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Backing for debate over Hitler book sale

By Marcus Dysch, January 29, 2015

An MP's call for a national debate on the sale of offensive literature such as Mein Kampf has been welcomed by the Board of Deputies.

Labour's Thomas Docherty said he wanted to spark discussion about the book's availability after he noticed its commercial success while searching the history section of Amazon's website before his 40th birthday on Wednesday.


BBC won't call Paris killers 'terrorists'

By Rosa Doherty, January 29, 2015

A senior BBC executive has revealed the corporation avoids using the term "terrorist" to describe the Islamists who carried out the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Tarik Kafala, head of the BBC Arabic Service, said the word was too "loaded" for reporters to use when describing the two men who killed 12 people in the attack on the French magazine in Paris.

But a BBC spokesperson rejected any suggesti


Outrage over 'Question Time' slot for George Galloway

By Marcus Dysch and Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2015

Jewish leaders have reacted with fury to the BBC's decision to invite anti-Israel MP George Galloway onto a Question Time panel in Finchley, north-west London.

Mr Galloway, who refuses to debate with Israelis, will be a guest on the BBC1 current affairs programme when it is filmed in the parliamentary constituency with the country's largest Jewish population next week.


Food for thought on ambassador's first visit

By Marcus Dysch, January 29, 2015

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub met leaders of the strictly Orthodox community this week in the first ever official visit by the country's top diplomat to Stamford Hill.

He toured a Jewish Care centre, the Yesodei Hatorah school and the Kol Boniach outreach group which helps teenagers at risk in north London.

It was hoped the visit would strengthen relations between the strictly Orthodox comm


Former England boss Venables picks his team of Israel's top tech players

By Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2015

Former England manager Terry Venables has chosen 20 Israeli companies specialising in sports technology to take part in a groundbreaking initiative to boost trade between Israel and the UK.

Mr Venables and ex-Football Association chairman Lord Triesman were among the judges who selected the top 20 start-ups from 80 firms which applied to attend the Future Sport conference in March.


A few lessons learned at teachers' conference

By Charlotte Oliver, January 29, 2015

As a teacher, you never stop learning. That was the message of the day at the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS) last Tuesday, where more than 200 people gathered for its fourth National Jewish Education Conference for Primary School Teachers.


How Auschwitz reminded me to never forget

By Joshua Rocker, January 29, 2015

We were told it was OK to cry, but maybe we should have been told it was just as acceptable not to cry. I went last month on Immanuel College's sixth form trip to Poland willing to weep, but unable to do so in what I had anticipated would be the most affecting places, such as the gas chambers at Majdanek.


Good showing for Jewish secondary schools in new league tables

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

The top performing Jewish secondary school in England is north London’s Yavneh College, according to A-level results revealed today.

Department of Education statistics released on Thursday show that the Borehamwood academy came joint 84th in A-level results last year, with an average score per pupil of 255.6 – the equivalent of a B grade.


BBC to investigate Tim Willcox over Paris interview

By JC Reporter, January 29, 2015

The BBC has said it will investigate news presenter Tim Willcox after his questioning of a Jewish woman in Paris following the terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris.

A “very large number” of complaints had been received following his suggestion that “Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands”.


Interfaith boost as Bradford Synagogue recruits Muslim

By Rosa Doherty, January 28, 2015

A synagogue in Bradford has co-opted a Muslim representative to sit on its ruling body.

It is believed to be the first time a Muslim has held such a role.

Jani Rashid has joined the council of Bradford Reform Synagogue and will help make decisions about the day-to-day running of the building.