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MPs: We speak up for Israel - and get death threats

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

MPs who have spoken in support of Israel have been forced to limit the information they make available to constituents and take other security precautions after being sent death threats or abusive messages by post, by phone or online, a JC investigation has revealed.

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UK Jews hatched, matched, despatched… and frummer

By Simon Rocker, April 4, 2012

At least two out of every five Jewish babies in the UK are born to strictly Orthodox parents - the highest proportion ever cited in official Board of Deputies statistics.

Charedi children "now comprise 40 per cent or more" of all Jewish births, compared with a third when calculated in the last Board survey published four years ago.

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Irish Justice Minister is targeted on YouTube

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2012

The video-sharing site YouTube has closed the account of a user who posted antisemitic clips attacking the Irish Justice Minister.Alan Shatter, the only Jewish member of Ireland's lower house of parliament - Dáil Éireann - asked police to investigate. One video claimed he was a "Jewish nation-wrecker" who was "destroying Ireland".

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Moyle twins with Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2012

One of Northern Ireland's smallest towns has officially twinned with Gaza City, after months of political argument.

The chairman of Moyle District Council attended a ceremony in the Palestinian city on Monday night.

Moyle, in County Antrim, has a population of 15,000 and is home to the world-famous Giant's Causeway.

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Theatre ban ‘like Nazi book burning’ say West End stars

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

Leading figures of the British stage have strongly denounced calls for Israel's national theatre company, Habima, to be removed from the line-up of the Globe to Globe Shakespeare Festival for political reasons.

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St Andrews anti-Jewish abuse case appeal

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2012

A man who racially abused a Jewish student in his halls of residence has launched an attempt to have his conviction overturned.

Paul Donnachie, of Blackpool, was sentenced to community service last September after he was found guilty of attacking Chanan Reitblat at a St Andrews University hall of residence.

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Jewish Community Centre in hunt for new chief exec

April 4, 2012

The Jewish Community Centre for London is to seek a chief executive to work alongside incumbent Nick Viner, it has been announced. Mr Viner, who joined the JCC in 2005, will stay on with the organisation until the opening of the newly-built community centre, scheduled to open in autumn 2013.

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Cameron: Toulouse a reminder Pesach search for freedom not over

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

The Prime Minister has sent his wishes to British Jews for a "very happy and peaceful Pesach".

David Cameron, speaking just over a fortnight after an Islamist gunman murdered three children and a rabbi outside the Ozar Hatorah Jewish School in France, noted that the festival marked the "release from slavery and the liberation of a people from tyranny".

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Ed Miliband lookalike tweeter loses PCC appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

A Twitter user and former professional Ed Miliband lookalike who was alleged to have posted antisemitic and threatening messages has lost his appeal to the Press Complaints Commission.

Shereef Abdallah went to the watchdog after details of tirades against Jewish or pro-Israel users, made under his name, were revealed in the Jewish Chronicle and three other newspapers in January.

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Mayoral candidates offered Manifesto for Jewish London

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

The London Jewish Forum has listed its priorities with a month to go before residents vote on the capital's next mayor.

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