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Scotland Yard reveals huge rise in antisemitic crime in London

By Rosa Doherty, January 21, 2015

Hate crimes against Jews in London have more than doubled, according to the latest figures from Scotland Yard.

The statistics showed there were 299 hate crimes against Jewish people between the start of April and the end of December.

That represented a rise of 128 per cent on the same period in 2013, when there were 131 hate crimes.


Majority of UK Jews have not noticed increased security

By Marcus Dysch and Rosa Doherty, January 21, 2015

Increased security measures around Jewish community buildings and organisations in the wake of the Paris attacks have gone largely unnoticed, according to a poll conducted for the JC.

Despite the ongoing, unprecedented level of cooperation between police forces and Jewish security groups, the expanded patrols appear not to have registered with the community.


JC poll reveals most Jews feel government not doing enough to combat hate

By Marcus Dysch, January 21, 2015

More than half of British Jews say the government is not doing enough to combat antisemitism in Britain.

Asked whether the government was doing “all it can” to combat antisemitism in the UK, 33 per cent said it was.

But according to this week’s JC Survation poll, 55 per cent say the coalition “should be doing more”. The remaining 12 per cent said they did not know.


Shimon Peres to be guest of honour at London dinner

By Marcus Dysch, January 21, 2015

Shimon Peres will be the guest speaker at the Zionist Federation’s gala dinner in London in May.

The former Israeli president will be honoured by the charity with a special tribute night in front of an expected 1,000 diners.

Mr Peres, who retired as Israel’s head of state in July last year, has not spoken in Britain since 2008.


Police move to calm fears after false alarm over Golders Green car

By Sandy Rashty, January 21, 2015

Security groups have called on the London Jewish community to remain calm after a false alarm was raised on social media and neighbourhood forums over “men” behaving suspiciously.

Yesterday afternoon, messages were circulated calling on the community to report a car seen in a Jewish area of north-west London to police, including anti-terrorism officers.


JCoSS headteacher seeks to reassure parents over school security

By Rosa Doherty, January 20, 2015

The headteacher of the Jewish Community Secondary School, JCoSS, has moved to reassure parents over security measures taken in the wake of the Paris attacks.

In a letter, Patrick Moriarty, wrote: “Such events have naturally raised anxiety levels about security in this country, and I seek to reassure you that we have kept these issues under regular review.


Mid East debate cancelled over campus security fears

By Josh Jackman, January 20, 2015

A debate on the Israel-Palestinian conflict at York University has been cancelled due to security fears.

The session, scheduled for Tuesday, would have featured a speech and questions and answers with former Labour councillor Luke Akehurst, who is also director of the campaign group We Believe in Israel.


Holocaust survivors Ben Helfgott and Sabina Miller given the Freedom of the City of London honour

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

Two Holocaust survivors have been granted the Freedom of the City of the London.

Ben Helfgott and Sabina Miller received the honour today for their work with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

Polish-born Mr Helfgott said he was grateful to the City of London Corporation for the award.


British Library puts Holocaust survivors’ testimony online

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

The British Library has launched an online collection of Holocaust survivor testimonies to mark Holocaust Memorial Day this month.

The ‘Jewish Survivors of the Holocaust’ project, which was funded by the Pears Foundation and the Brian and Jill Moss Charitable Trust, gives readers access to 289 audio interviews with survivors living in Britain.


Israeli cyber security experts to promote UK trade ties

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

A delegation of Israeli cyber security companies will travel to London next month in a bid to further bilateral trade ties.

Representatives from 10 leading companies, which specialise in the protection of national infrastructure from water to energy and transportation, will meet UK counterparts on the three day visit from February 3.