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Anti-jihadist solidarity

By Rosa Doherty, August 21, 2014

A Jewish group has joined demonstrations highlighting the Islamic State threat facing minorities in Iraq.

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Wineman on Kedem

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 21, 2014

Cries of "the Jews killed Jesus" rang from the Kedem picket when Vivian Wineman visited on Wednesday.

The president of the Board of Deputies had come to Manchester to view for himself the ongoing protests outside the Israeli-owned cosmetic store and the barracking from the pro-Palestinian activists.

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Cinema boycott - take two

By Rosa Doherty, August 21, 2014

Two Israeli film-makers have been denied funding to attend a prestigious festival in Britain because of a boycott.

Yoav Hornung and Niv Shpigel have directed films due to be shown at the Encounters festival in Bristol in September. But neither will be able to attend the screenings because money offered by the Israeli embassy to pay for their travel has been rejected.

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London synagogue vandalised

By Rosa Doherty, August 21, 2014

Police are investigating an attack on a north London synagogue.

Vandals smashed a window at Cockfosters & North Southgate Synagogue. The shul's rabbi Daniel Epstein said the incident had saddened his congregation.

The shul has increased security under the advice of the Community Security Trust and police are examining the synagogue's CCTV recordings to assist in their investigations.

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'Sack Tricycle directors' call despite deal

By Marcus Dysch, August 21, 2014

The Tricycle Theatre should consider sacking directors who planned the boycott of the Jewish Film Festival, a senior figure close to the affair has argued.

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Sun, song and solidarity on south coast

By Daniel Easterman, August 21, 2014

Hundreds from across the country gathered in Brighton on Sunday, waving flags, holding placards and singing Hebrew songs in a national pro-Israel rally organised by Sussex Friends of Israel (SFI).

Police at the scene said there were 300-plus pro-Israel supporters at the event while SFI put the figure at 1,000.

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Belfast reeling after spate of hate attacks

By Marcus Dysch, August 21, 2014

Belfast's Jewish community is coming to terms with a series of antisemitic incidents that have followed demonstrations over Gaza.

The city's main Orthodox synagogue was attacked and had windows smashed on two consecutive nights at the height of the conflict last month.

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Ambassador turns Bradford Israeli

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 21, 2014

Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub has made a high-profile stand against George Galloway's call for Bradford to be an "Israeli-free zone".

Mr Taub visited the city this week to talk to councillors from the its three main political parties.

Mr Galloway, the Respect Party MP for Bradford West, responded on Twitter by accusing the councillors of welcoming a "mouthpiece for murder".

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Never again: Sainsbury's pledge over removing kosher food

By Marcus Dysch, August 21, 2014

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Sainsbury’s has said it will never again remove kosher products from its shelves.

The statement came after Jewish customers had responded furiously to food being hidden by the manager of a central London branch in expectation of a threat from anti-Israel activists.

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Ex-Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay accused over racist text messages

By Daniel Easterman, August 21, 2014

Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has been reported to the FA after a series of racist and homophobic text messages were found by police, according to the Daily Mail.

Referring to Jewish football agent Phil Smith, a text from his phone said: “Go on fat Phil. Nothing like a Jew that see money slipping through his fingers”.

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