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New Labour MP Catherine West seeks strong ties with Jewish community

By Rosa Doherty, May 27, 2015

New Labour MP Catherine West has prioritised maintaining strong relations with the Jewish community in her north London constituency but warned that she would have backed the Palestinian independence had she been in the Commons.

Mrs West won Hornsey and Wood Green from the Liberal Democrats, beating the Jewish sitting MP, Lynne Featherstone by a majority of just over 11,000 votes.


Amnesty says Hamas committed war crimes

By Rosa Doherty, May 27, 2015

A report by Amnesty International UK says that Hamas committed abuses that amount to war crimes during last summer’s 50-day war with Israel.

The terror group was accused of using last summer’s conflict as a cover to execute 23 Palestinians.


Jeffrey Spector right to take his own life says member of his shul

By Naomi Firsht, May 26, 2015

Jeffrey Spector, the advertising executive who killed himself by assisted suicide at a clinic in Switzerland, was a member of St Annes Hebrew Congregation in Lancashire.

Synagogue member June Kendall said the Spector family were members of the Orthodox shul.

Mr Spector, who was 54, took a lethal dose of poison at Dignitas clinic in Zurich.


Chief Rabbi urges community to report sex abuse allegations to police

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has stated that any allegation of child sexual abuse must be reported to the police “without delay”, following last week’s conviction of a Charedi teacher for sexual assault.

All rabbis under the authority of the chief rabbi are to be asked to attend a mandatory seminar being organised by the United Synagogue to alert them to the dangers of abuse.


Alan Aziz to leave Zionist Federation to head JNF

By Rosa Doherty, May 26, 2015

Zionist Federation director Alan Aziz has announced that he is leaving to become the CEO of JNF.

Mr Aziz, who worked for the ZF for 15 years, said he had “decided to move from one iconic Zionist institution to another”.

He added: “It has been a pleasure and a privilege, even at the toughest of times, to defend and promote Israel in the UK.


Antisemitism prompts Scottish Jews to consider leaving the country

By Josh Jackman, May 23, 2015

Scottish Jews experienced almost as many antisemitic incidents in one month last year as in the whole of 2013, prompting some to consider leaving the country.

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) put the spike down to the conflict in Gaza last summer, reporting that it led to “unprecedented expressions of fear, anxiety, insecurity, and alienation.”


Shomrim called after attempted bank robbery

By Naomi Firsht, May 22, 2015

Jewish volunteer security service Shomrim were called to Lloyds bank in Golders Green on Thursday afternoon after an attempted robbery.

According to police a man walked into the Lloyds at around 3pm on Thursday, told staff he had a knife on him and demanded cash, before walking out empty-handed.


Jews have taken over Ukip, claims ex-candidate

By Rosa Doherty, May 22, 2015

A former Ukip candidate has said ‘Jewish interest groups’ have taken over the party.

Footage of Jack Sen, who was suspended by the party just before the election, shows him launching an antisemitic attack after he spoke to far-right group The London Forum.


Jeremiah Duggan did not commit suicide, coroner rules

By Matei Clej, May 22, 2015

Jewish student Jeremiah Duggan did not commit suicide, a coroner has ruled.

Andrew Walker "totally rejected" a ruling by a German court that Mr Duggan had killed himself by running out in front of traffic on a motorway in Wiesbaden, Germany in 2003.


The West is obsessed with the ‘primeval’ Israel-Palestinian conflict, says Jon Snow

By Naomi Firsht, May 21, 2015

Channel 4 journalist Jon Snow has said he is obsessed with the Israel-Palestine conflict because “I see people like me doing horrible things to other people”.

Speaking at a panel discussion following a performance of Palestinian play The Siege, Mr Snow, who chaired the debate, labelled the conflict a “primeval war”.