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Baroness Warsi: We must drain the poison of antisemitism

By Jessica Elgot, November 15, 2011

Conservative Party chair Baroness Sayeeda Warsi has called it “abhorrent that some people actually believe that antisemitism does not exist in the world today.”

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UJS Sheldon apologies to ZF's Hoffman

By Jessica Elgot, November 14, 2011

UJS Campaigns Director Dan Sheldon has apologised for linking Zionist Federation co-vice-chair Jonathan Hoffman with the English Defence League.

Mr Sheldon clashed with Mr Hoffman during a heated debate hosted by Leeds JSoc two weeks ago, over UJS’s “Liberation” campaign.

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Salah wins right to appeal

By Marcus Dysch, November 11, 2011

Palestinian activist Raed Salah has been granted permission to appeal against a tribunal ruling which agreed he should be removed from Britain.

Last month an immigration tribunal found in favour of Home Secretary Theresa May's order that Sheikh Salah should be banned from Britain as his presence "would not be conducive to the public good".

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Just a few hotheads, Mr Willetts?

By Marcus Dysch, November 11, 2011

A wave of hate speakers spread across British campuses this week, just days after Universities Minister David Willetts advised people to pay little attention to a "small number of hot-heads", claiming the number of campus extremists was declining.

In London, the leader of the British branch of extreme Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir spoke at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

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Government bans extremist Islamic group

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

The government has proscribed an extremist Muslim group notorious for burning poppies on Armistice Day and attacking supporters of Jewish and Israeli causes.

Muslims Against Crusades will be banned from Britain from midnight. Being a member or supporter of the organisation will become a criminal offence.

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Mensch proud to speak at Stand With Us event

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

Conservative MP Louise Mensch said she was proud to speak at a Jewish student conference despite criticism from anti-Israel bloggers.

Mrs Mensch was guest speaker at Sunday's Stand With Us – Israel in Focus conference.

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120 want Sheldon to go after clash with Hoffman

November 10, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students has backed its campaigns director Dan Sheldon after more than 120 people signed a petition calling for him to be sacked.

Mr Sheldon clashed with Zionist Federation co-vice-chairman Jonathan Hoffman during a heated debate hosted by Leeds JSoc last week.

The pair had been invited to discuss different approaches to Israel advocacy, but the atmosphere soured after Mr

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Euro 2012 warning

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

Concerns have been raised about the likelihood of antisemitic abuse and incidents taking place at football's European Championships next year.

MP John Mann, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, has asked Uefa to explain what will be done to avoid incidents at the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine next June.

In a letter to Uefa president Michel Platini,

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Solar cuts spark anger from Berger

By Jessica Elgot, November 10, 2011

Synagogues, Jewish charities and youth movements could loses thousands in potential income as a scheme to fund solar panels on Jewish community buildings is jeopardised by a government turn-around.

Shadow Climate Change Minister Luciana Berger and the Jewish Leadership council criticised the government for "undermining" Jewish social action projects.

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What women think of their bodies

By Jessica Elgot, November 10, 2011

The stereotype paints relaxed, carefree Israeli women compared to the uptight, anxious British.

But research at the University of Leeds into the way women perceive their bodies during pregnancy has found that the opposite could be true.

Pregnant British women feel more beautiful and are less concerned about controlling their weight compared to Israeli women who continue to diet throughout pr

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