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We thought the end was near, says Farhud survivor

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2015

A British Jewish group has called on David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission to include the Farhud in its memorial project.

On 1-2 June 1941 – 74 years ago today - a Nazi-inspired mob rose up and attacked Iraq's Jewish community, which numbered 140,000 at the time.

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Chief Rabbi says Belz driving ban on women is against Jewish values

By JC Reporter, June 1, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has attacked a strictly Orthodox sect's ban on women driving as “at odds with Jewish values”.

In a letter sent out last week, leaders of the Stamford Hill-based Belz sect declared that female drivers go against “the traditional rules of modesty in our camp”.

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Board asks Foreign Secretary to raise Jeremiah Duggan case with German authorities

By Sandy Rashty, June 1, 2015

The Board of Deputies has called on the government to intervene in the case of Jewish student Jeremiah Duggan who died in Germany in mysterious circumstances.

Newly elected Board president Jonathan Arkush has asked Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to raise the matter with German authorities at a “senior level”.

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Woman wins £16,000 damages after firm wouldn't hire her because she wanted to observe Shabbat

By JC Reporter, June 1, 2015

A Jewish woman has been awarded more than £16,000 in damages by an employment tribunal after being rejected for a job because she would not work on Shabbat.

Aurelie Fhima said her application to work at a Manchester-based car rental firm was turned down after she revealed she was Shabbat observant and could not work on Saturdays.

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Method of slaughter labelling a low priority for meat consumers, EU reports finds

By Rosa Doherty, June 1, 2015

Shechita UK has welcomed an European Commission report on attitudes to animal slaughter.

The study, called Information to Consumers on the Stunning of Animals, found that stunning animals before slaughter was “not an important issue” for most consumers, unless it was brought to their attention.

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Man arrested over Hitler salute

By Rosa Doherty, June 1, 2015

A man has been arrested after he was seen making a Nazi salute.

A member of the Jewish neighbourhood watch group Shomrim had witnessed the man make the gesture and and shout "Heil Hitler" at Jews in a street in Stamford Hill, north London.

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Sephardi leader Rabbi Joseph Dweck says Belz driving ban makes women feel inferior

By JC Reporter, June 1, 2015

The leader of the Sephardi community in Britain has called the Belz ban on women driving “deeply upsetting” and against Torah.

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Equalities Commission says Belz school ban is unlawful

By Simon Rocker, June 1, 2015

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has said that it would be unlawful for a school to bar children if their mothers drive.

Leaders of the Belz sect, one of the largest Chasidic groups, in Stamford Hill, north London have told parents that the children of women drivers would not be permitted to attend its schools from next term.

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Police protecting me from antisemites, says abuse inquiry head Sue Berelowitz

By JC Reporter, June 1, 2015

The former Deputy Children’s Commissoner for England has revealed how she was a victim of antisemitic abuse.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Sue Berelowitz, who leads the government inquiry into sex abuse, said police were having to patrol to protect her after she was subjected to “vile” insults on social media.

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Education Secretary launches inquiry over Chasidic ban on women drivers

By JC Reporter, May 29, 2015

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has condemned a Chasidic sect's ban on women driving as "completely unacceptable".

In a letter sent out last week, Belz rabbis, based in Stamford Hill, said that female drivers go against “the traditional rules of modesty in our camp”.

They also said that children would be barred from Belz schools if they were dropped off by their mothers in cars.

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