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JNF leaves JLC over Israel support

By Jennifer Lipman, February 25, 2011

JNF UK has walked out of the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), following rumours that it was considering such a move.

According to the Jerusalem Post the organisation has parted company with the 30-member council over concern about the JLC’s stance on Israel.

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Glenda Jackson: calling Israelis Nazis is not hate speech - it's free speech

By Jessica Elgot, February 25, 2011

You can call Israelis Nazis and compare Gaza to a concentration camp - but that is not preaching hatred, according to Labour MP Glenda Jackson.

Ms Jackson, who won her Hampstead and Kilburn seat with a majority of just 42 votes in the general election, submitted herself to a grilling by Jewish constituents at London's Belsize Square Synagogue this week.

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EDL dismisses Jewish arm as too extreme

By Jessica Elgot, February 25, 2011

The leadership of the English Defence League has distanced itself from the group's Jewish Division, because of its partnership with the far-right American group Jewish Task Force.

The head of the EDL's Jewish division, Roberta Moore, previously announced that the group was working with the JTF, whose leader Victor Vancier has been imprisoned for terrorism offences.

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'Our children are hostile to Israel'

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 25, 2011

Manchester's communal leaders have raised concerns that the city's young Jews are becoming increasingly hostile to Israel.

Zionist Central Council president David Berkley said parents must realise it is ever-more difficult for their children to appreciate Israel's case.

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Rabbi in director's chair

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 25, 2011

Northern student chaplain Rabbi YY Rubinstein has turned from broadcasting to film directing, hoping to win an award at an international film festival supported by Tony Blair.

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Why I'm fighting for Fire Station

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 25, 2011

Two of Manchester's most powerful Jewish figures are locked in battle over the multi-million pound development of one of the city's iconic landmarks. And one has accused Manchester City Council of disgrace and mismanagement in its spending cuts.

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Payout for hospital Gestapo slur victim

By Jennifer Lipman, February 24, 2011

A psychotherapist whose parents sought refuge in Britain during the Holocaust has won a racial discrimination case after a senior hospital manager made a Nazi jibe.

Judy Williams, 52, lost her job at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital on the grounds of acting inappropriately to a vulnerable patient. She appealed the decision and won £80,000 payout for unfair dismissal.

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JNF say no to UK Arab task force

By Simon Rocker, February 24, 2011

JNF UK has decided to keep its distance from a recently established task force to increase awareness among British Jews of issues faced by Israel's Arab citizens.

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Leadership Council role re-think

By Simon Rocker, February 24, 2011

JNF UK has refused to quell speculation that it is reconsidering its membership of the Jewish Leadership Council.

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Jewish concerns over clock change plan

February 24, 2011

The Board of Deputies has warned of the "detrimental effect" on religious life if plans to make dawn and dusk an hour later are adopted.

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