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England cricketer Moeen Ali banned from wearing Gaza wristband

By Marcus Dysch, July 29, 2014

England cricketer Moeen Ali has been banned from wearing pro-Palestinian wristbands during test matches.

There was controversy on Monday when the bowler was photographed wearing two bands stating “free Palestine” and “save Gaza”.

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Board deputy resigns after racism complaint

By Daniel Easterman, July 29, 2014

A Board of Deputies representative who was accused of making racist comments has resigned from his position.

Board President Vivian Wineman said he “utterly condemned and deplored” the remarks made by Antony Cohen, a deputy for the Leeds Jewish Representative Council.

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Police charge boy over cemetery desecration

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 29, 2014

Manchester police have charged a 13-year-old boy with criminal damage after 50 graves in a Jewish cemetery were vandalised.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will appear before Manchester and Salford Youth Court on August 8. The charges do not include any racially aggravated element. Greater Manchester Police said a second 13-year-old boy remains on bail until Wednesday.

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Son of dead cyclist in plea to Boris Johnson

By Sandy Rashty, July 28, 2014

The son of a Jewish cyclist killed in a collision with a lorry, has called on the Mayor of London to “stop promoting cycling in an unsafe city”.

Dr Clive Richards suffered a heart attack after he was struck by a lorry on Archway Road in Highgate last August. The 67-year-old grandfather, from Whetstone was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

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Tesco withdraws West Bank products

By Daniel Easterman, July 28, 2014

Tesco, the UK’s largest supermarket chain, says it will no longer sell products originating from the West Bank, starting this September.

A spokesman for the supermarket said the move was not "politically motivated" and not connected to the Gaza conflict.

The decision was part of a “regular product review process”, he said.

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UJIA telethon raises £140,000 for Israeli children caught up in Gaza conflict

By Rosa Doherty, July 28, 2014

UJIA fundraisers brought in £140,000 for children in Israel who have been affected by the recent conflict.

Over 100 volunteers took part in a telethon at the charity’s head office in Camden, north London, on Sunday to raise money for its Children of the South appeal.

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Anger as One Direction are in two minds over Gaza

By Sandy Rashty, July 28, 2014

Two members of the One Direction boy band have split opinion over the war in Gaza.

Singer Zayn Malik was challenged by Israeli fans after he tweeted “#FreePalestine” to his 13 million followers.

His message has been retweeted around 150,000 times by Monday afternoon.

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Amnesty needs a wake-up call

By Eric Lee, July 25, 2014

Imagine Israel without guns or ammunition, without the Iron Dome, helpless before the armed fanatics of Hamas. Of course, we can’t imagine such a thing. But Amnesty International can.

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Ofsted inspectors drop in on JFS campus without warning

By Simon Rocker, July 25, 2014

The country's largest Jewish school was the subject of an unannounced inspection from Ofsted earlier this month, the JC has learned.

But neither JFS nor the inspection service would divulge the reason for the two-day visit.

Ofsted would say only that the inspection had been prompted by "concerns" it had received.

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Board conflict over Deputy's Gaza view

By Daniel Easterman, July 24, 2014

A Board of Deputies member has been been accused of racism over comments made on the Gaza conflict.

Antony Cohen, a deputy for the Leeds Jewish Representative Council, told the Board's meeting on Sunday: "I'm going to lay my cards on the table, I don't care about any Palestinians, I only care about the Jewish people in this country and in Israel. We are facing a tremendous danger."

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