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Jewish Community Centre in hunt for new chief exec

April 4, 2012

The Jewish Community Centre for London is to seek a chief executive to work alongside incumbent Nick Viner, it has been announced. Mr Viner, who joined the JCC in 2005, will stay on with the organisation until the opening of the newly-built community centre, scheduled to open in autumn 2013.

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Cameron: Toulouse a reminder Pesach search for freedom not over

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

The Prime Minister has sent his wishes to British Jews for a "very happy and peaceful Pesach".

David Cameron, speaking just over a fortnight after an Islamist gunman murdered three children and a rabbi outside the Ozar Hatorah Jewish School in France, noted that the festival marked the "release from slavery and the liberation of a people from tyranny".

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Ed Miliband lookalike tweeter loses PCC appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

A Twitter user and former professional Ed Miliband lookalike who was alleged to have posted antisemitic and threatening messages has lost his appeal to the Press Complaints Commission.

Shereef Abdallah went to the watchdog after details of tirades against Jewish or pro-Israel users, made under his name, were revealed in the Jewish Chronicle and three other newspapers in January.

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Mayoral candidates offered Manifesto for Jewish London

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

The London Jewish Forum has listed its priorities with a month to go before residents vote on the capital's next mayor.

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Students honoured at UJS awards ceremony

By Jennifer Lipman, April 2, 2012

The president of the LSE Jewish Society was honoured for his efforts challenging antisemitism on campus at the Union of Jewish Students awards.

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Students honoured at UJS awards ceremony

By Jennifer Lipman, April 2, 2012

The president of the LSE Jewish Society was honoured for his efforts challenging antisemitism on campus at the Union of Jewish Students awards.

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Emma Thompson backs Israel boycott for Shakespeare festival

By Jennifer Lipman, April 2, 2012

British Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson has added her name to a list of high-profile figures in the arts world calling on the Globe Theatre to cancel its invitation to an Israeli company to next month's Cultural Olympiad event.

Israel's national theatre company, Habima, was invited to stage one of 37 Shakespeare plays in foreign languages as part of the Globe to Globe festival.

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George Galloway defeats Labour to become Bradford Respect MP

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2012

Anti-Israel campaigner George Galloway has won a seat in parliament.

The Respect Party candidate won 10,000 more votes than Labour in the Bradford West by-election.

He described his win of nearly 56 per cent of the vote as "the most sensational result in British by-election history bar none".

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MP needs police protection after threats from anti-Israel activists

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2012

A Conservative MP who backs the two-state solution was forced to remove details of his constituency surgeries and contact information from his website after being bombarded with abusive messages and death threats from anti-Israel activists.

Henley MP John Howell expressed his gratitude for the messages of support he has been sent after the issue was highlighted by the Zionist Federation.

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Galloway's 'personal' campaign for Bradford criticised by Labour

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2012

Labour has accused the Respect Party of resorting to "the desperate approach of making personal attacks" on its Muslim candidate in today's Bradford West by-election.

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