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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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The Syrian Assad who likes Jews and Israel

By Simon Round, March 29, 2012

The first cousin of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has welcomed the possibility of a future democratic Syria making peace with Israel.

Ribal al-Assad, 36, whose father is the exiled former vice-president Rifaat al-Assad, said in an interview with the JC that most Syrians were interested primarily in peace and prosperity.

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Shake-up in women's role

By Jessica Elgot, March 29, 2012

Change is needed to shake up Jewish organisations which court their potential board members on the golf course, to allow women better access to lay leadership.

That was the audience consensus at open meetings organised by the Commission on Women in Jewish Leadership.

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Universities say no to hate speakers

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2012

Anti-extremism campaigners were celebrating a string of victories at UK universities this week.

Muslim speaker Sheikh Assim Al Hakim, known for his radical views on homosexuality, was barred from three campuses in a matter of days.

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Don't write us off, we have something to say

By Simon Rocker, March 29, 2012

British Jewry needs a more imaginative approach to its growing ranks of senior citizens which goes beyond care for the most vulnerable, according to a new report.

Instead, it should do more to encourage older people to take part in community activities and find opportunities for personal growth.

"The Jewish community has twice the number of people aged over 60 compared to the general populat

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