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Public overwhelmingly want end to religious slaughter, MP tells shechita debate

By Marcus Dysch, February 23, 2015

The latest parliamentary debate on the future of shechita has seen MPs put forward robust defences of kosher and halal religious slaughtering practises.

A three-hour session in Westminster Hall heard from more than a dozen speakers from across the political spectrum.


Bad Jews set for West End run

By Sandy Rashty, February 23, 2015

Award-winning play ‘Bad Jews’ is set to make its West End debut, it was announced today.

The play, which centres on an American Jewish family fighting over an heirloom left by their late grandfather, a Holocaust survivor, will transfer after sell-out runs at the St James Theatre in London and Ustinov Studio in Bath.


Journalist wins prestigious Chaim Bermant prize for articles on French antisemitism

By Sandy Rashty, February 23, 2015

A journalist who wrote a five-part series on the rise of antisemitism in France has won the prestigious Chaim Bermant Prize for journalism at a Jewish Book Week session.

Marc Weitzmann, the former editor-in-chief of French cultural magazine Les Inrockuptibles, received the prize on Sunday for his work, ‘France’s Toxic Hate’.


Police probe antisemitic chants before West Ham’s game against Spurs

By JC Reporter, February 23, 2015

Antisemitic chanting by a group of men thought to be supporters of West Ham United football club is being investigated by British Transport Police.

Video footage on social media appeared to show the men chanting abuse on a Tube train on the way to the club’s game against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out contacted police.


Council backs down over Hitlers Walk sign

By Josh Jackman, February 23, 2015

A proposed boycott by Cornish Jews has led a village to defer indefinitely its plan to erect a sign naming a local park “Hitlers Walk”.

The title was originally created by Mevagissey residents in the 1930s in reference to despotic local councillor Wright Harris, but the park sign was removed in 2005 following objections.


Anti-shechita campaigners are 'obsessed', says Jewish group

By Marcus Dysch, February 23, 2015

The British Veterinary Association is “negligent, obsessed and politically driven” in its campaign against religious slaughter, according to a group which works to protect kosher meat production.

Shechita UK said the BVA was guilty of “hypocrisy” in its efforts to highlight animal welfare.


Football club director charged by FA over ‘Yids’ remark

By Josh Jackman, February 20, 2015

A non-league football club’s director has resigned after being charged by the Football Association for calling Tottenham Hotspur “yids”.

Graham O’Callaghan, commercial manager of eighth-tier side Kendal Town, wrote on Facebook: “yes, Chelsea versus the yids cup final” in response to Spurs reaching the League Cup final.


Channel 4 asks if abusive Paris kippah walk was ‘provocative’

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2015

Channel 4 News has been criticised over an interview with an Israeli journalist who was filmed being abused as he walked around Paris wearing a kippah.

Journalist Zvika Klein, whose video went viral this week, told C4 that he felt “scared and frightened” after he faced verbal attacks in predominately Muslim neigbourhoods.


Anti-Israel demo closes Kent drone factory

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2015

Anti-Israel protesters have caused the temporary closure of a factory owned by a subsidiary of Israeli drone manufacturer Elbit Systems.

A group of 14 activists from anti-arms and pro-Palestinian organisations, including Brighton BDS and Swansea Action for Palestine, stopped production at the Kent factory of Instro Precision on Tuesday.


UK leaders reject Bibi aliyah call

By Naomi Firsht, February 19, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's call for mass aliyah has been rebutted by Jewish leaders in the UK.

Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman said: "We are very happy when Jews from any country settle in Israel. But they should not go out of fear.