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Cuts leave Charedi children in poverty

By Simon Rocker, March 31, 2011

The strictly Orthodox community is facing a rise in child poverty as a result of benefit cuts and lack of secular education for boys in its schools, according to a new report.

With the economic downturn and government spending cuts, it says: "The alarm bells should be ringing loudly".

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'Too unkempt': Shomer battles US beard police

By Simon Rocker, March 31, 2011

The United Synagogue is being sued for religious discrimination by a former kosher supervisor who, apparently, is claiming there were objections to his beard.

Jonathan Abrahams, 58, who lives in Stamford Hill, north London, was made redundant as a full-time shomer with the organisation's kashrut division over a year ago.

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Minister asks Belfast Festival for balance

March 31, 2011

Northern Ireland's Culture Minister Nelson McCausland asked for a "pro-Israel" speaker at this year's Belfast Festival, to compensate for the withdrawal of an invitation to Professor Geoffrey Alderman last year.

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BBC backs down on its Fogel coverage

By Jennifer Lipman, March 31, 2011

The BBC has admitted that the horrific murders of the Fogel family last month should have been covered on their 24 hour news channel.

The massacre, in which a three-month-old baby was decapitated and her siblings' throats were slashed, did not appear anywhere across the BBC's television channels, and was mentioned only briefly on the broadcaster's news website.

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New street tailor-made for Gerald Cross

By Jessica Elgot, March 31, 2011

A tailor who lived in the East End for more than 40 years is to have a street named after him - in Gloucestershire.

Gerald Cross died in 2008, aged 80, having moved his tailoring business from Stepney to Cirencester in the Cotswolds. Hearing that a new housing development in the town was to have streets named after local businessmen, his son Joel, 39, nominated him.

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Trustee fury over Jewish Music Institute boycott

By Jessica Elgot, March 31, 2011

A trustee of the Jewish Music Institute has expressed his anger and frustration that the organisation turned down Israeli funding for a conference under pressure from boycotters.

David Mencer, a former director of the Labour Friends of Israel, attacked JMI's "appalling lack of judgment and moral character in distancing itself from Israel."

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Voice of hope in UK Muslims for Israel

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

The latest pro-Israel advocacy group emanates from an unlikely source, but is dedicated to turning the tables on the delegitimisation campaign.

British Muslims for Israel aims to challenge perceptions within the Muslim community about life in the country, according to one of its founders, Hasan Afzal.

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Airline strike 'like Kristallnacht' claim

By Robyn Rosen, March 31, 2011

A British Airways steward has compared a dispute with the airline with Kristallnacht.

The comments were made on Victoria Derbyshire's programme on BBC Radio 5 Live on Tuesday when guests discussed new strike action by British Airways staff.

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Protests drive Ahava out of Covent Garden

By Robyn Rosen, March 31, 2011

The UK branch of Israeli cosmetics store, Ahava, is moving from its central London shop after years of pro-Palestinian demonstrations.

Protesters claim that the products sold in the store are manufactured in a factory in Israeli settlement, Mitzpe Shalom in the West Bank but are "misleadingly" labelled as produced in Israel.

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'Stop the JNF' campaign relaunched

March 31, 2011

A campaign which calls the JNF "racist" and "colonialist" has been revived this week.

Stop The JNF was relaunched on "Palestinian Land Day" as part of a day of action organised by the BDS movement to commemorate the deaths of six Palestinian activists during marches in 1976. The group hopes to get the charitable status of JNF revoked, a tactic already rejected by the Charity Commission.

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