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Former archbishop compares antisemitism on campuses to Nazi Germany

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2016

A former Archbishop of Canterbury has compared antisemitism on campuses to Nazi Germany.

Rowan Williams told the Sunday Times that there were “worrying echoes” of Nazi Germany occurring today at British universities.

He said there were still cases where “people ascribe both a sort of collective guilt to Jewish people and a sinister kind of backstairs power”.


Board challenges BBC over 'misleading headlines' in Israel coverage

By Naomi Firsht, March 24, 2016

The Board of Deputies has raised concerns with the BBC over “misleading headlines” in the its coverage of attacks in Israel.

A delegation from the Board met BBC’s Head of News James Harding this week to discuss the Jewish community’s concerns about the reporting of the recent upsurge of violence in Israel.


How Clegg's adviser came to run the go-to Israel think-tank

By Marcus Dysch, March 23, 2016

Eyebrows were raised when James Sorene was appointed as chief executive of research group Bicom last year.

He was billed as having been a key adviser to Nick Clegg during the former Liberal Democrat leader's time as Deputy Prime Minister - one of the most tumultuous periods in the now-diminished party's relationship with the Jewish community.


David Cameron tells Jeremy Corbyn to ‘sort out’ antisemitism problem in Labour

By JC Reporter, March 23, 2016

Prime Minister David Cameron has told Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn he must “sort out” the problem of antisemitism in the Labour Party.

Mr Cameron said during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons that there had been a growth in support for antisemitism in parts of the Labour Party.


Tory MP claims £135 for Hebrew lessons

By Naomi Firsht, March 23, 2016

A Conservative MP has claimed £135 in expenses for Hebrew lessons.

According to the Grimsby Telegraph, Andrew Percy, who is a member of Conservative Friends of Israel, said the lessons were part of his professional development and that he was paying some of the cost himself.


Charity sees 50 per cent rise in domestic abuse victims

By Sandy Rashty, March 23, 2016

A leading domestic violence charity has seen a 50 per cent surge in the number of women using its services over the past four months.


Daesh 'will hit more Israelis' abroad

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 23, 2016

Following the terrorist attack in Istanbul on Saturday, security experts have warned that attempts to murder Israelis abroad by Daesh are a foregone conclusion.


Gantz: world must unite to humiliate Daesh

March 23, 2016

Former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz has called on the international community to join together to destroy the terror movement Daesh.

Addressing a Zionist Federation Gala Dinner on Sunday night, Mr Gantz said: "We must humiliate, actually, Daesh and what it stands for. Period. No concessions. If it takes a generation, it takes a generation."


Meet the team set to battle their own robot wars battleown robot wars

By Charlotte Oliver, March 23, 2016

WALL-E, C-3PO and the Terminator will have to be on their mettle - there's a new robot coming to town, and this one is special.

After all, its creators are four north London schoolgirls who designed and built their award-winning machine in breaks between lessons.


Yavneh pupil powers way to engineering prize

By Charlotte Oliver, March 23, 2016

While robots waged war at the Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, another student was also making a big impression at the event: 16-year-old Joshua Fifer, who was named Young Engineer Student of the Year 2016.

The Yavneh College pupil won the title for designing and building a prototype device that can generate hydrogen, which can then be used to power domestic gas appliances.