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King David mother fights on for school place

June 17, 2010

Community leaders have expressed sadness and outrage over the first case of a Jewish child being barred from a Jewish school under new admissions rules, following the Supreme Court ruling on JFS last summer.

Last week the JC exclusively reported that, after losing an appeal, 10-year-old Kayleigh Chapple was refused a place at Liverpool's King David High School because she could not pass the religious practice test set out in the school's new admissions policy. Her place went to a non-Jewish pupil.

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Aish quizzed over gambler rabbi

By Robyn Rosen, June 17, 2010

The Aish outreach organisation is re-examining its informal education programmes after a young professional gambler who met a rabbi through the organisation lost a gambling case against the rabbi in the High Court.

Andrew Feldman, a 22-year-old former JFS pupil, took Rabbi Simon Nissim, 34, to the High Court in an attempt to set aside a £136,000 bill.

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'Anti-Israel' A-Level textbook slammed

By Jessica Elgot, June 17, 2010

Students are lobbying to change an A-Level geography textbook which makes anti-Israeli statements.

The 2009 edition of AQA's geography A2 textbook, by John Smith and Roger Knill, compares Israel's security barrier to the Berlin Wall and says it is the new "symbol of a divided world".

King David Manchester student Adi Manning, 17, has a petition signed by students, head of governors Joshua Rowe, head teacher Brian Levy and pro-Israel student group, the Institute for Middle East Democracy.

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Rap star Chimpmunk performs at barmitzvah

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 17, 2010

British rap star Chipmunk attended his first barmitzvah last week, performing by special request at celebrations for 13-year-old Joseph Port from Leeds.

X-Factor's Lloyd Daniels also made up the hour-long music set with each artist performing six songs for 200 guests at the barmitzvah celebrations at Etz Chaim synagogue in Alwoodley on Sunday.

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No Jews at Manchester Parade

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 17, 2010

Tens of thousands of people will be making their way to Manchester Day on Sunday to see one of the largest parades in the city's history - but there will be no formal Jewish presence.

The 1700-participant parade will travel through Deansgate, crossing Albert Square and Peter Street in the city centre. But the role of Manchester Jewry in the city will be forgotten.

Manchester City Council, which organised the event, say all faith groups were welcome to take part but that no Jewish groups had shown an interest.

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UJIA chief: More collaboration between Jews and Israel

By Simon Rocker, June 17, 2010

One of Israel's leading supporters has demanded a greater "collaboration" between Israel and diaspora Jews.

Writing in today's JC, Mick Davis, chairman of both the UJIA and the executive committee of the Jewish Leadership Council, says that "whereas an Israeli can at least influence events through the ballot box, we are a simple recipient of their impact".

He asserts that "we have a legitimate role as a partner with Israel in developing" its long term strategy.

Israel, he writes, is a "cornerstone" of the identity of most Jews in the diaspora and central to their future.

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Hague welcomes Israel's flotilla probe

By Jennifer Lipman, June 15, 2010

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said Israel’s decision to conduct an independent inquiry into the flotilla clashes is an “important step forward”.

The UN has continued to call for an international inquiry, but Mr Hague praised Israel’s announcement of the probe and said he welcomed the appointment of Lord Trimble.

The former First Minister of Northern Ireland and Nobel Peace Prize winner is to be one of two foreign observers overseeing the commission.

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Early parole review for El Al bomber

June 14, 2010

High Court judges have said they will review whether a terrorist jailed for 45 years for trying to blow up an Israeli plane could be released early.

Nezar Hindawi was jailed in 1986 after he was convicted of attempting to blow up a Tel Aviv-bound El Al airliner, carrying almost 400 people. He was found to have planted a bomb in his pregnant fiancee's hand luggage as she was about to board the flight.

The conditions of his sentence meant that he has been eligible for early release on licence since 2001, but only if the courts assessed that he was not a danger to the public.

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Labour leader candidates debate Israel

By Jessica Elgot, June 14, 2010

The five candidates in the Labour leadership race have set out their views on Israel and Palestine in front of a packed audience at Stratford Town Hall.

Speaking at the Labour leadership hustings for young Labour Party members, the candidates responded to a question from the audience: “What is your stance on Israel?”

Former Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband called himself a “critical friend of Israel” and spoke of the need to be tough on the Israeli government, calling for an end to the Gaza blockade.

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Teacher loses antisemitism claim

By Leon Symons, June 14, 2010

A Christian teacher who sued his former school claiming he was forced out of his job for complaining that Muslim pupils were making antisemitic and anti-Christian remarks has lost his employment tribunal.

Nicholas Kafouris, 52, claimed that pupils had said in lessons that they “hated Jews and Christians”, had praised the 9/11 bombers as heroes and said they wanted to be suicide bombers when they grew up.

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