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NUS criticised for building boycotts not bridges

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2012

The Union of Jewish Students has said it is "disappointed and surprised" after the National Union of Students launched a campaign challenging the practices of two Israeli-linked companies.

NUS urged students to encourage their universities to consider cancelling contracts with Veolia and Eden Springs.


Sephardi leadership hopeful pulls out of race

By Simon Rocker, January 10, 2012

Rabbi David Bassous, the centre of a disputed election for the next spiritual head of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation, has pulled out of the race.

Sephardi leaders announced last night that the London-born rabbi, who heads a congregation in New Jersey, had "requested that his name be withdrawn from consideration…at this stage".


Knighthoods for Jewish businessman and scientist

By Jessica Elgot, January 6, 2012

A Jewish professor and a city businessman have both been knighted in this year’s honours list.

Professor Sir Mark Pepys received a knighthood for his groundbreaking biomedical work. He is currently director of the Wolfson Drug Discovery Unit, and the former Head of Medicine at the Royal Free Campus of University College London.


Death threat tweeter suspended by Labour party

By Jennifer Lipman, January 6, 2012

The Labour Party has suspended one of its members after it emerged that he was using Twitter to wage a campaign of death threats and antisemitic abuse against other users.

Shereef Abdallah, an Ed Miliband "lookalike" who previously worked as a volunteer at the office of Labour MP Glenda Jackson, has been suspended from the party with immediate effect.


Lotto rape victim gets an MBE

By Jennifer Lipman, January 5, 2012

A Jewish woman who won a historic compensation settlement after being the victim of a horrific crime has waived her anonymity in response to being awarded an MBE.


Nazi defender will visit SOAS

By Jessica Elgot, January 5, 2012

A lawyer who has defended Nazi war criminals, Holocaust deniers and Palestinian terrorists, will speak at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies, shortly after Holocaust Memorial Day.


London mayoral race kicks off at Limmud

By Simon Rocker, January 5, 2012

Ken Livingstone's running mate in this year's London elections has tried to reassure Jewish voters over the prospect of him becoming mayor again.

Mindful of his run-ins with the Jewish community last time, Labour London Assembly member Valerie Shawcross - who would become his deputy mayor - promised that the next administration would be "different".

Mr Livingstone caused widespread outrage o


Thatcher though Jews and Tories 'good fit'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 5, 2012

According to journalist Charles Moore, whose biography of Baroness Thatcher will be released only after her death, the former PM considered Jewish values and Conservatism "a natural fit".

Her support for Jewish causes derived, he says, from her interactions as MP for Finchley with Jewish people.


Turkish envoy defends policy against Israel

By Simon Rocker, January 5, 2012

A senior diplomat from Turkey's UK embassy braved a battery of questions on his country's rocky relations with Israel in one of the closing sessions of the winter Limmud conference.

Kerem Kiratli, the deputy chief of mission, stood in for his ambassador, who had been planning to attend but had been summoned to a conference in Ankara.

Israel's once-strong relations with Turkey dived after nin


Bishop: anti-Zionist vicar 'no antisemite'

By Marcus Dysch, January 5, 2012

A Church of England vicar has been backed by his diocesan bishop after promoting a website which supports Holocaust denial and warns of a Zionist conspiracy controlling the world.

Reverend Stephen Sizer received the support of the Bishop of Guildford, the Right Reverend Christopher Hill, a former chaplain to the Queen, following calls for him to be suspended for linking to the site.

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