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Shop selling 'neo-Nazi' clothes targeted

By Rosa Doherty, May 2, 2014

An anti-fascist organisation is to protest outside a store in north London that sells a clothing brand said to be favoured by neo-Nazis.

The Viking Thor shop, which opened recently in North Finchley, stocks the German brand Thor Steinar.

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Teaching union tweet backs demo against EcoStream

By Sandy Rashty, May 2, 2014

A British teaching union has been condemned for backing a planned picket of an Israeli-owned store in Brighton this weekend.

A representative of Brighton and Hove National Union of Teachers used Twitter to alert members of the boycott, led by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), outside Israeli softdrinks shop EcoStream.

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Board of Deputies treasurer ‘shocked’ by visit to West Bank

By Simon Rocker, May 2, 2014

Board of Deputies treasurer Laurence Brass has said he was horrified at what he witnessed during a visit to a West Bank village, describing it as an “eye-opener”.

Mr Brass, who was spending Pesach in Israel, took part in a private capacity in a one-day trip organised by Yachad UK and led by a guide from the anti-occupation Israeli army veterans’ group, Breaking the Silence.

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Comedy stars help cancer patient to keep smiling

By Rosa Doherty, May 2, 2014

Four Jewish comedy stars are to put on a special performance in tribute to a 22-year-old graduate who is battling cancer.

Joshua Lerner had just finished a chemistry masters degree last year when he was diagnosed with life-threatening Hodgkin lymphoma.

His reaction was to start writing a blog about his treatment.

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Israeli embassy attacks Methodist report

By Simon Rocker, May 2, 2014

The Israeli embassy has attacked a briefing paper produced by the Methodist Church on the case for and against boycotting Israel.

The document, which makes no recommendations either way, is set to go to the church’s policy-making conference in Birmingham next month.

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Pair held over Nazi salute outside Golders Green kosher restaurant

By Marcus Dysch, May 1, 2014

A barrister has described how he witnessed a neo-Nazi attack outside a kosher restaurant just hours after Holocaust memorial day.

Two men performed Nazi salutes and shouted “Heil Hitler” during the incident.

Neville Kesselman, 71, was with a group of friends when the pair carried out the attack in Golders Green, north-west London, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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Gateshead man cleared of sexually abusing teenage boy

By Charlotte Oliver, May 1, 2014

A member of Gateshead's Orthodox Jewish community has been cleared of sexually abusing a teenage boy.

Jeremy Bernstein, 37, had been on trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

He was accused of touching the boy inappropriately and forcing him to carry out sex acts between December 1998 and December 2003.

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European elections — we ask the major parties their positions on the issues affecting British Jews

May 1, 2014

CONSERVATIVES

How will you defend religious practices?

Conservatives firmly subscribe to the ideals of respect and diversity within our communities.

How will you challenge the Far-right?

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Lib Dems Palestine group says sorry over links to Holocaust denial website

By Marcus Dysch, May 1, 2014

The Liberal Democrat Friends of Palestine group has apologised after it repeatedly posted links to a website which promotes Zionist conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial.

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Kosher caterer closed owing over half a million

By Sandy Rashty, May 1, 2014

Kosher caterer Carole Sobell Events Ltd went bust owing more than £500,000 to 23 companies, according to a list of creditors obtained by the JC this week.

The liquidated company — formerly run by Jewish businesswoman Carole Sobell — has racked up debts totalling £543,634.50, including £50,000 to the United Synagogue Kashrut Board.

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