UK news

CST slam EDL after march attack

By Robyn Rosen, June 24, 2010

The Community Security Trust has said that the English Defence League should be shunned after a march in east London ended when a gang of youths attacked police officers.

According to organisers Unite Against Fascism (UAF), around 5,000 people turned up for the march as a response to a planned protest by the EDL, which was later cancelled.

Protesters chanted, "EDL, Nazi scum", during the march on Sunday.

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Charedim hard hit by budget

By Marcus Dysch, June 24, 2010

The spending cuts announced in the budget contain "very bleak news" that could lead to misery for the Charedi community, the country's largest Jewish housing association has warned.

Chancellor George Osborne's announcement of a freeze on child benefits and cuts to housing benefit have been met with serious concern by the Agudas Israel Housing Association.

Families on housing benefit will receive a maximum of £400 a week for properties with more than three bedrooms as the government attempts to save £1.8 billion by the end of this parliament.

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Jewish art museum's crucifix exhibition

By Marcus Dysch, June 24, 2010

Supporters of the London Jewish Museum of Art have reacted furiously to a new exhibition which addresses the Crucifixion.

The Cross Purposes – Shock and Contemplation in images of the Crucifixion show traces artistic representations of the Crucifixion, from solely Christian interpretations to modern-day images.

Among the artwork on display at the museum's St John's Wood gallery are depictions of Christ on the cross by Tracey Emin, Graham Sutherland and Duncan Grant.

More than 300 people attended the official opening on Tuesday night.

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Police probe 'threat' posters

By Jessica Elgot, June 24, 2010

Police are investigating pro-Palestinian posters put up in a small Sussex town after a Jewish resident complained they were "threatening".

The posters in Barnham, West Sussex, were put up by two groups calling themselves "The UK Friends of Palestine and Israel" and the "Free Gaza Movement".

They call for a boycott of Israel and urge support for "the orphans of the Gaza massacre". There are also "Wanted" posters which accuse Israeli politicians of war crimes, including Opposition leader Tzipi Livni, which have also been seen in the town.

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Councillors urged to act over Bury Nazis

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 24, 2010

Jewish leaders have called on Bury councillors to "stop sitting on the fence" after a muted response to communal outrage over men dressed in Nazi regalia at a public event three weeks ago.

Since the event, it has emerged that 20 men wore swastikas and SS insignia at the East Lancashire Railway wartime re-enactment. One man posed as Nazi war-criminal Hermann Goering, while photographs have confirmed some men wearing up to five pieces of Nazi insignia and a jeep draped in a large Nazi flag, which flout rules set by the organisers banning such displays.

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BMA drops anti-Israel motions

By Leon Symons, June 24, 2010

Two motions critical of Israel have been eliminated from next week's British Medical Association conference.

The BMA's London regional council and its Enfield and Haringey branch put down identical motions complaining about Israel's treatment of Palestinian medical personnel in Gaza.

But the conference agenda committee has tabled its own resolution, deploring all regimes which hamper the work of doctors and other medical staff but, significantly, does not single out any country.

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Jewish schools 'will face many legal challenges'

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 24, 2010

Lawyers say Jewish schools may face a barrage of battles from parents contesting practice-based admissions decisions.

This follows the case of Kayleigh Chapple, the non-observant Jewish girl denied a place in Liverpool's King David High School.

Solicitor Jack Rabinowicz, an expert in education law, says the move from descent-based criteria is going to lead to "a lot of disagreement and dispute.

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Israel deports anti-Zionist activist to UK

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 24, 2010

A woman from Bolton who claims she was "brutally" locked up by Israeli immigration staff at Ben Gurion Airport for no reason other than wanting a holiday in Israel has been unmasked as a high-profile anti-Israel political campaigner.

She is also behind a website which peddles the claim that Israel harvests human organs and that "the Jews are eating villages".

Komal Adris (below) told the Bolton News and Asian Image, which runs the UK's leading Asian news website, she was strip-searched and locked up for 15 hours without access to lawyers, on Tuesday.

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Israel's UK ambassador tipped for UN post

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 24, 2010

Israel's ambassador to London, Ron Prosor, is being considered for the post of temporary ambassador to the United Nations.

The UN post is considered one of the key diplomatic jobs. Often the position goes to a political appointee rather than a career diplomat. The current ambassador, Prof Gavriella Shalev, was appointed by former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. The government is determined to replace her by the time her two-year term ends in August.

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The beginning of the end for kosher meat?

By Jessica Elgot, June 24, 2010

Shechita UK this week warned that animal welfare groups with deep pockets have "the wind in their sails" and pose a renewed threat to the continuance of kosher slaughter in the UK.

In the wake of the New Zealand ban and the European Parliament vote in support of singling out kosher and halal meat for special labelling, Shechita UK's campaign director, Shimon Cohen, warned that the Jewish community must organise to defend the practice.

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