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Board turns wrath on PSC campaigners

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2011

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign's anti-Israel rhetoric is "infused with antisemitism" and its members engage in "racist conspiracy theories," according to the Board of Deputies.

Attacking the group and its Scottish counterpart, the Board said the PSC's recent actions reinforced the view that it had become an "impediment" to peace.

PSC director Sarah Colborne said the claims were "smears an


Teacher with porn career can go back to school

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2011

A teacher who led a double life as a stripper will not be struck off the teaching register.

Benedict Garrett, 31, lost his job as a sex education teacher at Beal High School in Ilford, Essex after pupils found out online about his alter-ego Johnny Anglais, whose work included regular appearances as a naked butler at hen parties and roles in a porn film.


Musicians call for 'absurd' boycott of Israel Prom

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2011

A group of musicians has made a public call for the cancellation of an Israel Philharmonic Orchestra concert at the Royal Albert Hall because of the Israeli political situation.

The IPO, whose director is the non-Jewish conductor Zubin Mehta, has been invited by the BBC to perform one concert at the Proms, the annual classical musical festival, on September 1.


Teacher fired for porn career defends himself in court

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2011

A disciplinary hearing into whether a teacher who led a double life as a stripper should be struck off the teaching register has opened in Birmingham


'Remarkable' Prof Ludwik Finkelstein mourned

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2011

Professor Ludwik Finkelstein, the distinguished scientist and accomplished Reform educator, died in London on Saturday aged 81.

Hendon Reform Synagogue's Rabbi Steven Katz paid tribute to a "remarkable man whose three passions in life were family, Judaism in all its facets and his academic expertise.


Manchester to pitch Big Tent for Israel

By Marcus Dysch, August 25, 2011

A major pro-Israel conference will go ahead in Manchester later this year despite disagreements over its name, format and the range of speakers.

It had been thought the November 27 event would be promoted under the We Believe banner first used by Bicom at its May conference, Britain's largest ever Israel advocacy event, in London.

But, following disagreements between organisers in the north


Kate and Wills university expels student over Israel flag attack

August 25, 2011

A St Andrews University student was expelled this week after being convicted of a racially aggravated attack on a 21-year-old Jewish exchange student in the halls of residence in March this year.

His co-defendant, facing an identical charge, was acquitted after the case against him was found to be not proven, but he was nevertheless suspended from St Andrews for a year.


Arsenal fan site: we didn't mean it in a racist way

By Jessica Elgot, August 25, 2011

The administrators of an Arsenal fan forum which used stars of David to denote which users had failed to donate to the site have apologised and promised to change the symbol.

The administrators of the site were adamant that the symbol was used because the nickname for their football rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, is "the Yids."

Members of the Arsenal fan forum We Are The Herd, which has more tha


This could be last Quds Day demo

By Richard Millett, August 25, 2011

This year's Al Quds Day rally has prompted a strong response from Mayor Boris Johnson in anticipation of political rallies due to be held during the Olympic Games next year.

Although numbers for Sunday's Trafalgar Square rally, organised by the Islamic Human Rights Commission, were thought to be down on previous years, the level of vitriol remained distressingly high.


TV station censure over Livingstone

August 25, 2011

A popular British Bangladeshi TV channel has been censured by Ofcom for bias over its coverage of a speech by former London mayor Ken Livingstone. Channel S, "the voice of British Bangladeshis across the world", reported on a controversial speech by Mr Livingstone to the Baishaki Mela festival in May, which marks the Bengali New Year.