UK news

Cameron's JNF split: it was Israel

By Robyn Rosen, June 2, 2011

Downing Street has changed its explanation for David Cameron's resignation as honorary patron of JNF.

Mr Cameron is now the first British prime minister not to be patron of the charity in the 110 years of its existence.

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Death of Stoke Jewish leader

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

The president of the Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Synagogue has died.

Sydney Morris, who was in his mid 80s, spent nearly 30 years at the helm of the small community but saw it diminish from a congregation of 175 families to just two dozen members.

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Car hooligans sentenced

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 2, 2011

Two men who sped their car around north Manchester Jewish neighbourhoods, screaming hard-core antisemitic abuse, have escaped jail terms and received community orders.

Aaron Hanson, 20, pleaded guilty on May 9 to racially-aggravated intentional harassment, while Liam Martin, 21, admitted to intentional harassment. They risked prison terms after two witnesses testified against them.

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Manchester Jews will march in city parade

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 2, 2011

Manchester's Jewish community will be represented at the city centre Manchester Day Parade with a giant chanuciah after missing out on the inaugural parade last year.

Jewish Representative Council president Lucille Cohen complained that Manchester Jews would be forgotten if they did not take part in the carnival

event which attracted 50,000 people last June.

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Bury re-enactment: still there were Nazis

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 2, 2011

A Holocaust survivor said she was "burning inside" after Nazi impersonators wore SS uniforms in front of hundreds of people at a wartime re-enactment event last weekend.

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Coldplay at bay after backing Palestine single

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

Anti-Israel activists bombarded Coldplay's official Facebook page with messages of Palestinian solidarity this week after the British band backed the musicians behind a song about Israeli "injustice" and human rights abuses.

On Wednesday the band alerted fans to the Freedom for Palestine single and posted a link to its website.

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Conservative MPs meet Sderot teenagers

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

A group of MPs visited Israel to learn more about security issues and British-Israeli trade links as part of a trip organised by Conservative Friends of Israel.

The six Conservative Party politicians, including government whip Chloe Smith, Cannock Chase MP Aidan Burley and South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler, travelled around the country including to the southern town of Sderot.

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Memorial to Holocaust hero goes missing

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2011

A plaque celebrating the heroism of an MI6 agent who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust has gone missing.

During the Second World War Major Frank Foley, who died in 1958, posed as a passport control officer at the British Embassy in Berlin.

Under this guise he was able to forge passports and acquire visas to help 10,000 German Jews escape the Nazis.

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UCU antisemitism motion passes

By Martin Bright, May 30, 2011

The Universities and Colleges Union has voted to distance itself from the European Union's working definition of antisemitism at its annual congress in Harrogate.

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Trevor Phillips: UCU should have contacted me first

May 27, 2011

Trevor Phillips, Chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, today said he was "surprised" at the failure of the UCU to introduce its motion on the definition of antisemitism "without consulting the EHRC" at all.

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