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Grynhaus faces retrial as jury in stalemate

March 19, 2015

A Jewish teacher accused of sexual assaults on two schoolgirls is facing a retrial after a jury failed to reach a verdict.

Jurors were discharged by the trial judge on Monday after admitting they were unable to agree on the case of father-of-10 Todros Grynhaus, following almost three days of deliberation.

Mr Grynhaus, 50, is alleged to have molested the girls when they were between the ages

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Anger as Merkel fails to respond over Duggan

By Rosa Doherty, March 19, 2015

The Board of Deputies has criticised the German Chancellor Angela Merkel for ignoring a letter requesting an independent investigation into the death of Jeremiah Duggan.

Mr Duggan was 22 when he was found dead on the roadside in the town of Wiesbaden in 2003 after attending a youth event organised by Larouche, widely regarded as a cult-like group.

The original police investigation concluded

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Married and renting - report reveals the state of Jewish households

By Simon Rocker, March 19, 2015

British Jewry may be growing poorer with a decline in home ownership and a rise in people renting accommodation, according to a report published this week.

Home ownership among Jews in England and Wales fell from 77 per cent of households to 73 per cent over the past decade. Jews are still more likely to own their homes than the general population, where the figure is 64 per cent.

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Opponents agree over shechita

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

Representatives of all the main political parties except Ukip voiced their opposition to a boycott of Israel and a ban on shechita at a Board of Deputies hustings.

Conservative cabinet minister Sajid Javid joined figures from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party in telling the audience of 100 deputies that the government must maintain the rights of the Jewish community.

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Coroner row escalates

By Simon Rocker, March 19, 2015

Representatives of London's strictly Orthodox community have dismissed claims of hounding a coroner in a long-running dispute over autopsies.

Mary Hassell, senior coroner for Inner North London, was reported by the Mail on Sunday to have written to Camden Council asking for protection from "bullying, intimidation and the threat of violence".

Twice last year the relatives of elderly Orthodox

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Southampton conference - should Zionists take part?

March 19, 2015

YES - says Geoffrey Alderman

On April 17 I shall be making a presentation to a gathering of academics convened under the auspices of the University of Southampton. There is nothing remarkable about this. The core purpose of a university is to pursue the truth and the core methods by which truth is pursued are dialogue and disputation.

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Israel activists plan protest at university

By Naomi Firsht, March 19, 2015

The University of Southampton is said to be reviewing its position over the conference it is due to host on the legitimacy of Israel.

Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman met the university's vice-chancellor, Professor Don Nutbeam, on Wednesday to discuss concerns that the three-day event would be a vehicle for anti-Zionists to challenge Israel's existence.

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Farage: ban isn't our policy

By Marcus Dysch, March 19, 2015

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has again attempted to distance himself from his party officials' plans to ban shechita.

Speaking on the BBC's Daily Politics show on Tuesday, Mr Farage said he had never wavered in his support for religious slaughter.

Last month Ukip's national executive committee (NEC) adopted a policy which would ban non-stun slaughter.

Mr Farage said: "I never U-turned.

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Israelfest draws Facebook hate

By Rosa Doherty, March 19, 2015

Organisers of a pro-Israel conference say they are "shocked by the foul, antisemitic abuse" left on their Facebook page.

A post advertising the We Believe in Israel conference, which is due to take place in London on Sunday, has been the target for a "torrent" of hate, they said.

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NUS 'can't police student unions'

By Naomi Firsht, March 19, 2015

The president of the National Union of Students has said she is unable to act to control student unions whose debates on the legitimacy of Israel and Israel boycotts have led to Jewish students feeling intimidated on campus.

Toni Pearce said that because student unions were independent bodies, the NUS could not "police them and cannot impose sanctions even if we are unhappy with what they are

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