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Chief Rabbi among hundreds of voters turned away amid polling chaos in Barnet

By Sandy Rashty and Josh Jackman, May 5, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and his wife Valerie were among hundreds of Barnet residents who were turned away from polling stations today.

The couple, who attempted to vote at around 8:30am this morning, were turned away as a result of administrative errors.

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Labour support among British Jews collapses to 8.5 per cent

By Marcus Dysch, May 4, 2016

Just 8.5 per cent of British Jews would vote Labour if there was an election tomorrow, an exclusive JC poll has revealed.

And 38.5 per cent of Jews give Labour the worst possible mark – 5 out of 5 – for antisemitism among party members and elected representatives.

The poll results come as Jeremy Corbyn's party is engulfed by an antisemitism crisis now entering its fourth month.

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SNP bar activist over hate posts

By Marcus Dysch, May 4, 2016

The Scottish National Party has barred a party activist from taking part in campaigns after his antisemitic Facebook posts were revealed.

Amjed Hussain, who campaigned alongside First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during her manifesto launch for this week’s election, has shared a video which alleged that Mossad carried out the 9/11 terrorist hijackings.

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Schindler’s letter auctioned for £7,500

By Naomi Firsht, May 4, 2016

A handwritten signed letter from Oskar Schindler to his accountant Itzhak Stern was sold in auction for £7,500 today.

German industrialist Mr Schindler saved more than 1,000 Jews during the Second World War by employing them in his enamelware factory in Krakow, Poland.

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Labour suspends Momentum supporter who claimed Jews caused ‘an African holocaust’

By Marcus Dysch, May 4, 2016

A leading member of the pro-Corbyn Momentum hard-left activism group claimed Jews were responsible for an “African holocaust”, the JC can reveal.

Jacqueline Walker is a vice-chair of the movement’s national steering committee and activist in south-east England.

Labour suspended Ms Walker from the party after the JC brought her comments to the party’s attention.

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David Cameron announces refugee u-turn after Kindertransport chair’s pressure

By Rosa Doherty, May 4, 2016

David Cameron has said the government will not stand in the way of an amendment calling for Britain to take in unaccompanied refugee children who have already arrived in Europe.

Former Kindertransport refugee Lord Dubs had originally had his amendment to the immigration bill that would have seen the UK accept 3,000 child refugees rejected in a vote in the House of Commons last month.

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Antisemitic tweets aimed at Spurs fans reported to police

By Josh Jackman, May 4, 2016

Vitriolic antisemitic tweets aimed at Tottenham Hotspur fans following the team’s match against Chelsea on Monday have been reported to the police.

The stream of abuse, which came from many separate users and included references to Auschwitz and “bastard Jews,” followed the 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge that marked the end of Spurs’ Premier League title challenge.

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David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn clash over Hamas and Hizbollah

By Marcus Dysch, May 4, 2016

David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn have repeatedly clashed in the Commons over Labour’s antisemitism crisis and the Labour leader’s past comments on Hamas and Hizbollah.

The Prime Minister asked Mr Corbyn four times to withdraw his previous references to Hamas and Hizbollah as “friends”.

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JFS consultant headteacher addresses parents' concerns

By Simon Rocker, May 4, 2016

The consultant headteacher drafted in to help manage JFS has written to ease parental concerns over the unexplained absence of head teacher Jonathan Miller.

Debby Lipkin assured parents at the start of the new term today of the “profound and personal commitment” to the school of its current leadership team.

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Take more child refugees, Association of Jewish Refugees chair urges David Cameron

By Rosa Doherty, May 4, 2016

Sir Erich Reich, Association of Jewish Refugees chairman, has called on David Cameron to do more to “help some of the most vulnerable victims” of the refugee crisis.

The former Kindertransport refugee said the Prime Minister should accept 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Syria.

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