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Hard-left activists target judge with 'Zionist' slurs

August 18, 2016

Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn have suggested that the Jewish judge in the Labour membership case heard at the Court of Appeal may have been influenced by his "Zionist" background.

Lord Justice Jack Beatson ruled last Friday that the party had the right to block new members from voting in the leadership contest between Mr Corbyn and Owen Smith.

The decision affects around 130,000 party members,


UJIA launches new sixth form scheme

By Simon Rocker, August 18, 2016

UJIA has launched a new programme for sixth formers to gain a more in-depth knowledge of Israel.

A select group of 15 to 20 school students will be chosen to take part on the year-long Israel Fast Track course which begins next month.

It will feature a series of Sunday afternoon sessions, two residential weekends in the UK and an intensive seminar in Israel over half-term in 2017.

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How beating cancer can trigger a new battle

By Rosa Doherty, August 18, 2016

Samantha Jacobs had just got married when she was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer at the age of 26. After live-saving surgery and chemotherapy, she recovered but the disease and the treatment has left her permanently disabled.

When she initially received the diagnosis, Ms Jacobs, a former hairdresser from Pinner, in north-west London, says: "It was horrible. I started chemo straight away.


The Corbyn supporter trying to repair rift in Labour Party

By Rosa Doherty, August 18, 2016

It is a question being asked by Jewish Labour supporters across the country: can you be a devoted follower of Jeremy Corbyn as he continues to struggle with the party's antisemitism problem?

Rhea Wolfson believes she may have the answer. Last week the 26-year-old was elected to the party's National Executive Committee, winning 85,687 votes from supporters across the country.


Jewish students celebrate 'excellent' A Level results

By JC Reporter, August 18, 2016

Jewish schools have kept up their high standards with students returning an impressive set of A-level results.

Yavneh College, Hertfordshire said that it was "proud" students had performed "fantastically well across all subjects", with a record eight succeeding in winning places at Oxford and Cambridge.


Palestinian flags fly inside Celtic Park

By JC Reporter, August 18, 2016

Pro-Palestinians protested as Glasgow football club Celtic played Israeli team Hapoel Beersheva last night.

Activists displayed Palestinian flags and chanted anti-Israel slogans at the Champions League qualifying match at Celtic Park on Wednesday evening.


Joshua Bonehill-Paine faces trial for alleged antisemitic abuse of Jewish MP Luciana Berger

By JC Reporter, August 17, 2016

An alleged antisemite has today denied racially abusing a Jewish Labour MP in a string of “defamatory and insulting” posts online.

Joshua Bonehill-Paine, 23, is accused of posting five abusive articles attacking the Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger.


Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies safe after fire

By Lianne Kolirin, August 17, 2016

A large fire broke out at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies last week.

Firefighters were called to the Clarendon Institute on Walton Street, which is part of Oxford University, at 1.45pm on Thursday. Oxford Fire and Rescue Service sent four crews and a hydraulic platform to the scene.

The street was completely closed to traffic as smoke billowed across the area.


Radical cleric Anjem Choudary convicted of swearing allegiance to Daesh

By Lianne Kolirin, August 16, 2016

Controversial Islamic preacher Anjem Choudary has been convicted of supporting Daesh.

The 49-year-old radical cleric backed the terrorist organisation in a series of talks posted on YouTube, a trial at the Old Bailey heard.

The verdict was delivered on July 28, but for legal reasons can only now be reported.


Nazi comparison was 'inflammatory', Board of Deputies tells Jewish Labour backer

By Lianne Kolirin, August 16, 2016

Labour donor Michael Foster has been criticised by the Board of Deputies for comparing Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters to “stormtroopers”.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday last weekend, Mr Foster – whose family has donated more than £400,000 to the party – slammed the Labour leader’s allies for threatening and intimidating opponents.