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Ed Miliband: I’m a strong friend of Israel but I was right over Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, April 29, 2015

Ed Miliband has defended his criticism of Israel during last summer’s Gaza conflict, saying he was right to describe the military action as “wrong and unjustifiable”.

In an interview with the JC to be published on Thursday, Mr Miliband said he was committed to obtaining “security for Israel and a viable and secure Palestinian state”.


Alleged sex offender Todros Grynhaus had 'demons running through him'

By JC Reporter, April 28, 2015

A respected Jewish teacher skipped bail and fled to Israel using a false passport after being charged with sexual offences against two teenage girls, a court heard on Tuesday.

Father-of-10 Todros Grynhaus, 50, denies five counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual assault.


‘Send Muslim migrants to Saudi Arabia’, urges Ukip candidate

By Sandy Rashty, April 28, 2015

A Jewish Ukip candidate has said British rescue workers should harbour Christian migrants – but send Muslims to Saudi Arabia.

Raymond Shamash, who is standing in Hendon, north-west London, also proposed setting up “detention camps, though not on European soil – to sort out the genuine refugees from economic migrants”.


Lord Weidenfeld honoured with Theodor Herzl Award

By Rosa Doherty, April 28, 2015

The World Jewish Congress has honoured Lord Weidenfeld with its prestigious Theodor Herzl Award.

The peer received the accolade at a gala dinner at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum on Tuesday.

The award recognises those who work to carry forward Herzl’s ideals for a safer, more tolerant world for the Jewish people.

Herzl was one of the founding fathers of modern Zionism.


'Compulsive' stalker jailed for breaching restraining order

By Matei Clej, April 28, 2015

A persistent stalker has been jailed for breaching a life-time restraining order which prevents him harassing his female victim.

Elliot Fogel, 40, was found guilty of breaching the order by issuing a libel claim against 38-year-old therapist Claire Waxman and of storing information about her.


Israel was right to defend itself over Gaza, insists David Cameron

By Stephen Pollard, April 28, 2015

David Cameron has spoken of his belief that it is “important to speak out” about Israel’s right to have defended itself last year in Gaza.

In an interview with the JC to be published on Thursday, Mr Cameron contrasts the “indiscriminate” attacks on Israel with its defensive response.


Stephen Pack's Board comment was wrong, says former United Synagogue president

By Simon Rocker, April 28, 2015

United Synagogue president Stephen Pack’s warning that Reform candidate Laura Marks would be a “divisive” choice as president of the Board of Deputies has been sharply criticised by his predecessor.

Simon Hochhauser, who chaired the US from 2005 to 2011, said Mr Pack’s intervention was “wrong in principle and as a tactic”.


Family’s relief as London teacher emerges unscathed from Nepal earthquake

By Sandy Rashty, April 28, 2015

The family of a British Jewish teacher spent several days terrified that he had been hurt or killed in the Nepalese earthquake – until he got in touch with them over the internet.

English teacher Simon Warner, a former JFS and Hasmonean High School student, said he was staying in a northern Nepal village when the earthquake hit.


Labour candidate accuses BBC of racism over 'wealthy Jews' article

By Rosa Doherty, April 27, 2015

The BBC has been accused of racism after an article on the Blackley and Broughton constituency in Greater Manchester referred to its “wealthy” Jewish community.

In an online profile, the BBC said the area was multi-cultural with a “Jewish community concentrated in a wealthy pocket of large detached houses”.


Stalker breached restraining order to harass victims' rights campaigner

By Matei Clej, April 27, 2015

Stalker Elliot Fogel was found guilty at Harrow Crown Court on Monday of breaching a lifetime restraining order preventing him from harassing a woman he met 24 years ago as a student.

Fogel, 40, of Edgware, north London, was also found guilty of saving and storing information about Claire Waxman, 38, a complementary therapist who has become known as a campaigner for victims’ rights.