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Amnesty chief stands by its work on Israel

By Marcus Dysch, April 26, 2012

The director of Amnesty International UK has staunchly defended the charity's approach to Israel and the Palestinians amid claims that it repeatedly displays anti-Israel bias.

Kate Allen said she was "very proud" of Amnesty's work, which has drawn widespread criticism from groups supporting Israel.

She denied that reports produced by Amnesty, and events it had hosted about the conflict, had


Gerald Kaufman to rescue on kashrut

By Jessica Elgot, April 26, 2012

MPs have narrowly rejected a proposed bill which would force retailers to label kosher meat as "killed without stunning" to stop consumers buying the meat "without their knowledge".

The bill was proposed by Conservative MP Philip Davies, who said kosher and halal meat was being "forced upon" non-religious shoppers.

But the bill, supported by the RSPCA, was rejected after a first reading by 7


Orthodox Londoner mics up as Olympian beatboxer

By Zoe Winograd, April 26, 2012

A 25-year-old Jewish Londoner is set for the summer of a lifetime - beatboxing his way through the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Daniel Brill is one of 300 successful applicants who will comprise the Coca-Cola entertainment squad. The ex-JFS pupil brings an extra dimension to the discipline - he is almost certainly the only one who combines beatboxing with a Jewish education.


Gould celebrates London 2012

April 26, 2012

British Ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, hosted Israel's Olympic and Paralympic delegations at his residence on Monday for a festive reception, in the presence of Sports Minister Limor Livnat.

Among the Israeli athletes who came to celebrate the kick-off to London 2012 were world windsurfing champions, Lee Kurzitz and Nimrod Mashiah, Israel's synchronised swimming team, and paralympic athl


Corbyn won't back away from Salah

By Martin Bright, April 26, 2012
Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn has refused to condemn demands for an inquiry into the influence of the Israel lobby, or the antisemitic comments of a Palestinian activist whom he invited to tea on the Commons terrace.

Last week, the JC reported that Mr Corbyn backed calls by the lawyer for Raed Salah, the leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, for an inquiry into the influence of "pro-Israe


Livingstone offers former Labour rival Oona King a job

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2012

Labour mayoral candidate Ken Livingstone has offered his former party rival a job if he is elected.

Mr Livingstone announced today that he would make Oona King his Young People's Champion if he was victorious at next week's vote.


Labour Jews still critical but endorse Ken Livingstone with a week to go

By Marcus Dysch, April 26, 2012

A group of prominent Jewish Labour supporters who expressed their concerns about Ken Livingstone have now endorsed his candidacy for London Mayor.


JAMI and Jewish Care to merge

By Simon Rocker, April 26, 2012

The Jewish Association for Mentally Illness (Jami) is to merge with British Jewry's largest welfare organisation Jewish Care to create a single mental health service for the community in September.

The two organisations believe the tie-up will produce a better service across a wider area and cut overheads, but there is no intention to make redundancies.


Rachel Wenstone elected as NUS vice president

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2012

A Jewish student has been voted on to a senior position on the UK's umbrella student organisation.

Rachel Wenstone was elected as the next vice president higher-education of the National Union of Students at its annual conference in Sheffield on Wednesday.


Viva Palestina's Gaza aid route - through Syria

By Jessica Elgot, April 25, 2012

Pro-Palestinian activists Viva Palestina are to send a convoy of trucks through Syria to Gaza – despite protests and withdrawals from their own members.

The charity, co-founded by Respect MP George Galloway, launched the convoy which departed last Sunday from the UK.