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Jewish NUS official says union’s executive is 'not a safe space' for Jews

By Josh Jackman, July 18, 2016

A senior Jewish member of the National Union of Students has had to defend herself for raising the issue of communal representation.

Izzy Lenga, who was attending today’s NEC meeting, said that its National Executive Council “isn't a safe space for us".

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UK communal leaders promote Mount of Olives security group

By Daniel Sugarman, July 18, 2016

UK communal leaders have agreed to promote youth awareness of one of Judaism’s most important sites.

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Joy for mother after victory in laser pen campaign

By Charlotte Oliver, July 18, 2016

The mother of an eight-year-old boy whose eyesight was damaged by a laser pen has said she is “over the moon” after seeing the business owner who sold the item sentenced to 240 hours’ community service.

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I was 'ignorant and stupid' for making antisemitic comments, says Naz Shah

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2016

Naz Shah, the Labour MP was who suspended from her party for antisemitic social media posts, has said she was “ignorant” and “stupid” when she published the offensive messages.

Ms Shah apologised earlier this year for the series of comments she made about Jews and Israel, and was readmitted to the party following a disciplinary process earlier this month.

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Board criticises Kelvin MacKenzie over article questioning use of Muslim reporter to cover Nice terror attack

By Daniel Sugarman, July 18, 2016

The Board of Deputies has condemned as “very regrettable” an article by Kelvin MacKenzie, the former editor of the Sun, criticising Channel 4 for using a Muslim reporter in a hijab to report on the terror attack in Nice.

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Portrait of Labour peer Gail Rebuck unveiled at National Portrait Gallery

By Charlotte Oliver, July 18, 2016

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled a portrait of leading publisher and Labour peer Gail Rebuck as part of its permanent collection.

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Race is on to open third Jewish secondary despite warning from Chief Rabbi

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2016

The race to open a new Jewish secondary in the London area has intensified, with a third group announcing plans to open a free school.

The Hertfordshire Jewish Free School (HJFS) hopes to apply to set up a new Jewish school in the county in September, while Kedem High and Barkai College are aiming to do likewise in Barnet.

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis tells MPs about experience of antisemitism

By Daniel Sugarman, July 14, 2016

Labour Party members have become more open and confident in expressing antisemitic feelings since Jeremy Corbyn became leader, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has said.

Giving evidence to a Parliamentary inquiry into Jew-hate, Rabbi Mirvis also said Ken Livingstone’s remarks about Hitler and Zionism were antisemitic.

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Husband dies after hospice wedding

By Rosa Doherty, July 14, 2016

A terminally ill man has died just 22 days after marrying the "love of his life".

Simon Cooper died on Sunday surrounded by his new wife, Claire, and family and friends. The couple had married at the North London Hospice in Finchley, north London, on June 21.

The ceremony was organised in less than 24 hours after doctors warned Mr Cooper that his time was running out.

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'I'm bored now,' says grandfather, 82, as he finishes his doctorate

By Rosa Doherty, July 14, 2016

Grandfather Ivan Lester was the "oldest codger" in the room as he picked up his PhD at a leading university.

The 82-year-old, from Harrogate, Yorkshire, has completed a doctorate nearly 60 years after initially applying to extend his studies.

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