UK news

No answers to questions on JNF funds

By Leon Symons, February 26, 2009

A row has broken out between JNF UK, some of its donors and a charity in Israel, over $1 million (£687,778) in donations.

Project Or, a non-governmental organisation founded nine years ago to build and develop new communities in the Negev and Galilee, has claimed that JNF has not passed on the money, which was pledged at a dinner at Claridges in January 2007.

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Board reaches out to repair faith relations

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2009

An Islamic community centre will host a major Jewish exhibition as interfaith groups attempt to repair relations in the aftermath of the Gaza conflict.

The Board of Deputies’ Jewish Way of Life exhibition will be held at the centre in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in the spring.

At a meeting on Tuesday, members of the London Jewish Forum, synagogue bodies and the Board reaffirmed their dedication to developing stronger ties with the Muslim community.

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Palestinian group tries to sue UK government

By Simon Rocker, February 26, 2009

A Palestinian human rights group has gone to the British courts in an effort to force the government to adopt sanctions against Israel.

Al-Haq seeks a ruling from the High Court that British policy towards Israel is in breach of international law.

In an application for a judicial review filed in London on Tuesday, it named Foreign Secretary David Miliband, Business Secretary Lord Mandelson and Defence Secretary John Hutton as defendants.

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Schoolchildren in racist bus attack

By Leon Symons, February 26, 2009

Jewish pupils have been subjected to a physical and verbal antisemitic assault on a bus home.

One pupil from Yavneh College in Borehamwood was elbowed in the face in the incident, which took place on Tuesday on a 107 bus between Borehamwood and Barnet.

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Anxiety over £950 nursery top-up fees

By Simon Rocker, February 26, 2009

A local council is looking into concerns raised by parents over the fees being charged by a Jewish nursery.

Barnet Council confirmed it had been contacted by two sets of parents about Rosh Pinah Nursery in Edgware, which charges £950 a term and requires a £500 deposit within two weeks of offering a place.

Pippa Singer, whose son James has been offered a place at the nursery in September, wrote to its chairman of governors on Monday: “We are very concerned, both by the level of fees being charged, and the timescale that payment is due.”

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Scots cash for Gaza

February 26, 2009

The Scottish government is to provide more than £400,000 of humanitarian aid to Gaza. Eight Scots charities which work with Palestinian groups will receive funding to provide food and repair infrastructure. Michael Russell, Minister for External Affairs, said the £427,996 would come from the parliament’s International Development Fund.

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Brum arrests over teen

February 26, 2009

Three schoolgirls have been arrested in connection with an alleged antisemitic attack on a Jewish teenager in Birmingham last month. One 14-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated assault. Two others, aged 13 and 14, were arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated harassment and fear of violence. All three were bailed.

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CCJ adds 3 new rabbis

February 26, 2009

Three new rabbis have been appointed as presidents of the Council of Christians and Jews.

The interfaith group has added Rabbi Abraham Levy, of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation; Rabbi Danny Rich, chief executive of Liberal Judaism; and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, senior Rabbi of the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues.

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Lord Ahmed is jailed

February 26, 2009

Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, who this month claimed British Jewish students had been recruited to join the Israeli army and should be prosecuted for war crimes, has been jailed for 12 weeks for dangerous driving.

The Muslim peer was sending text messages while driving and then hit and killed another driver on the M1.

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BNP activist fined after racial abuse of his neighbour

By Marcus Dysch, February 26, 2009

A BNP activist has been fined after racially abusing a neighbour whose grandmother died in the Holocaust.

Roy West told German-born Bernd Kugow to “go back to krautland and kill some more Jews” during an argument outside their homes in Dukinfield, Lancashire.

Unemployed West, 44, had denied a charge of racially aggravated abuse in August last year, but changed his plea moments before appearing at Tameside Magistrates’ Court last week.

He began the tirade after trying to fix a Union Jack flag to his neighbour’s shed.

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