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Sex abuse claims against ex-Carmel College teacher are ‘ludicrous’, court told

By Simon Rocker and Josh Jackman, October 20, 2015

Allegations that a former Carmel College teacher began a series of 30 to 40 of sexual assaults soon after arriving at the school were “ludicrous” and “over-the-top”, his barrister said this week.

Trevor Bolton, 78, from Clacton on Sea, Essex, denies 25 counts of indecency and sexual assault involving eight boys under 16 while he taught at the school from 1968 to 1988.


London teacher banned from classroom ‘indefinitely’ after antisemitic Facebook post

By Sandy Rashty, October 19, 2015

A teacher has been banned from the classroom for life after he was convicted of posting an antisemitic message on social media.

Mahmudul Choudhury, 36, was banned from teaching last week by a panel ruling on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education.


Government consulted Jewish security group to draw up anti-extremism strategy

By Sandy Rashty, October 19, 2015

The UK government consulted a leading Jewish security group in its latest bid to tackle extremism, which was announced today.

The government spoke to leaders at the Community Security Trust ahead of announcing its new counter-extremism strategy – which will specifically target extremist Islamist and neo-Nazi hate.


84 year-old great grandma jumps out of plane for charity after cancer diagnosis

By Rosa Doherty, October 19, 2015

When great grandmother Rosa Kingston was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she wasn’t about to sit back and dwell on the two months she had to live.

Instead, the 84 year-old decided to sky dive 13,000 ft from a plane.

Ms Kingston, did just that last week in a bid to raise cash for other women who are ill.


Terminally ill Jewish woman ends life at Dignitas

By Sandy Rashty, October 19, 2015

A Jewish mother from Manchester ended her life at a Dignitas clinic in Switzerland after battling a debilitating illness for almost 20 years.

Rachelle Linz, 50, took a fatal dose of drugs at the assisted suicide clinic in Zurich after saying that the neurological condition had “destroyed everything I loved so much about my life”.


Muslim student wins Anne Frank poetry prize

By Rosa Doherty, October 19, 2015

A young Muslim student has won a national prize for her poem about Anne Frank, beating hundreds of entries.

Maha Salman, a Year 8 student from King Edward VI School for Girls in Birmingham, has won the national Anne Frank Poetry prize, sponsored by the educational charity the Anne Frank Trust UK, for her poem entitled “Hope” (you can read the poem below).


Ex-BBC chairman Lord Grade attacks corporation over Israel coverage

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2015

Former BBC chairman Lord Grade has criticised the corporation’s coverage of the ongoing violence in Israel and the West Bank.

He wrote to the BBC’s director of news and current affairs, James Harding to say coverage had at times been misleading and failed to give context to what he called an “undoubtedly complex issue”.


Labour Party suspends local councillor for anti-Israel comments

By JC Reporter, October 19, 2015

The Labour Party has suspended a local councillor who said Jews were behind the 9/11 attacks and Daesh.

Beinazir Lasharie, a former Big Brother contestant who is now a councillor in west London, posted a video on Facebook titled: “ISIS: Israeli Secret Intelligence Service.”


Chief Rabbi says stabbings in Israel are like murder of Lee Rigby in UK

By Marcus Dysch, October 18, 2015

Around 200 people have attended a special prayer service in memory of those killed in the terror attacks and violence in Israel.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis led the service in Hendon, north-west London, on Sunday evening amid tight security.

He told the audience the knife attacks in Israel were comparable to the murder of Lee Rigby by extremists in London.


Limit Palestinian diplomatic freedoms if they don't condemn violence, urges Jonathan Arkush

By Josh Jackman, October 18, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has asked the Foreign Secretary to curtail Palestinian diplomatic privileges if they do not condemn violence against Israelis.

Mr Arkush said he had written to Philip Hammond in the wake of a series of attacks in which seven Israelis have been killed.