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The man leading from the front of the class

By Charlotte Oliver, September 5, 2014

INTERVIEW - ALASTAIR FALK

Alastair Falk learned some important lessons during his teaching career — not least that having a sense of humour is essential.

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Soccer boss leaves club after Hitler-retort row

By Daniel Easterman, September 4, 2014

A football manager accused of making an antisemitic remark during a match against a team with Jewish roots has left his club.

Enfield Town boss George Borg was alleged to have told supporters of Wingate and Finchley: "You may be winning, but Hitler is going to deal with you."

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The best weapon against hate? Reasoned debate

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2014

Merely uttering the phrase "think tank" makes many people's eyes glaze over, prompting thoughts of policy wonks churning out weighty tomes on tackling global warming or handling inflation.

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WJR joins with Islamic Relief in Iraq vigil

By Simon Rocker, September 4, 2014

The Reform movement's Senior Rabbi, Laura Janner-Klausner, has spoken at a multi-faith vigil jointly organised by a Muslim charity accused by Israel of links with Hamas.

Islamic Relief Worldwide co-sponsored Wednesday's event on behalf of Iraq's endangered minorities with World Jewish Relief and Christian Aid.

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Comic Relief donation makes Rwandans smile

By Jenni Frazer, September 4, 2014

World Jewish Relief has been given a substantial donation by Comic Relief.

WJR received £365,994 in support of its pilot programme in Rwanda, called the Livelihood Development Programme. The project is aimed at improving the lives of nearly 9,000 Rwandans over the next three years.

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Film director beats boycott with cash plea

By Rosa Doherty, September 4, 2014

An Israeli film-maker, who was denied funding to attend a prestigious festival in Britain because of a boycott, has raised the money himself through an online appeal.

Yoav Hornung's film Deserted was selected for the Encounters short-film festival this month.

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Man denies street attack on Galloway

September 4, 2014

A Jewish man repeatedly punched George Galloway in the face because he "was an enemy to Judaism," a court heard this week.

Former BBC manager Neil Masterson, 39, is alleged to have shouted about the Holocaust and then assaulted Mr Galloway as he posed for pictures with members of the public in Golborne Road, west London.

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Cameron hits out at MP over war crimes remark

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2014

David Cameron has rubbished a Labour MP's claim that British Jews who fight in the Israeli army should be stripped of their passports.

The Prime Minister hit back at backbencher Grahame Morris in the Commons on Monday during the debate on terrorism and the threat posed by Islamic State.

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Flags fly in the face of opinion

By Daniel Easterman, September 4, 2014

Representatives from Glasgow's Jewish community held talks with the leader of the city council this week to discuss their concerns over the council's decision to fly the Palestinian flag over its building.

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Grassroots campaign draws thousands to demo

By Rosa Doherty, September 4, 2014

Thousands of people turned out on Sunday for a rally organised by a new grassroots movement against the rise in antisemitism.

They filled the street outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London to hear speakers including Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

The crowd cheered Rabbi Mirvis and passing taxis displayed Israeli flags in support as he took to the podium.

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