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London Mayor 2012: Green Party's Jenny Jones

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

The Green Party can be "good for the Jewish community", according to the party's London mayoral election candidate.

Jenny Jones said she believed the party's policies were "balanced" on Israel, but defended the Greens' denunciation of the Jewish National Fund as "racist".

Ms Jones spent time in Israel in the 1990s while studying archaeology as a mature student, and said the experience had he

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Baroness Tonge: I got great support over my Israel line

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

Baroness Tonge has told the House of Lords she has received hundreds of letters of support following her resignation of the Liberal Democrat whip last month.

The controversial peer, now sitting as an independent, claimed 700 letters had arrived since she made anti-Israel comments at an Israel Apartheid Week event.

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Budget scare for charities over tax relief cap

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

The chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council has raised concerns about the impact on Jewish fundraising of the government's planned cap in tax relief claimed by charitable donors.

In Wednesday's Budget Chancellor George Osborne unveiled changes to the system that allows higher-rate taxpayers who donate to charity to reclaim some of the tax they would have paid, with some of it going to

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Blooms asbestos pay-out

By James Brewster, March 22, 2012

The daughter of a waiter who died from asbestos-related cancer after 30 years working in Bloom's kosher restaurant has settled a damages claim against her late father's employers for £70,000.

Miltiades Charalambous, known as Milton, emigrated from Cyprus to Finsbury Park in the mid-1960s. He worked as a waiter at Bloom's, on Whitechapel High Street, between 1967 and 1996.

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The Spurs fans who saved Muamba

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

The Jewish principle of saving a life, pikuach nefesh, is considered to override all other commandments of the Torah.

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Scottish Jewry: Hiding our identity 'to avoid abuse'

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

Scottish Jews hide their religious identity to avoid abuse and attack, a wide-ranging survey has found.

Israelis living in the country reported that they often pretended to be French or Turkish to "avoid uncomfortable situations".

Being Jewish in Scotland was compiled by the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities.

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Jews won't vote for me because they are rich, Ken Livingstone tells Labour activists

By Martin Bright, March 22, 2012

Prominent Labour-supporting Jewish Londoners have written a devastating letter to Ed Miliband expressing their profound concerns about mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone.

The letter, a copy of which has been seen by the JC, was written in response to a meeting held on March 1 at which Mr Livingstone stood by his decision to embrace radical Islamic cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi and take money from the

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Mayoral candidates grilled by Jewish Forum

By Martin Bright, March 22, 2012

The London mayoral candidates have been invited to a series of breakfast meetings with representatives of the Jewish community to be hosted by the London Jewish Forum. The first to accept is Liberal Democrat candidate Brian Paddick who will make his case on April 4 at an as yet undisclosed location in north west London.

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London Mayor 2012: Siobhan Benita

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

In a campaign dominated by two candidates so well-known that they are immediately recognisable by their first names alone, it is a new face in London politics which appears to have caught attention.

Independent candidate Siobhan Benita has walked away from a 15-year career as a senior civil servant to take on Boris and Ken and run to be Mayor of London.

She has the backing of former cabinet

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Race to succeed Lord Sacks in 2013 hots up

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

The United Synagogue president, Stephen Pack, has said that applications to be chief rabbi were still being accepted despite the March 5 deadline specified in an advertisement for the job.

Mr Pack, who is chairman of the Chief Rabbinate Trust, which is responsible for appointing Lord Sacks's successor, said it had received some "outstanding" applications, but added: "We are still expecting a nu

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