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Bianca Jagger apologises following antisemitic tweet row

By Daniel Sugarman, July 12, 2016

Bianca Jagger, human rights activist and ex-wife of Mick Jagger, has tweeted a link to a neo-Nazi site which includes antisemitic, homophobic and racist remarks about British MPs.


Prime Minister-in-waiting Theresa May commits to remembering the Holocaust

By Rosa Doherty, July 12, 2016

Moments after it was announced Theresa May will replace David Cameron as Prime Minister, Mrs May signed a pledge committing to remembering the Holocaust.

In what is thought to be her first act as Prime Minister-in-waiting, Mrs May signed a pledge launched by the Holocaust Educational Trust in memory of Sir Nicholas Winton, at its annual ambassador’s conference.


Reinstated Labour councillor attacks ‘utterly ruthless Zionist powers that be’

By Charlotte Oliver, July 11, 2016

A Scottish Labour councillor who was suspended and then reinstated by the party after reportedly posting antisemitic comments online has blamed the “Zionist ‘powers that be’” for his previous censure.


Second Chasidic school marked down by Ofsted over refusal to teach about sexual orientation

By Simon Rocker, July 11, 2016

A second Chasidic school within a week has been told that it is failing to meet independent school regulations because it will not teach about same-sex relationships.

Beis Malka Girls’ School, in Stamford Hill, north London, which is run by the Belz Chasidim, had “worked hard” to comply with statutory requirements, Ofsted said.


Stamford Hill group plans new Charedi community in Harlow

By Simon Rocker, July 10, 2016

A group of activists from Stamford Hill is planning to start a new Charedi community in the Essex town of Harlow.

The expanding Charedi population in Hackney and the high cost of housing in inner London have prompted the search for new locations.


Corbyn could be recalled to antisemitism inquiry

By Simon Rocker, July 10, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, could be recalled to face further questions at a parliamentary inquiry on antisemitism.

Keith Vaz, the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said that it would consider on Tuesday whether to summon Mr Corbyn to reappear following complaints about some of the answers he gave last Monday.


Ofsted criticises Charedi school for failing to teach about same-sex orientation

By Simon Rocker, July 10, 2016

A Chasidic school has been judged to fall short of required standards because it will not teach children about sexual orientation.

Boys at the Talmud Torah Machzikei Hadass in Stamford Hill, north London, were “shielded” from certain topics because of its “unconditional adherence to the Shulchan Aruch”, the Code of Jewish Law, Ofsted said.


Intermarriage at record high – but rate of increase slows

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2016

New research into intermarriage among British Jews has shown that it is at its highest level for generations. The report, by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, claims that marrying out is having a "corrosive" effect on the Jewish population.


Tiger who Came to Tea author Judith Kerr wins prestigious lifetime achievement award

By Rosa Doherty, July 7, 2016

Much-loved children’s author Judith Kerr has received a lifetime achievement award from the BookTrust charity.

The author of The Tiger who Came to Tea and Mog was presented with the award at London Zoo, on Wednesday.

Award judge Shami Chakrabarti said the children’s author, who fled Nazi Germany with her family in 1933,


Concerns over Hizbollah flags being displayed in the UK to be referred to Home Secretary

By Josh Jackman, July 7, 2016

The Home Secretary is to be made aware of concerns surrounding the display of Hizbollah flags at anti-Israel marches in the UK.

Chris Grayling, Leader of the House of Commons, told MPs that Theresa May would be informed.

His comment came after Hizbollah flags were displayed by protesters at last Sunday’s anti-Israel Al-Quds Day march in central London.