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The Siege not anti-Israel, says communal leader

By Naomi Firsht, May 15, 2015

A Jewish communal leader has dampened down concerns over a Palestinian play feared to be anti-Israel .

Sharon Bannister, president of the Manchester Jewish Representative Council, was present as The Siege began its UK tour this week.

The play focuses on an episode during the Second Intifada and has led one Jewish group to claim that it glorifies violence against Israel.


JCoSS sent pupils home early over muck-up day concern

By Josh Jackman, May 15, 2015

JCoSS placed its students on early study leave last week to avoid potential misbehaviour arising from a pre-GCSE “muck-up” day.


'Lack of clarity' over level of UK antisemitism, says new report

By Simon Rocker, May 15, 2015

The extent of antisemitism in the UK is hard to gauge because there is a lack of accurate data, according to the Jewish community’s main think tank.


Grynhaus jury told to reach unanimous verdict

By JC Reporter, May 15, 2015

The judge in the trial of Todros Grynhaus has told the jury only an unanimous verdict will be accepted.

The panel have begun their deliberations after two weeks of evidence.


Pro-Israel flyers handed out before intifada play

By Naomi Firsht, May 14, 2015

Pro-Israel groups plan to hand out flyers at theatres across the country as part of a “counterbalance” campaign in response to the Palestinian play The Siege.

The production, by the West Bank’s Freedom Theatre, focuses on the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where dozens of suspected Palestinian terrorists hid during the Second Intifada in 2002.


Scots are uneasy after SNP's landslide

By Josh Jackman, May 14, 2015

The Scottish National Party's almost-clean sweep of seats in the country has led to "nervousness" among Scottish Jews, community leaders have said.

The SNP has previously expressed pro-Palestinian views and supported proposals for an arms embargo on Israel. It won 56 of the 59 Scottish constituencies, leaving the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats each with one seat.


Peer and van man who are set to be Cameron's key figures

By Marcus Dysch, May 14, 2015

They may have very different political styles, but two Jewish Tories will be among the most influential figures steering the Conservative Party.

One is David Cameron's Oxford University contemporary and tennis partner, the other is the champion of so-called White Can Conservatism.


Tories show true colours now Lib Dems are gone

By Marcus Dysch, May 14, 2015

David Cameron has appointed a series of Jewish politicians to his first fully Conservative government.

The unveiling of the new ministerial positions this week means there are more Jews around the cabinet table than at any time since Margaret Thatcher's Tory administrations of the 1980s.


Film festival 'will never return to the Tricycle'

By Sandy Rashty, May 14, 2015

The UK Jewish Film Festival will not return to the Tricycle Theatre, despite the venue's public apology for boycotting the event, the JC understands.

A source close to festival organisers said the apology had not gone far enough and had been motivated by financial concerns.


'Insular community is ignoring plight of refugees'

By Rosa Doherty, May 14, 2015

The Jewish community has become too insular and turned its back on refugees and asylum seekers, according to a leading anti-racism campaigner.