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Neo-Nazis outnumbered by counter-protesters at central London rally

By Josh Jackman, July 4, 2015

About 20 neo-Nazi demonstrators were confronted by hundreds of counter-protesters in a clear show of anti-fascist defiance on Saturday.

The outnumbered extremists who gathered to protest against the "Jewification" of London were met with cries "Nazi scum - off our streets" and "We are black, white, Asian and we're Jews. And there's many many more of us than you," from anti-Nazi activists.


Orthodox man found guilty of kidnapping and raping his ex-wife

By Matei Clej, July 3, 2015

A strictly Orthodox man has been found guilty of kidnapping and raping his ex-wife.

The man showed no emotion as he was convicted of one count of kidnap, two counts of rape and one count of false imprisonment.

Sentencing will take place on Monday.


Tessa Jowell lends her support at Golders Green Together ribbon event

By Josh Jackman, July 3, 2015

London Mayor candidate Tessa Jowell has expressed solidarity with the Jewish community as a month-long campaign against a planned neo-Nazi rally concluded with a show of cross-communal unity on Friday morning.

Ms Jowell was present as around 40 volunteers from grassroots group Golders Green Together turned out to decorate the area with green and gold ribbons.


Hate crime has risen by more than a quarter in London, say police

By JC Reporter, July 3, 2015

New figures from the Metropolitan Police show a surge in racist and religiously motivated hate crimes.

The total number of reported incidents rose by almost 28 per cent last year, from 9,965 to 12,749.

According to the Evening Standard, police said crimes listed as antisemitic increased by 138 per cent from 208 to 495. The boroughs of Brent and Hackney saw some of the biggest increases.


Gold and green Golders Green Together campaign goes ahead

By Josh Jackman, July 3, 2015

The Golders Green Together group was due to end its month of activism by decorating the area with green and gold ribbons.

Set up by anti-extremism group Hope Not Hate and the London Jewish Forum to counter the threat of extremists, it went ahead with its plans on Friday despite the decision to move the protest to central London.


Expert warns on Daesh terror threat to European Jews

By Orlando Radice, July 2, 2015

One of Britain's most senior terror experts has warned that competition between jihadi groups is contributing towards a newly heightened threat against European Jews.


Golders Green Rally: ‘We knew there would be a move, we felt it coming’

By Marcus Dysch, July 2, 2015

Moving the planned extremist rally away from Golders Green and the heart of the Jewish community was not a spur of the moment response from the Metropolitan Police, but the culmination of weeks of work from a coalition of communal organisations.


Golders Green Together’s social media ‘thunderclap’ campaign reaches over 285,000 people

By Josh Jackman, July 2, 2015

Golders Green Together, the cross-communal initiative to combat the neo-Nazi rally in Golders Green, has reached more than 285,000 people with its “thunderclap” post, as supporters simultaneously broadcast a message of anti-racism across social media.


New local government friends of Israel group starts with 450 supporters

By Tal Fox, July 2, 2015

A new friends of Israel group has been launched for local councillors.

It was announced at a reception at the Local Government Association’s annual conference this week which saw over 1,400 council chief executives, leaders and councillors gather in Harrogate.


Hendon bomb threat prompts mass evacuation

By Josh Jackman, July 2, 2015

A mass evacuation took place in a prominent Jewish area this afternoon following a bomb threat.

Buildings on Bell Lane, Albert Road and Hillview Gardens in Hendon were evacuated following reports of a suspicious package.