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Board man who blasted 'unaccountable' JLC forced to make humiliating apology

By Simon Rocker, March 1, 2012

The senior vice-president of the Board of Deputies, Jonathan Arkush, who launched an outspoken attack on the Jewish Leadership Council a week ago, this week made a public apology.

In a letter circulated to deputies by the Board, Mr Arkush said that he accepted his remarks were "inappropriate". He blamed them on being "unwell".


Tonge resigns from Liberal Democrats after Israel controversy

By Marcus Dysch, February 29, 2012

Baroness Tonge has resigned from the Liberal Democrats following anti-Israel comments she made at an Israel Apartheid Week event.

She rejected an ultimatum from party leader Nick Clegg to apologise for the remarks and will no longer sit on the party's benches in the House of Lords.


Police to probe Tonge's Israel Apartheid Week rant

By Marcus Dysch, February 29, 2012

Police are investigating comments made at the Israel Apartheid Week event attended by Liberal Democrat peer Jenny Tonge, the JC can reveal.

Officers are reviewing remarks made by former US marine Ken O'Keefe following allegations that he incited racial hatred when comparing Jewish audience members to Nazis.


Call for Clegg to act after Tonge's latest Israel rant

By Marcus Dysch, February 29, 2012

The Liberal Democrats have distanced themselves from comments made by party peer Jenny Tonge during an Israel Apartheid Week event.

Speaking to an audience at Middlesex University's Free Palestine Society she said Israel would "not last forever".

"Israel will lose support and then they will reap what they have sown," she added.


St Andrews student convicted of anti-Jewish abuse plans appeal

By Marcus Dysch, February 29, 2012

A student convicted of racially abusing a Jewish student at St Andrews University has launched an appeal.

Paul Donnachie, of Blackpool, was sentenced to 150 hours of community service last September after being found guilty of the attack on Chanan Reitblat at his halls of residence.

The hearing will take place at Edinburgh's High Court of Criminal Appeal on March 13.


Conservative Party delays release of report into Burley 'Nazi stag party'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2012

The findings of the Conservative Party's report into the conduct of MP Aidan Burley will not be made public this week, despite an earlier pledge that the report would be released by the end of February.


Hamas supporter Azzam Tamimi to speak on London campus

By Jennifer Lipman, February 24, 2012

An inflammatory Palestinian academic who has said he "takes pride in being a terrorist" is due to address students at a London university on Tuesday.

Dr Azzam Tamimi, who has expressed his wish to be a "martyr" and stated that "Israel must come to an end" has been invited by the Queen Mary University Palestine Solidarity Society.


Lorna Fitzsimons resigns as Bicom chief executive

By Jennifer Lipman, February 24, 2012

The chief executive of the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre is to step down after nearly six years in the role.

Lorna Fitzsimons, who served as a Labour MP for Rochdale for eight years before joining Bicom, is leaving to pursue other opportunities.


Eggthrowers charged

February 23, 2012

Four men have been charged following a spate of alleged "drive-by" egg-throwing attacks which targeted Jews.

The charges follow the incidents in December last year in Hendon and Golders Green, north west London, when eggs were allegedly thrown from passing vehicles at religious Jews walking in the areas.

Mohammed Khalfia and Mohammed Jawad, both of Wembley, Haider Al-Fardan, of Kingsbury, an


New police appeal over Leeds murder

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 23, 2012

Police have appealed for information to crack the unsolved murder of a millionaire Jewish businessman, eight years after his death.

West Yorkshire Police believe local criminals have information about who killed John Luper at his mansion in the heart of the Leeds Jewish community during a brutal raid in February 2004.

The 57-year-old, whose consultancy represented sports figures such as Thie