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Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies safe after fire

By Lianne Kolirin, August 17, 2016

A large fire broke out at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies last week.

Firefighters were called to the Clarendon Institute on Walton Street, which is part of Oxford University, at 1.45pm on Thursday. Oxford Fire and Rescue Service sent four crews and a hydraulic platform to the scene.

The street was completely closed to traffic as smoke billowed across the area.

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Radical cleric Anjem Choudary convicted of swearing allegiance to Daesh

By Lianne Kolirin, August 16, 2016

Controversial Islamic preacher Anjem Choudary has been convicted of supporting Daesh.

The 49-year-old radical cleric backed the terrorist organisation in a series of talks posted on YouTube, a trial at the Old Bailey heard.

The verdict was delivered on July 28, but for legal reasons can only now be reported.

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Nazi comparison was 'inflammatory', Board of Deputies tells Jewish Labour backer

By Lianne Kolirin, August 16, 2016

Labour donor Michael Foster has been criticised by the Board of Deputies for comparing Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters to “stormtroopers”.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday last weekend, Mr Foster – whose family has donated more than £400,000 to the party – slammed the Labour leader’s allies for threatening and intimidating opponents.

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92 per cent of Jewish Labour Movement back Owen Smith for party leadership

By Daniel Sugarman, August 15, 2016

The Jewish Labour Movement has nominated Owen Smith for the Labour leadership by a landslide.

Some 92 per cent of the members voted for the Welsh MP who is challenging Jeremy Corbyn.

The organisation balloted its members last week, with just under 59 per cent of eligible members taking part.

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MPs get free lessons in krav maga after Jo Cox killing

By JC Reporter, August 14, 2016

Krav maga, the self-defence technique used by the Israeli army, is being taught to MPs in the wake of the killing of Jo Cox.

Two MPs and 18 aides attended the first training session in Westminster last week.

The free lessons are being offered following the fatal attack on Ms Cox, who was stabbed and shot outside her constituency office.

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Shechita group happy to supply kosher slaughter figures to food watchdog

By JC Reporter, August 14, 2016

Pro-shechita campaigners have confirmed they will carry on providing the Food Standards Agency with the number of animals slaughtered for kosher meat after the FSA announced it would no longer collect its own figures.

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Bullying Corbyn supporters are like 'stormtroopers', says Jewish Labour donor

By JC Reporter, August 14, 2016

Michael Foster, the Jewish Labour donor who launched a legal challenge against Jeremy Corbyn, has said he has been accused by supporters of the party leader of using false claims of antisemitism to smear left-wingers.

Mr Foster, whose family has donated over £400,000 to the party, described Mr Corbyn’s allies as resembling “stormtroopers” who threatened and intimidated opponents.

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Zoe De Toledo guides Team GB to silver in Rio rowing final

By JC Reporter, August 13, 2016

Zoe De Toledo steered Britain’s women’s eight to an historic silver medal in Saturday’s rowing final at the Rio Olympics.

The cox urged her crew to a second place finish behind reigning champions the USA, who were strong favourites.

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Judge who ruled in Labour membership appeal challenged over being a "Zionist"

By JC Reporter, August 13, 2016

Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn have suggested that the judge in the Labour membership case may have been influenced by his "Zionist" background.

Lord Justice Jack Beatson ruled in the Court of Appeal on Friday that Labour had the right to block new members from voting in the leadership contest between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith.

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TK Maxx withdraws ‘Nazi-style’ t-shirt from sale

By Rosa Doherty, August 12, 2016

Leading retailer TK Maxx has apologised for selling a t-shirt with lightning bolts resembling the Nazi SS symbol.

TK Maxx removed the t-shirts – featuring the symbols on top of a circle – today.

The tops had been on sale in UK stores.

A spokesman said: “At TK Maxx we take product matters very seriously and appreciate that this t-shirt was brought to our attention.

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