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Shimon Peres leads birthday tributes to the Queen as she turns 90

By Josh Jackman, April 21, 2016

Shimon Peres has told the Queen that “life begins at the age of 90” as Her Majesty celebrates her birthday today.

The 92-year-old former president and prime minister of Israel recorded a video message in honour of the Queen, who became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch last year.

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Jewish group leads calls to reform system of detaining asylum-seekers

By Rosa Doherty, April 20, 2016

Faith leaders and MPs have urged the government to end indefinite detention for asylum seekers.

Jewish human rights charity René Cassin and Tzelem, the Rabbinical Call for Social Justice, joined Christian and Muslim faith leaders to campaign for a reform of the immigration and detention system.

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JFS head to take 'leave of absence'

By Charlotte Oliver, April 20, 2016

JFS Headteacher Jonathan Miller will be taking a “leave of absence” from the school, according to its chair of governors.

In a letter sent to parents on Wednesday, Steven Woolf said the head “will not be dealing with school matters for the next few weeks”.

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Concerned public raises £1,000 for boy whose Barmitzvah present bike was stolen

By Josh Jackman, April 20, 2016

A child whose Barmitzvah present of a bicycle was stolen from under him will be able to replace it, after the public raised £1,000 for him in under a day.

Chezky Worch, 13, had his new bike taken from him in Cheetham Hill, north Manchester, on Monday, despite putting up a brave struggle against the two thieves.

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George Osborne pledges to honour spy who saved 10,000 Jews from Nazi persecution

By Rosa Doherty, April 20, 2016

George Osborne has pledged to fund a statue to honour a former spy who saved 10,000 Jewish lives during the Holocaust.

Speaking at an event in parliament held to mark the heroic efforts of Major Frank Foley the chancellor announced he would support the campaign led by Dudley MP Ian Austin to get a statue built.

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British family rescued by IDF after being detained by Jordanian navy during sailing trip

By Josh Jackman, April 20, 2016

A Jewish student has spoken of her terror after she and her family were held at gunpoint by Jordanian soldiers off the coast of Israel while on holiday.

Ellie Novack, a fashion student at Leeds College of Art, said she was told to “shut up and spare your tears” during the traumatic experience on Sunday, which lasted more than an hour.

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Anti-Zionist student leader elected as the new president of NUS

By Naomi Firsht, April 20, 2016

Malia Bouattia has been elected as the new president of National Union of Students.

The election took place in Brighton at NUS national conference on Wednesday.

Ms Bouattia has faced criticism from Jewish students over her controversial remarks about Zionists.

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Yavneh Primary given green light for September opening

By Charlotte Oliver, April 20, 2016

Yavneh Primary will definitely open in September with 60 pupils, after signing its funding agreement with the Department for Education.

In a letter written to Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden, Lord Nash, the parliamentary under Secretary of State for Schools, confirmed the government would be funding the free school, after first approving its formation last September.

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Zionist group wants UK government to label Hizbollah a terrorist organisation

By Josh Jackman, April 19, 2016

A campaign has been launched calling on the British government to classify Hizbollah as a terrorist organisation.

The Lebanese group’s military wing currently falls under this categorisation, but the Israel-Britain Alliance (IBA) - a creation of the Zionist Federation group - wants it to be extended to the whole of Hizbollah.

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Family release photos of Julie Pearson’s body to show why they think she didn’t die of natural causes

By Jessica Weinstein, April 19, 2016

The family of a British woman who died in Israel have released images of her battered face in an attempt to get Israeli authorities to re-open the investigation into her death.

Julie Pearson, 38, died in Eilat in November from what Israeli police have said were natural causes.

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