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Jeremy Corbyn clarifies Balfour Declaration remark after hustings confusion

By Rosa Doherty, July 21, 2015

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn has ended confusion over remarks he made during a hustings event with the Jewish community.

He appeared alongside fellow MPs Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall at the JW3 community centre in north-west London on Monday at an event organised by Labour Friends of Israel, the Jewish Labour Movement and the JC.


Kick It Out head, Lord Ouseley, attacks FA’s decision not to act over Malky Mackay texts

By Josh Jackman, July 21, 2015

The head of football anti-racism group Kick It Out has condemned the Football Association’s decision not to charge manager Malky Mackay over a series of racist, sexist, homophobic and antisemitic messages.

Lord Ouseley said the matter should not be dismissed simply because the texts were regarded as private.


Labour leadership candidates clash at Jewish community hustings

By Marcus Dysch, July 20, 2015

The Labour leadership candidates have outlined their positions on Israel in a packed hustings with the Jewish community.

Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn and Liz Kendall appeared at the JW3 community centre at an event organised by Labour Friends of Israel and the JC.


Students attack NUS president over failure to implement Israel boycott

By Sandy Rashty, July 20, 2015

The National Union of Students has criticised its president over her “failure” to fully implement its Israel boycott policy.

At a National Executive Committee meeting on Monday, NUS chiefs backed a motion to censure president Megan Dunn after she allowed Coca Cola to sponsor the NUS awards this month.


David Cameron expected to combat antisemitic conspiracy theories in speech tackling extremism

By Marcus Dysch, July 20, 2015

David Cameron is expected to tackle Muslim conspiracy theorists who peddle antisemitic tropes in a major speech on extremism.

Speaking on Monday, the Prime Minister will outline a five-year plan to combat Islamists.


David Cameron attacks antisemitic conspiracy theories as he outlines counter-extremism plan

By Josh Jackman and Marcus Dysch, July 20, 2015

David Cameron has said conspiracy theories about Jews may be the first stepping stones to Islamist extremism.

He also warned of extremists who believe that “Jews exercise malevolent power” and engage in conspiracy theories that Mossad was behind the September 11 terror attacks in 2001.


Board of Deputies backs Queen after 'Nazi salute' footage

By Josh Jackman, July 19, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has condemned criticism of the Queen after a film of her giving a Nazi salute was revealed.

During a Board plenary on Sunday, Mr Arkush also spoke of the Royal Family's warm relations with the Jewish community.


Builder fined for racially abusing strictly Orthodox man

By Josh Jackman, July 17, 2015

A builder who abused an Orthodox man who tried to stop him from urinating on a wall has been ordered to pay £795.

Jakub Kawczynski, 33, admitted engaging in religiously aggravated verbal harassment at Thames Magistrates' Court on Friday.


EasyJet flight to Tel Aviv forced to make emergency landing in Berlin

By Sandy Rashty, July 17, 2015

An easyJet flight from Manchester to Tel Aviv was forced to make an emergency landing in Germany on Thursday.

The flight, which was carrying 182 passengers, including 36 children and six babies, landed in Berlin after half the cabin crew fell ill.

All passengers were checked by paramedics “as a precaution only”. Four people were examined in hospital.


Britain failed to prosecute ‘book-keeper of Auschwitz’ Oskar Gröning in 1947, researchers reveal

By Sandy Rashty, July 17, 2015

Oskar Gröning, the “book-keeper of Auschwitz” who was jailed this week, escaped prosecution in Britain in 1947, it has been revealed.

Gröning, now aged 94, was sentenced to four years imprisonment for his role in the murder of 300,000 Jews during the Holocaust.