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Meet the election candidate who 'does not have time' to campaign

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2015

The Liberal Democrats are fielding a candidate in the constituency with the country’s fastest-growing Jewish community who refuses to talk to the media.

Sophie Bowler is standing for the party in Hertsmere, a Conservative safe seat which encompasses Borehamwood, Elstree and Radlett.


Southampton University have cancelled anti-Israel conference, organisers claim

By Naomi Firsht, March 31, 2015

The fate of the anti-Israel conference at Southampton University appears to be hanging in the balance following unconfirmed reports that it has been cancelled.

Conference organisers have claimed that the university is planning to withdraw its permission to host the conference in April due to health and safety concerns over planned demonstrations.


UKIP election candidate quits after claiming Israel should 'kidnap Obama'

By Sandy Rashty, March 30, 2015

A Ukip Parliamentary candidate has stepped down after he called for Barack Obama to be extradited to Israel.

Jeremy Zeid was contesting the Hendon constituency in north-west London for the right-wing party.

The seat has the second highest number of Jewish voters in Britain.


Passover story gives hope to today’s oppressed peoples, says David Cameron

By Marcus Dysch, March 30, 2015

The story of Pesach can give hope to those who are oppressed around the world, David Cameron has said.

In his Passover message to British Jews, the Prime Minister called for increased efforts to bring peace to areas of conflict.

Mr Cameron said: “In so many countries, families and friends will be coming together to celebrate the freedom of their ancestors.


Sussex students vote for Israel boycott

By Naomi Firsht, March 30, 2015

Students at Sussex University have voted overwhelmingly to implement a boycott against Israel.

A referendum held by the student union saw 1286 students vote with 806 - 68 per cent – backing a motion in favour of a boycott. There were 373 votes against and 113 abstentions.


Outrage over claim Ed Miliband should put his wife ‘in the oven’

By Sandy Rashty, March 30, 2015

Controversial TV personality Katie Hopkins has been accused of antisemitism, after suggesting Ed Miliband should gas his wife in an oven.

The jibe against the Labour leader – whose parents fled the Holocaust – and his wife, Justine, came after polling on the popularity of politicians’ wives.


Students honoured at UJS awards

By Naomi Firsht, March 30, 2015

Students received standing ovations for their contributions to Jewish life on campus in the glitziest evening in the Union of Jewish Students calendar.

Union president Ella Rose started off the annual UJS students awards on Sunday night with a video presenting clips of some of the best student activity this year, declaring "what an amazing year this has been".


Eric Pickles announces £1.5m for projects preserving Holocaust survivors' testimony

By JC Reporter, March 27, 2015

A £1.5 million package to safeguard the memories of Holocaust survivors for future generations has been announced by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

The initiative includes a £1 million project to record and digitally preserve the stories of Holocaust survivors who have not yet given their testimony.


Pears film fund awards £10,000 grants to Jewish directors

By JC Reporter, March 26, 2015

Young directors Lewis Rose and Richard Beecham were celebrating this week after each receiving a £10,000 grant from the Pears UKJFF Short Film Fund.

The money will help Mr Rose, 27, make The Chop, his film about a kosher butcher in a moment of crisis.

"The grant means a lot,2 he said. "It's the difference between making it now or 18 months' time. We can go into production right away."


Record-breaking crowd show they believe in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, March 26, 2015

Around 1,500 people gathered in central London on Sunday for the UK's largest ever pro-Israel conference.

We Believe in Israel drew people looking to counter the surge in anti-Israel activism that followed last summer's Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.