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Left Unity debates IS support motion

By Josh Jackman, November 20, 2014

A new left-wing political party voted on a motion supporting Islamic State at its first annual conference.

The motion put forward at Left Unity's national meeting in London suggested that IS had "progressive potential" and that the Muslim caliphate it wanted to create "could only be a stabilising force" in the Middle East, replacing the "brutal regimes" in which Muslims lived.

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Synagogue to hold first single-sex wedding

By Simon Rocker, November 20, 2014

When Paul Ginsberg and Eli Kaufman step under the chupah at Finchley Reform Synagogue on Sunday, they could be making history.

The couple are thought to be the first to have a same-sex Jewish wedding in a synagogue in this country.

Mr Ginsberg, 35, who works at the Royal Society of Arts, met Mr Kaufman, 32, an operations manager at a driving performance centre, who is originally from Israel,

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Mike Leigh's shivah secret

November 20, 2014

Attending a family shivah as a boy inspired Mike Leigh to become a film-maker.

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Call for end to funding of banned charity

By Sandy Rashty, November 20, 2014

Communal organisations have called on the government to stop funding Birmingham-based charity, Islamic Relief, after it was banned as a terrorist organisation by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Islamic Relief, which signed contracts worth £12.5 million on projects funded by the UK government in the last calendar year, has already been banned from operating in the West Bank after it was accused

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Journalist quits Lib Dems

By Josh Jackman, November 20, 2014

A Jewish political journalist has resigned from the Liberal Democrats, saying she will not continue "tacitly accepting antisemitism" by remaining in the party.

Charlotte Henry, who writes for the Independent on Sunday, condemned the party for it stance on anti-Israel Lib Dem MP David Ward.

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Etherton to take over at film festival

By Sandy Rashty, November 20, 2014

The man behind major culture festivals in the UK, Geneva, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv has been named as the next chief executive of the UK Jewish Film Festival.

Michael Etherton has organised music and film festivals across the globe since he graduated from Oxford University and the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance.

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Call for boycott clamp-down

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 20, 2014

Activists want police to have more power to stop boycotts of Jewish and Israeli businesses, claiming that existing legislation is "deficient".

North-West Friends of Israel, which led a campaign to end the picket by pro-Palestinians of the Kedem Israeli cosmetics store in Manchester, has written to a group of MPs urging them to strengthen the Public Order Act.

The group's co-chair Anthony Den

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Anne Frank project reveals teen troubles

By Rosa Doherty, November 20, 2014

A picture of troubled British teenagers, worried by family breakdown, bullying and racism, has emerged from an online project run by the Anne Frank Trust UK.

Generation Diary allows 13- to 15-year-olds to submit extracts from their own diaries to be published anonymously on a dedicated website.

The teenagers have been inspired to keep a record of their experiences, having read the story of A

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Poll reveals children's fear of other faiths

By Simon Rocker, November 20, 2014

One in 10 children in primary schools thinks that people who are religious, or from a different religion from their own, are "dangerous", according to a survey.

The poll, carried out by YouGov for the Bible Society, also found that nearly three in four teachers believe the education system could do more to tackle inter-religious strife by changing children's attitudes.

More than 25 per cent

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Fresh claims made of exam censorship

By Simon Rocker, November 20, 2014

A strictly Orthodox school has come under renewed attack from secular campaigners for reportedly stopping girls from answering exam questions.

The National Secular Society (NSS) has written to Ofsted and the Department for Education, calling for an inquiry into the state-aided Yesodey Hatorah Girls High School in Hackney, North London.

The NSS complained about the school last year when it e

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