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North-West London rabbis issue statement against Halpern

By Simon Rocker, December 7, 2012

The controversy over the Golders Green rabbi accused of inappropriate behaviour with women deepened yesterday as five rabbis released a statement against him.

Rabbi Chaim Halpern resigned two weeks ago as a dayan of the Union of the Orthodox Hebrew Congregations over complaints about his counselling sessions with women but remains as head of a congregation he runs in his home.

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Tory MP casts doubt on Israel's future

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2012

Conservative MP Zac Goldsmith has expressed doubt about Israel's prospects, telling a group of young Jewish leaders from the educational group Ort that he would be nervous to place a bet on the future of the Jewish state.

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Drogba denies backing Israel soccer boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2012

Big name footballers including ex-Chelsea player Didier Drogba are vehemently denying that they backed a call for Uefa to strip Israel of hosting the European Under-21 Championship.

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Joey Barton weighs in on middle-east conflict

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2012

Footballer Joey Barton has encouraged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to “sit down and man up” to end the conflict.

Writing in the Big Issue, the Queen’s Park Rangers midfielder, currently on-loan to French side Marseille, claimed Israel did not have the right to defend itself simply “because a book said so”.

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United Synagogue undecided on Chief Rabbi successor

By Simon Rocker, December 6, 2012

United Synagogue rabbis are concerned about the delay in appointing a chief rabbi to succeed Lord Sacks next autumn.

It is two years since Lords Sacks’s planned retirement was announced and more than a year since the Chief Rabbinate Trust officially launched the recruitment process.

The question of the succession was discussed at a meeting of the Rabbinical Council of the US on Monday.

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Beth Din trying Rabbi Chaim Halpern is ‘planning a whitewash’

By Simon Rocker, December 6, 2012

After weeks of silence, the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations has announced that it will convene a special rabbinic court to hear claims against one of its rabbis of inappropriate behaviour with women.

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Anti-Israel activist Carole Swords wins appeal

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2012

A veteran anti-Israel campaigner has been cleared of hitting a Jewish man during a boycott protest.

Carole Swords, former chair of Tower Hamlets Respect Party, successfully appealed against a public order offence conviction which followed the pair clashing in a Tesco Metro store.

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Walk-outs over ‘Islamophobia’ at antisemitism symposium

By Zoe Winograd, December 6, 2012

A seminar meant to highlight problems in dealing with antisemitism ran into trouble when audience members walked out — alleging Islamophobia on the part of some speakers.

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University students quit after ‘toxic’ antisemitism in Edinburgh

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2012

Anti-Israel incidents at Scottish universities have contributed to Jewish students quitting their courses in despair, it was claimed this week.

Attacks have created a “toxic atmosphere” in which Jewish students no longer feel comfortable, a delegation of community representatives told senior Edinburgh University officials.

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MacKenzie: anti-Israel coverage is ‘a form of proxy for antisemitism’

By Sandy Rashty, December 6, 2012

Former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie has suggested that hostile media coverage of Israel is “a form of proxy for antisemitism by journalists in the West.”

Speaking to the JC at the annual dinner for the charity, Emunah, he said that he was “puzzled” by the anti-Israel stance generally adopted in the British media.

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