy Rashty, July 28, 2014

The son of a Jewish cyclist killed in a collision with a lorry, has called on the Mayor of London to “stop promoting cycling in an unsafe city”.

Dr Clive Richards suffered a heart attack after he was struck by a lorry on Archway Road in Highgate last August. The 67-year-old grandfather, from Whetstone was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

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Tesco withdraws West Bank products

By Daniel Easterman, July 28, 2014

Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket chain, says it will no longer sell products originating from the West Bank, starting this September.

A spokesman for the supermarket said the move was not "politically motivated" and not connected to the Gaza conflict.

The decision was part of a “regular product review process”, he said.

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UJIA telethon raises £140,000 for Israeli children caught up in Gaza conflict

By Rosa Doherty, July 28, 2014

UJIA fundraisers brought in £140,000 for children in Israel who have been affected by the recent conflict.

Over 100 volunteers took part in a telethon at the charity’s head office in Camden, north London, on Sunday to raise money for its Children of the South appeal.

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Anger as One Direction are in two minds over Gaza

By Sandy Rashty, July 28, 2014

Two members of the One Direction boy band have split opinion over the war in Gaza.

Singer Zayn Malik was challenged by Israeli fans after he tweeted “#FreePalestine” to his 13 million followers.

His message has been retweeted around 150,000 times by Monday afternoon.

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Amnesty needs a wake-up call

By Eric Lee, July 25, 2014

Imagine Israel without guns or ammunition, without the Iron Dome, helpless before the armed fanatics of Hamas. Of course, we can’t imagine such a thing. But Amnesty International can.

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Ofsted inspectors drop in on JFS campus without warning

By Simon Rocker, July 25, 2014

The country's largest Jewish school was the subject of an unannounced inspection from Ofsted earlier this month, the JC has learned.

But neither JFS nor the inspection service would divulge the reason for the two-day visit.

Ofsted would say only that the inspection had been prompted by "concerns" it had received.

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Board conflict over Deputy's Gaza view

By Daniel Easterman, July 24, 2014

A Board of Deputies member has been been accused of racism over comments made on the Gaza conflict.

Antony Cohen, a deputy for the Leeds Jewish Representative Council, told the Board's meeting on Sunday: "I'm going to lay my cards on the table, I don't care about any Palestinians, I only care about the Jewish people in this country and in Israel. We are facing a tremendous danger."

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Former Carmel College teacher accused of sexual abuse

By Simon Rocker, July 24, 2014

A former teacher at Carmel College has been charged with sexual abuse while working at the now closed public school.

Trevor Bolton, 77, of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, was arrested in June last year on suspicion of four counts of indecency with a child and five counts of indecent assault on a male.

He was charged last Thursday and released on bail to appear at Oxford Crown Court next week.

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'Hate' in Amnesty email

By Simon Rocker, July 24, 2014

Amnesty International has been accused of sending out an email "filled with hate, lies, distorted facts and misrepresentation of reality" by a relative of one of the 3 Israeli teenagers murdered on the West Bank last month, after its UK crisis campaigns manager appealed to supporters to lobby against arms sales to Israel.

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Warning over child abduction

By Charlotte Oliver, July 24, 2014

Families in Golders Green have been told to take precautions after a stranger attempted to abduct a child on Tuesday - the second incident of its kind in the past week.

According to the community volunteer security patrol, Shomrim, a man tried to persuade an eight-year-old boy into his car by offering to drive him home. The boy ran away.

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