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WJR joins with Islamic Relief in Iraq vigil

By Simon Rocker, September 4, 2014

The Reform movement's Senior Rabbi, Laura Janner-Klausner, has spoken at a multi-faith vigil jointly organised by a Muslim charity accused by Israel of links with Hamas.

Islamic Relief Worldwide co-sponsored Wednesday's event on behalf of Iraq's endangered minorities with World Jewish Relief and Christian Aid.

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Comic Relief donation makes Rwandans smile

By Jenni Frazer, September 4, 2014

World Jewish Relief has been given a substantial donation by Comic Relief.

WJR received £365,994 in support of its pilot programme in Rwanda, called the Livelihood Development Programme. The project is aimed at improving the lives of nearly 9,000 Rwandans over the next three years.

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Film director beats boycott with cash plea

By Rosa Doherty, September 4, 2014

An Israeli film-maker, who was denied funding to attend a prestigious festival in Britain because of a boycott, has raised the money himself through an online appeal.

Yoav Hornung's film Deserted was selected for the Encounters short-film festival this month.

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Man denies street attack on Galloway

September 4, 2014

A Jewish man repeatedly punched George Galloway in the face because he "was an enemy to Judaism," a court heard this week.

Former BBC manager Neil Masterson, 39, is alleged to have shouted about the Holocaust and then assaulted Mr Galloway as he posed for pictures with members of the public in Golborne Road, west London.

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Cameron hits out at MP over war crimes remark

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2014

David Cameron has rubbished a Labour MP's claim that British Jews who fight in the Israeli army should be stripped of their passports.

The Prime Minister hit back at backbencher Grahame Morris in the Commons on Monday during the debate on terrorism and the threat posed by Islamic State.

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Flags fly in the face of opinion

By Daniel Easterman, September 4, 2014

Representatives from Glasgow's Jewish community held talks with the leader of the city council this week to discuss their concerns over the council's decision to fly the Palestinian flag over its building.

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Grassroots campaign draws thousands to demo

By Rosa Doherty, September 4, 2014

Thousands of people turned out on Sunday for a rally organised by a new grassroots movement against the rise in antisemitism.

They filled the street outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London to hear speakers including Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

The crowd cheered Rabbi Mirvis and passing taxis displayed Israeli flags in support as he took to the podium.

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Cameron hits out at MP over war crimes remark

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2014

David Cameron has rubbished a Labour MP’s claim that British Jews who fight in the Israeli army should be stripped of their passports.

The Prime Minister hit back at backbencher Grahame Morris in the Commons on Monday during the debate on terrorism and the threat posed by Islamic State.

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July breaks record for antisemitic hate

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2014

There were more antisemitic incidents in Britain in July than any other month since records began 20 years ago, the Community Security Trust has confirmed.

The final figures show that 302 incidents were recorded, a rise of more than 400 per cent on the same month last year.

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Speak for yourself - the changing face of community protest

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2014

The success of a grassroots-led rally against antisemitism could herald a new era of Jewish advocacy in Britain, campaigners believe.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism’s demonstration in central London on Sunday was orgnaised by a small number of activists unaffiliated to traditional communal groups.

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