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Naz Shah steps down as private secretary after Facebook posts about Israel and Jews

By Marcus Dysch, April 26, 2016

Labour MP Naz Shah has stepped down as private secretary to Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell after a series of social media posts she made about Jews and Israel were revealed.

The Bradford West MP, who defeated George Galloway in last year’s general election, backed the spending of “transportation costs” to move Israelis out of the Middle East.


Labour MP Naz Shah backed plan to 'relocate Israelis to America'

By Rosa Doherty and Marcus Dysch, April 26, 2016

Labour MP Naz Shah claimed Israeli Jews should be “relocated” to America in a series of social media posts and posted an article which likened Zionism to Al Qaeda.

The Bradford West MP, who defeated George Galloway in last year’s general election, backed the spending of “transportation costs” to move Israelis out of the Middle East.


Jewish groups disappointed after Lord Dubs’s plan on child refugees is voted down by MPs

By Rosa Doherty, April 26, 2016

Former Kindertransport refugee Lord Dubs has had his amendment to the immigration bill that would have seen the UK accept 3,000 child refugees, rejected in a vote in the House of Commons.

The government narrowly defeated a cross-party amendment to the bill, tabled in the House of Lords.


Thousands respond as family asks community to pray for a miracle for desperately ill daughter

By Charlotte Oliver, April 25, 2016

More than 10,000 have responded to a family’s online plea to the community to “storm the heavens” and pray for their 20-year-old daughter, who is on life support and is said to be brain dead.


Labour activist suspended for saying Israel uses Holocaust as ‘a political tool’

By Marcus Dysch, April 25, 2016

Labour has suspended a party member who posted a Facebook status claiming the Holocaust was “a political tool” used by Israel.

John McAuliffe, who writes for online publications and says he is a foreign affairs specialist, claimed Israel had established “a financial racket in the West”.


Fortune of £13 billion makes Reuben brothers UK’s richest

By Rosa Doherty, April 25, 2016

Property and internet tycoons David and Simon Reuben are the UK's wealthiest people with a fortune of over £13 billion, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

Brothers David, 77, and Simon, 74, who are of Iraqi Jewish descent, have a collection of London property which includes Millbank Tower, the John Lewis Partnership HQ in Victoria.


Two-year conditional discharge for businessman who spat at his nephew

By JC Reporter, April 22, 2016

A businessman who spat at his nephew during a dispute over a family restaurant has been given a conditional discharge by a London court.

Mickel Levy, 71, admitted assault by spitting at Zion Levy outside the Fiore Corner bistro in Leicester Square.


UJS president Hannah Brady urges Jewish students to stay in NUS and ‘hold leadership to account’

By Naomi Firsht, April 22, 2016

Hannah Brady, the president of the Union of Jewish Students, has urged members to resist calls to cut ties with the National Union of Students.

Ms Brady said that it was by remaining in the NUS that Jewish students could properly hold its leaders to account.


Three men warned by police over antisemitic abuse aimed at strictly Orthodox family

By Josh Jackman, April 22, 2016

Three men accused of hurling antisemitic abuse at a strictly Orthodox family while throwing eggs at their car have been given cautions by the police.

The men allegedly shouted “F***ing Jews” and “Kill the Jews” at the 28-year-old Jewish man who was driving with his partner and child when the attack occurred in Blackwall Tunnel, east London, earlier this month.


British woman honoured by Yad Vashem for saving her Jewish friends from the Nazis

By Rosa Doherty, April 22, 2016

A British woman who risked her life to save her Jewish friend from the Nazis during the Second World War has been honoured by Yad Vashem.

Dorothea Weber hid her friend Hedwig Bercu from German soldiers on Nazi-occupied Jersey for 18 months.

Hedwig, 24 at the time, had attempted to fake her own death to escape Nazi capture by leaving a suicide note and piled of clothes on a beach.