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Bafta nomination for BBC documentary that got lost in translation when it substituted Israelis for Jews

By Sandy Rashty, March 30, 2016

A BBC documentary which substituted the word “Israeli” for “Jews” in its translation of interviews with Palestinians has been nominated for a Bafta.

Children of the Gaza War, which aired on BBC2 in July, followed journalist Lyse Doucet as she spoke to children in Israel and Gaza in the wake of the 50-day war.


Suspended Labour councillor speaks out over anti-Israel remarks

By Sandy Rashty, March 29, 2016

Bradford's former Lord Mayor Khadim Hussain has spoken out after he was suspended from the Labour party over a series of offensive comments on social media – including a remark that implied Israel was secretly arming terrorist-group Daesh.


Natural causes responsible for death of British woman in Eilat, say Israeli authorities

By JC Reporter, March 28, 2016

Israeli authorities have said a British woman who died while living in Eilat was the victim of a rare internal bleeding condition.

Julie Pearson, from Kinross in Scotland, died in November under mysterious circumstances.

Her family claimed her death followed an alleged attack by her Palestinian boyfriend, and that the police had not investigated the case sufficiently.


'UK government cash being paid to Palestinian terrorists'

By JC Reporter, March 28, 2016

Millions of pounds of British government money are being handed to convicted Palestinian terrorists.

The Department for International Development is expected to give up to £25.5 million this year to the Palestinian Authority, part of an aid package totalling over £70 million.


Jewish groups welcome warning given to police officer who compared Netanyahu to Hitler

By JC Reporter, March 27, 2016

Jewish groups in Manchester have welcomed a final warning handed to a local police, officer after he posted an image on Facebook comparing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Adolf Hitler.


Corbyn urged to expel party member who posted anti-Israel comments on Facebook

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn has been urged to expel a Momentum activist from the Labour Party, after he posted anti-Israel comments online.

Bob Campbell, from Middlesborough, was suspended from the party pending investigation, following statements he made on Facebook, suggesting that Mossad was behind Daesh.


Former archbishop compares antisemitism on campuses to Nazi Germany

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2016

A former Archbishop of Canterbury has compared antisemitism on campuses to Nazi Germany.

Rowan Williams told the Sunday Times that there were “worrying echoes” of Nazi Germany occurring today at British universities.

He said there were still cases where “people ascribe both a sort of collective guilt to Jewish people and a sinister kind of backstairs power”.


Board challenges BBC over 'misleading headlines' in Israel coverage

By Naomi Firsht, March 24, 2016

The Board of Deputies has raised concerns with the BBC over “misleading headlines” in the its coverage of attacks in Israel.

A delegation from the Board met BBC’s Head of News James Harding this week to discuss the Jewish community’s concerns about the reporting of the recent upsurge of violence in Israel.


How Clegg's adviser came to run the go-to Israel think-tank

By Marcus Dysch, March 23, 2016

Eyebrows were raised when James Sorene was appointed as chief executive of research group Bicom last year.

He was billed as having been a key adviser to Nick Clegg during the former Liberal Democrat leader's time as Deputy Prime Minister - one of the most tumultuous periods in the now-diminished party's relationship with the Jewish community.


David Cameron tells Jeremy Corbyn to ‘sort out’ antisemitism problem in Labour

By JC Reporter, March 23, 2016

Prime Minister David Cameron has told Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn he must “sort out” the problem of antisemitism in the Labour Party.

Mr Cameron said during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons that there had been a growth in support for antisemitism in parts of the Labour Party.