UK news

Pro-Palestinian lawyer will defend Anglican vicar Reverend Sizer

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2013

An Anglican vicar facing a Church of England disciplinary process has sought the help of a lawyer who has a history of defending anti-Israel activists and is a long-standing supporter of pro-Palestinian groups.

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Community politics are not ghetto politics

By Martin Bright, January 10, 2013

One of the first meetings I had when I took the job as political editor of the JC was with the Board of Deputies of British Jews. The chief executive and president were curious to know why a gentile had taken the job and who I believed I was writing for. At the time, I thought this a rather peculiar question as I thought one clue at least lay in the title of the newspaper.

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Ban on non-Jewish names on graves

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2013

Relatives of a Leeds man who died from cancer have expressed outrage after their synagogue refused to allow his sons’ names to be engraved on the headstone.

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Words and music of being Jewish

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

Submissions for our Jewish identity project with JW3, the Jewish Community Centre for London, on what being Jewish means to you have continued to fill up our inbox.

The plan is to bury a time-capsule of people’s 50-word testimonies in the grounds of the new building in Swiss Cottage on March 6.

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How Israel leads world in sex trade fight

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2013

Britain is being urged to look to Israel for lessons in how to combat human trafficking and rehabilitate victims.

Labour MP Frank Field and former Conservative MP Anthony Steen are among those praising Israel for making trafficking “a priority issue”, prosecuting perpetrators to such an extent that shelters that were once full of trafficked Eastern European women are now empty of them.

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Oxfam project in chaos after secret meeting

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2013

Chaos surrounds the Board of Deputies’ proposed project with Oxfam after a secret meeting aimed at rescuing the plan, which has drawn huge opposition from some deputies, ended unresolved.

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Joshua Rowe’s Israel advocacy guide

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2013

A philanthropist has published a handbook of information for Israel advocates in an attempt to improve the British public’s view of the country.

Joshua Rowe, chairman of governors at Manchester’s King David School, has collated the 13-page document and plans to give it away free to school pupils and students who want to learn more about Israel.

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Hendon named key election 2015 battleground by Labour

By Jennifer Lipman, January 8, 2013

Hendon has been pinpointed as a key battleground constituency by the Labour Party as Britain marks the halfway point between the 2010 and 2015 election.

The north London constituency was won by Conservative Matthew Offord at the last general election. Mr Offord triumphed over his rival, Andrew Dismore, by just 103 votes.

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Amy Winehouse death due to alcohol poisoning

By Jennifer Lipman, January 8, 2013

A second inquest has confirmed that singer Amy Winehouse died from accidental alcohol poisoning.

The musician, who was found dead in her Camden home at the age of 27, died in July 2011.

An inquest the following October revealed the cause of death to be "misadventure" and accidental alcohol poisoning.

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Our Jewish identity art contest

January 6, 2013

As part of our drive to encourage younger members of the community to take part in the wider Jewish identity project, we are delighted to be launching an art competition for primary schools.

Pupils should answer the same question: “What does being Jewish mean to you?”

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