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Britain-Israel science links ‘undermine boycott movement’, says ambassador

By Sandy Rashty, April 11, 2016

Britain’s Ambassador to Israel hailed the “flourishing” bilateral relations between the countries after Israeli scientists met UK counterparts at a special conference on Monday.


Boris Johnson warns of 'antisemitic sickness' within the Labour Party

By Charlotte Oliver, April 11, 2016

Boris Johnson has urged Londoners to vote for Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith in the London Mayoral elections, saying there is an “antisemitic sickness” within Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party.


Jeremy Corbyn showing contempt towards Jews, says major Labour donor

By JC Reporter, April 10, 2016

A major Jewish donor to the Labour Party has attacked Jeremy Corbyn for appearing to tolerate antisemitism and showing contempt towards Jews.

Michael Foster, whose family has donated over £400,000 to the party and who stood as a Labour candidate in the 2015 general election, said Mr Corbyn was “too weak” to stand up against antisemitic elements on the left.


Councillor suspended from Labour Party after claims she called Hitler 'greatest man in history'

By JC Reporter, April 10, 2016

A local councillor has been suspended from the Labour Party over a series of antisemitic tweets.

Aysegul Gurbuz is alleged to have praised Adolf Hitler, calling him the “greatest man in history”, and said she hoped Israel would be wiped out by an Iranian nuclear bomb.


Police arrest gang after car driven by Orthodox man was ‘pelted with eggs’

By Marcus Dysch, April 8, 2016

Four men have been arrested after allegedly carrying out an antisemitic attack on a strictly Orthodox man in London.

It is understood eggs were thrown at his car as he travelled through the Blackwall Tunnel in east London last night.

Shomrim, the volunteer community security group, said antisemitic abuse had been shouted during the incident.


Police re-open inquiry into anti-Israel posters on the tube

By Sandy Rashty, April 8, 2016

British Transport Police have re-opened an investigation into anti-Israel posters which were put up across the London underground.

The inquiry into more than 200 posters, which were placed on tube trains during Israel Apartheid Week in February, was closed last Thursday after police said they had pursued all lines of inquiry.


Corbyn tells BBC he 'unequivocally cracks down upon' antisemitism in Labour

By JC Reporter, April 7, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn has responded to criticism of his handling of antisemitism in Labour by insisting that he takes a tough line on the issue.

"If anyone reports any form of antisemitism within our party, it is investigated immediately and cracked down upon,” he said.

"Antisemitism is vile and wrong as is any form of racism.


Anti-circumcision protests are a bizarre stunt, say Jewish campaigners

By JC Reporter, April 7, 2016

Plans for a series of protests against circumcision have been attacked by Jewish campaigners.

The Justice for Men and Boys (J4MB) political party says it will mount demonstrations against what it calls “male genital mutilation” in London in May and June.


Young Adult fiction author Meg Rossoff wins £430,000 prestigious literary prize

By Josh Jackman, April 7, 2016

Meg Rosoff has said she “literally never ever imagined” winning the Astrid Lindgren Memorial award, the most prestigious honour for young people’s literature in the world.

The Swedish award, which comes with a cash prize of £430,000, was awarded to the young adult fiction writer for a lifetime of acclaimed works such as How I Live Now and Just In Case.


David Cameron rejects review of UK's funding of Palestinian Authority

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2016

David Cameron has rejected an MP's call for an independent review of how British taxpayers' money is used to fund the Palestinian Authority.