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Labour NEC bans publication of Royall report into Oxford University Labour Club antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2016

Oxford University Labour Club is not institutionally antisemitic, but faces “difficulties” which must be addressed, an investigation has found.

Baroness Royall said she was making 11 recommendations for “immediate and sustained action” to the club regarding the complaints made against it, and a further seven issues will be raised with the Labour Party’s inquiry into antisemitism.

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Lord Sacks says Labour should expel Ken Livingstone

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2016

Lord Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi, has said Ken Livingstone should be sacked from the Labour Party following his comments about Hitler and Zionism.

Speaking in Israel, Lord Sacks called for a zero-tolerance approach to antisemitism.

Asked by the Jerusalem Post whether Mr Livingstone, the former Mayor of London, should be fired by the party, the rabbi replied: “Of course.”

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Only one in 10 Labour members believes party has an antisemitism problem, poll reveals

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2016

Almost half of all Labour members believe the party’s antisemitism crisis has been created by the media to attack Jeremy Corbyn, a new poll has revealed.

Asked what they made of the stories about Labour and antisemitism over the past few weeks, 49 per cent of party members felt the issue was a creation of the press, aimed at harming the leader.

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Middle East Minister plans Israel trip for Premier League club AFC Bournemouth

By Sandy Rashty, May 17, 2016

Tobias Ellwood, the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, has hailed the “important” relationship between the UK and Israel – adding that he intends to take his constituency’s football team AFC Bournemouth to visit the country.

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Middle East Minister plans Israel trip for Premier League club AFC Bournemouth

By Sandy Rashty, May 17, 2016

Tobias Ellwood, the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, has hailed the “important” relationship between the UK and Israel – adding that he intends to take his constituency’s football team AFC Bournemouth to visit the country.

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Tyson Fury ‘apologises’ for antisemitic rant

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2016

Tyson Fury, the world heavyweight boxing champion, has attempted to apologise for an antisemitic rant in an online video.

The Manchester-born fighter claimed Jews “own all the banks, all the papers, all the TV stations” during a question and answer session posted on YouTube earlier this month.

He claimed “media scrutiny” was partly to blame for his racist comments.

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Luciana Berger may run for Liverpool mayor

By Rosa Doherty, May 17, 2016

Luciana Berger has said she is considering running for mayor of Liverpool.

She seeks to replace the current mayor Joe Anderson for the Labour nomination for a new created Metro Mayor role – due to be elected in May 2017.

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Swastika and ‘SS’ symbol daubed on student homes

By Rosa Doherty, May 16, 2016

Students in Durham were shocked to discover antisemitic graffiti daubed on their doors this weekend.

According to a report in the Tab student newspaper, vandals drew swastikas and upside down crosses on doors of student accommodation, alongside the words “rape Ali” with an arrow pointing underneath.

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Charedi pair in critical condition after car crash responding to treatment

By Sandy Rashty, May 16, 2016

Two strictly Orthodox British men, who were in “critical” condition after a car crash in Hungary, were brought out of their induced comas this morning.

The yeshiva students, Yehuda Roittenbarg and Binyamin Cohen, from Stamford Hill, north London, have been in hospital in the city of Miskolc since the crash last Wednesday.

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Young donors are a concern, says Israel charity chief

By Sandy Rashty, May 16, 2016

British Jews do not have to choose between donating money to Israel and other causes, according to the head of the UK's largest pro-Israel charity.

Michael Wegier, UJIA chief executive, said the community had a responsibility to give to Israel causes as well as international charities and domestic groups.

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