UK news

People to choose chief rabbi?

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 20, 2011

A prominent Manchester rabbi has said that the Jewish public must have the ultimate vote in choosing a chief rabbi but candidates must also be vetted first by "competent" rabbis.

Rabbi Yossi Chazan, of the Holy Law South Broughton Synagogue, said common sense demanded that if the chief rabbi were to represent the community, "he has to come from the people."

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How to win friends in Ireland

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

Belfast's Jewish community may be shrinking, but the city has become the base for one of Britain's fastest-growing and most successful Israel advocacy groups.

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Community chest now back on the agenda

By Simon Rocker, May 19, 2011

Charity leaders are considering plans to set up a £5 million community chest to finance small organisations at risk in the tough economic climate, as well as to support solidarity events with Israel and respond to political crises.

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Academics may redefine antisemitism

By Simon Rocker, May 19, 2011

The union which represents British academics has been accused of "hurting Jews" by proposing to reject a widely-used definition of antisemitism on the grounds that it stifles debate on Israel.

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Dundee backtracks on Israel boycott

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011

Dundee councillors will vote on whether to condemn Israel at a meeting next month. but a more extreme resolution, which called for a full boycott of Israeli goods, has been blocked by council legal officers.

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ZF to lead aliyah push

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011

The Zionist Federation hopes to launch its first campaign encouraging British Jews to make aliyah, historically promoted by the Jewish Agency.

Last year JA chair Natan Sharansky announced last year that he hoped the JA would make "Jewish peoplehood" its main aim rather than aliyah .

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New coalition feels let down by community

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011

One of the founders of a new umbrella group for pro-Israel groups has claimed that non-Jews often feel excluded from advocacy activities, and have been "let down" by established pro-Israel groups.

Sam Westrop, who co-ordinates the new British-Israel Coalition, said the new organisation aimed to better co-ordinate pro-Israel advocacy in the UK.

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Jersey Senator reels from racist abuse

By Robyn Rosen, May 19, 2011

Jersey's planning minister has been bombarded with a series of antisemitic messages and a death threat.

Senator Freddie Cohen, the former president of Jersey's 65-family Jewish community, has received "extremely antisemitic" messages on his mobile phone and on a blog site earlier this month, including one death threat towards him and his family.

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Help Jews in Yemen asks MP

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

The government has been asked to look at what steps can be taken to help Yemeni Jews escape the Middle East and settle in Britain.

Mike Freer, MP for Finchley and Golders Green, raised the plight of around 70 Jews in the Arabian peninsula during Home Office questions in the Commons.

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Students shun Amnesty over anti-Israel event

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

Dozens of Amnesty International student activists are expected to cut links with the organisation over its decision to host a controversial anti-Israel event.

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