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Aryan Strike Force: Houses of horror revealed

By Leon Symons, July 1, 2010

They were two anonymous houses in anonymous suburban terraces. But when police arrived with search warrants they found much more than three-piece suites and pictures on the mantelpiece.

Walls were adorned with Nazi flags and rooms were littered with weapons, including knives, a machine gun and rice flails. In one, a Samurai sword hung above a bed and knuckledusters were displayed like trophies.


Purim knife man talked out of attack

By Leon Symons, July 1, 2010

A member of the Shomrim Jewish security team has spoken for the first time of how he and three colleagues disarmed a man wielding an 8in knife at the height of this year's Purim celebrations.

The man, who asked not to be identified, is in his early 20s and was praised by Barnet police for the way in which he and his team dealt with a potentially dangerous situation.

He said: "The call came through to the Shomrim hotline that there was a man with a knife in Bell Lane, Hendon. I and three colleagues put on anti-knife vests, as we have been trained, and went there.


Gay Pride set for big Jewish turnout

July 1, 2010

Jewish groups will be one of the best represented at this weekend's London Gay Pride march, with over 100 people from the Jewish community expected to take part.

Three Jewish gay groups are marching together for the first time - the Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group, Gay Jews in London and Beit Klal Yisrael.

Some will wave Israeli flags and flags with pink and rainbow Magen Davids. There will also be some wearing T-shirts which say "Jewlicious: 100% kosher".

Ben Kaye, 32, a former JFS pupil, began Gay Jews in London as a
Facebook group, which now has nearly 200 members.


Jewish schools can teach Zionism, says government

By Simon Rocker, July 1, 2010

The Department of Education has rejected objections from an Islamic campaign group to the teaching of Zionism in state-aided Jewish schools.

Ghulam Abbas, of the department's community cohesion unit, replied to the group, Engage: "We have no evidence to suggest the schools you highlight in your letter are teaching inappropriately or indoctrinating pupils."


Airport protesters are guilty

By Robyn Rosen, July 1, 2010

Three Jewish protesters have been found guilty of a breach of the peace after staging a protest last March which forced the closure of Aberdeen airport.

Dan Glass, 26, Mark Andrews, 26, and Tilly Gifford, 24, all from north London, and six others from climate action group, Plane Stupid, stood trial in Aberdeen High Court.

But the protesters have called the result a "victory" and said it highlighted the importance of peaceful protest as a legitimate way to tackle climate change.


Unions reject Israel boycott

By Jennifer Lipman, July 1, 2010

The founding president of TULIP, Trade Unions Linking Israel and Palestine, has applauded an overwhelming rejection of Hamas and the Israel boycott by the International Trade Union Confederation.

At its world congress in Vancouver, ITUC, which represents unions in more than 150 countries, pledged its "universal recognition" of Israel's right to exist. It also rejected "the extremist policies of Hamas".

Eric Lee, a leading trade union activist and a founder of TULIP, said: "This is welcome news for Israelis and Palestinians.


Crucifixion show at Jewish gallery praised

By Marcus Dysch, July 1, 2010

The co-chairman of the London Jewish Museum of Art says he is "buoyed" by a wave of support for the gallery's decision to host an exhibition addressing the Crucifixion.

David Glasser said criticism last week of the launch of Cross Purposes – Shock and Contemplation in Images of the Crucifixion had been followed by an "exceptionally busy" weekend and around 200 supportive emails.

The exhibition at the St John's Wood gallery includes depictions of Christ on the cross by Tracey Emin, Graham Sutherland and Duncan Grant.


Charedi fears over visa English lessons

By Leon Symons, July 1, 2010

A tightening of the marriage visa law requiring potential immigrants who want to marry here to learn English before they come to Britain has sent a shockwave through the Charedi community.

The new law, to be introduced in September, will mean that applicants will be asked to produce proof of their English studies when they apply for their visa.


Jewish G8 comes to London

By Robyn Rosen, July 1, 2010

Organisers of an international conference of Jewish communal organisations being held in London for the first time are hoping it will be a "Jewish G8 with a practical side".

The European Association of Jewish Community Centres (EAJCC) is hosting the fourth Pan-European Conference of Jewish Community Centres in October.


GP pronounces man dead on Israel flight

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 1, 2010

Passengers and cabin crew were left stunned as a man died on board a Jet2 plane from Israel to Manchester on Tuesday.

Stewardesses ran with oxygen masks to try to revive 85-year-old Philip Cohen, from Crumpsall, whose health had declined rapidly an hour into the flight. But he was pronounced dead immediately by Prestwich GP Dr Jonathan Liebermanwho was also on board.

The doctor helped to cover the deceased and laid him across three seats for the remainder of the flight.