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Facebook pledge to tackle cyber-bullying

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2012

Facebook and Google have agreed to form a group to tackle online bullying and hate attacks.

The companies pledged to be more open about how they combat cyber-bullying and online offences, and will work with members of the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism’s task force on internet hate.

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BBC defends 'Jewish lobby' interview

By Simon Rocker, May 17, 2012

The BBC has defended an interview with controversial American Jewish academic Norman Finkelstein in which the presenter referred to “the Jewish lobby”.

Three complaints have so far been received by the corporation about the Hardtalk programme broadcast on the News Channel last week.

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Amnesty boss attacked over Israel claims

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2012

An Amnesty International director’s claim that she had not received complaints about the charity’s work with Israelis and Palestinians has been disputed by the Zionist Federation.

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Manchester health trust 'Israel boycott' faces legal challenge

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 17, 2012

The NHS trust that bowed to a union's Israel boycott and cancelled an Israeli speaker is likely to face legal action for breaking anti-discrimination law.

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Camden Council giving al-Qaeda group freedom to preach

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2012

A leading local authority has refused to sever its links to a group which promotes the ideology of Osama bin Laden at a taxpayer-funded centre and encourages young Muslims to prepare for jihad.

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Six charged over Facebook abuse of Giffnock Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, May 16, 2012

Police in Glasgow have charged six people over the creation of antisemitic Facebook page that mocked the Jewish community of Giffnock.

The page, which attracted nearly 1,000 "likes" while it remained live, was called "Welcome to Israel, only kidding you're in Giffnock".

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Dictator star Sacha Baron Cohen enjoys London premiere

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2012

Sacha Baron Cohen walked the red carpet last night dressed as his alter-ego, Admiral General Aladeen, for the London world premiere of his latest film "The Dictator".

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Death of ex- JC junior page editor

By Sandy Rashty, May 10, 2012

Sara Freedland, the wife and mother of journalists Michael and Jonathan Freedland, and herself the former editor of the JC's Junior Chronicle, died on Tuesday.

Sara Hocherman was born in Petach Tikva on November 1 1936.

Her turbulent story is told in her son Jonathan's book, Jacob's Gift.

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Mental health plight of tour group teenagers

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2012

Youth leaders are being taught to deal with social and mental health issues affecting teenagers on Israel tours and holiday camps.

Each year the UJIA builds on its leadership training programme to ensure they can cope with teenagers facing emotional or psychological issues, including anorexia and self-harm.

It also guides movements in helping participants break down taboos.

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Top vet denounces shechitah

By Jessica Elgot, May 10, 2012

The former president of the British Veterinary Association has criticised kosher slaughter for causing "unacceptable suffering to animals" and called for the practice to be curbed.

Shechita UK said it was preparing a response to the claims by Professor Bill Reilly in the Veterinary Record.

Prof Reilly said he had visited a kosher slaughterhouse in the 1970s, and was appalled at how "the dist

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