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High Court backs Jewish family who rejected invasive autopsy on religious grounds

By Simon Rocker, July 28, 2015

A High Court judge has backed the religious right of Jews and Muslims to ask for a post-mortem to be carried out by scan rather than cutting up open the body.

The case was brought by the family of an Orthodox Jewish woman who resisted an order by Inner London Coroner Mary Hassell for an invasive autopsy to determine the cause of her death last year.


Foreign Office urges Israel to end settlement building

By Charlotte Oliver, July 28, 2015

The Foreign Office has urged Israel to stop building settlements “on private Palestinian land”.

In a statement, Tobias Ellwood, Middle East Minister, said that “the UK is deeply concerned by reports that planning for 1,065 settlement units is being advanced, including possible retrospective approval of buildings without permits or on private Palestinian land.


Strictly Orthodox turn out in force for police safety day

By Rosa Doherty, July 28, 2015

Children were locked in handcuffs and sirens blared as they were ushered into squad cars by uniformed police – and all in the name of strengthening ties between the police and London’s strictly Orthodox Jews.

Thousands turned out for a special “community safety day” on Monday, organised by the volunteer security group Shomrim, and attended by senior officers from Scotland Yard.


Israel lacrosse team forced to forfeit match after refusing to play on Shabbat

By Josh Jackman, July 28, 2015

An Israeli lacrosse team playing in the sport’s World Championship in Scotland has been forced to forfeit a match for not playing on Shabbat.

The under-19s side, made up of 15 and 16-year-old amateurs participating in their first tournament, arranged with opponents Finland to play their match on Wednesday instead of Saturday.


Hugo Rifkind and Samantha Ellis named as Wingate Prize judges

By JC Reporter, July 27, 2015

A leading journalist , an acclaimed novelist and a senior rabbi will be the judges for one of Anglo-Jewry’s most prestigious literary prizes, it was announced today.

Columnist Hugo Rifkind, author Samantha Ellis and Jonathan Wittenberg, senior rabbi of Masorti Judaism, will decide who will win next year’s Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize, and receive £4,000 in prize money.


Man threatened 'to kill mugging victim' unless he dropped charges, court told

By JC Reporter, July 27, 2015

A father whose son was accused of a mugging told the alleged victim to drop the charges or he would “kill him”, a court heard.

Mark Izraelov, 50, is said to have threatened Samuel Brown after Mr Brown accused Yacov Izraelov, 20, of stealing his mobile phone and coat.


UK rabbis criticise ‘unjust’ demolition of Palestinian homes

By Charlotte Oliver, July 27, 2015

A cross-communal group of 30 rabbis have written to Israel’s outgoing ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub, asking him to “do what you can” to halt the demolition of Palestinian homes in a West Bank village.


Cage wins judicial review of Charity Commission donation ban

By Marcus Dysch, July 27, 2015

The Charity Commission faces a judicial review of its decision to ask two charities not to fund a group linked to Daesh terrorist Mohammed Emwazi.

The Commission had asked the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) and the Roddick Foundation never to fund Cage again after details of its connections with Emwazi came to light when he was uncovered as “Jihadi John”.


Pro-Israel activists in London protest against Iran deal

By Josh Jackman, July 27, 2015

Activists opposing the nuclear deal between Iran and western powers have delivered a letter outlining their objections to 10 Downing Street.

After a demonstration in Whitehall on Sunday attended by more than 30 supporters, pro-Israel grassroots group Campaign For Truth (C4T) handed over the message, which compared the agreement to appeasement of the Nazis.


Holocaust denier David Irving speaks at secret London neo-Nazi meeting

By Rosa Doherty, July 27, 2015

Holocaust denier David Irving was the guest speaker at a secret meeting in London where he is said to have addressed fascist sympathisers and neo-Nazis.

At the session at the Rembrandt Hotel in central London, Irving gave a speech titled: "Saturation Bombing in World War II – who is to blame?"