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London Citizens stand by their man

By Martin Bright, July 21, 2011

London Citizens, the "community organisers" feted by Ed Miliband and David Cameron, has chosen to stand by a trustee who expressed his support for Hamas.

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UCU executive set to meet Board and JLC

By Marcus Dysch, July 21, 2011

It emerged this week that University and College Union general secretary Sally Hunt is to meet representatives of the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council.

In a letter to James Mendelsohn, senior lecturer in law at Huddersfield University, who this week resigned from the union, Ms Hunt said they would discuss the exit of Jewish academics from the union.

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Assault charge in Stamford Hill

July 21, 2011

A strictly Orthodox man has been charged with grievous bodily harm to an elderly man after an incident in Stamford Hill. Chanan Elimelech Hertzig, 33, of Tottenham, was arrested following a report of an assault on April 28 in Sharon's Bakery in Stamford Hill.

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Reubens row

July 21, 2011

Two men were released on bail on charges of actual bodily harm following a brawl outside Reubens Restaurant in central London. The pair were arrested after being involved in a fight with a third man last Monday night, following allegations of non-payment.

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Crisp reply from Gary Lineker

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 21, 2011

Gary Lineker, the public face of Walkers Crisps, has sympathised with an observant Leeds Jewish family whose coeliac son can no longer eat the snack because of a legally enforced change in labelling.

The sports broadcaster told Debra Samuel that he could "understand the disappointment" that her son Matthew would no longer be able to eat Walkers Crisps.

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BBC raps Jeremy Paxman on Hamas

By Robyn Rosen, July 21, 2011

The BBC has upheld a complaint that Jeremy Paxman failed to challenge adequately the Labour MP, Louise Ellman, after she accused Hamas of using children as suicide bombers.

Andy Bell, complaints director of the BBC's Editorial Complaints Unit, apologised for a "lapse in editorial standards" in the BBC2 airing of Newsnight on February 14.

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Deps attack JLC's Davis of 'apartheid'

By Marcus Dysch, July 21, 2011

Members of the Board of Deputies launched a barrage of attacks at UJIA chairman Mick Davis on Sunday during a heated debate on the role of the Jewish Leadership Council.

Amid raised voices and finger-wagging, more than 20 deputies grilled Mr Davis, chairman of the JLC's board of trustees.

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i-Engage disengaged

By Martin Bright, July 21, 2011

A highly organised phalanx of 50 backbench Conservatives rallied this week to vote against using i-Engage, an anti-Zionist Muslim organisation, as the secretariat for the all-party parliamentary group on Islamophobia.

The operation took supporters of i-Engage by surprise, as MPs from all parties voted 60-2 to drop the organisation.

The decisive vote on Monday was hailed as an important victo

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Southbank Israel debate turns into ‘hate-fest’

By Marcus Dysch, July 21, 2011

The Southbank Centre has defended its planning of a debate on cultural boycotts, which one Jewish panellist said had turned into a "hate-fest".

Palestinian boycott activist Omar Barghouti, Guardian and JC columnist Jonathan Freedland, American writer Carol Gould and British-Sri Lankan poet Seni Seneviratne spoke at the London Literary Festival session on July 10.

Throughout the event, Ms Gou

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Meet the media-savvy voice of Reform Judaism

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

The Reform movement has appointed its first full-time rabbinic spokesman to act as its voice on religious issues.

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, 47, who has served with one of the biggest Reform communities, the North-Western Reform Synagogue (Alyth Gardens) in London for eight years, will move to the new role of movement rabbi in January.

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