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Head of inquiry into Labour antisemitism Shami Chakrabarti reveals she has joined the party

By Marcus Dysch, May 16, 2016

Shami Chakrabarti has said she is confident that her inquiry into antisemitism within Labour will be independent, despite revealing that she joined the party last month.


Board calls on Jeremy Corbyn to show "genuine support" for tackling antisemitism in Labour

By Rosa Doherty, May 16, 2016

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has said he is disappointed at the “less than whole hearted” support of the Labour leader when it came to combating antisemitism.

Mr Arkush said at the Board plenary on Sunday “it is time Jeremy Corbyn made clear his genuine support, instead of giving the impression he is being forced to do so by the media.”


Brother loses claim to half of £3m 'Holocaust fund'

By Rosa Doherty, May 15, 2016

An accountant has lost a battle with his sister over a secret £3 million fund set up by their Jewish father in case there was another Holocaust.

Alan Hamilton told the High Court he was furious when his sister Carolyn inherited twice as much money as he was from the fund.


Boris Johnson accused of 'nasty games' in comparing EU to Hitler

By Rosa Doherty, May 15, 2016

Boris Johnson has compared the European Unions aims to Hitler's.

The pro Brexit MP for the conservative party said the Nazi leader and the EU both had the intention of unifying Europe under a single "authority".

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Johnson both the Nazi leader and Napoleon had failed at unification and the EU was "an attempt to do this by different methods".


Boxing champion Tyson Fury in antisemitic rant

By Marcus Dysch, May 13, 2016

Tyson Fury, the world heavyweight boxing champion, has launched an antisemitic rant in a video posted online.

The Manchester-born fighter claimed Jews “own all the banks, all the papers, all the TV stations”.

His comments were posted on YouTube as part of a self-filmed question and answer session last week, but the most offensive Jew-hate comments only came to light today.


Labour's six key objectives for antisemitism inquiry revealed

By JC Reporter, May 13, 2016

The Labour Party’s inquiry into antisemitism will aim to set out principles on how to recognise and deal with Jew-hatred among its members, according to a document believed to set out the official terms of reference.

The document, which was seen by the JC ahead of the inquiry’s official launch on Monday, outlines six key objectives.


Ten-year-old prodigy who's king of the chessboard

By Naomi Firsht, May 13, 2016

Noah Shapiro's chess skills extend to beating older players, teaching his father how to play, and now a place in the England squad. And he's still only 10 years old.

The schoolboy already plays for an adult chess club and captains pupils a year older than he is.


Labour suspend activist over “Jewish genocide of the British people” tweet

By Josh Jackman, May 12, 2016

Labour has suspended a party member who posted a link online claiming that “Jews control Britain and are committing genocide on us”.

Musabbir Ali, a member of the Tower Hamlets Labour Party in east London who used to serve as a campaign officer, “has been suspended pending an investigation”, a party spokeswoman confirmed.


Community asked to share charity appeal to man missing for seven months

By Rosa Doherty, May 12, 2016

Police are searching for a man who has been missing for seven months.

Isaac Purim, 35, disappeared from Golders Green, north–west London, on October 29 last year.

Barnet police have asked members of the community to share an appeal by the Missing People charity calling on Mr Purim to make contact.


Two strictly Orthodox British men in critical condition after car crash in Hungary

By Sandy Rashty, May 12, 2016

Two strictly Orthodox men – aged 19 and 20 – are said to be in critical condition after a car crash in Hungary on Wednesday night.

The Yeshiva students, named as Yehuda Roittenbarg and Binyamin Cohen, from Stamford Hill, north London, were taken to hospital after the crash where they were placed in induced comas.