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George Osborne launches Holocaust commemoration medal

By Marcus Dysch, January 14, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled a specially minted commemorative medal to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust.

The medal – commissioned by the Holocaust Educational Trust, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Mr Osborne – was presented to Shoah survivors at a Downing Street reception on Tuesday evening.

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Nick Clegg urged to act against David Ward over Netanyahu tweets

By Sandy Rashty, January 13, 2015

The Israeli ambassador to Britain has called on the leader of the Liberal Democrats to take action against David Ward, over comments about Benjamin Netanyahu’s presence at Sunday’s unity rally in France.

Mr Benjamin Netanyahu joined other world leaders in Paris to show solidarity following the terrorist attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket .

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David Cameron pledges to do everything possible to protect community

By Marcus Dysch, January 13, 2015

David Cameron has reassured Jewish leaders of Britain's ability to protect the community following the terror attacks in Paris.

At a meeting in Downing Street this morning he told them the government was doing everything possible to ensure organisations and charities were properly engaged with police and security services.

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Police investigate Liverpool swastika daubing

By Sandy Rashty, January 13, 2015

Police are appealing for witnesses after swastikas were found scratched into the door of a Jewish prayer hall in Liverpool.

The marks were carved in the Jewish section of Springwood Cemetery in Allerton.

The incident is being investigated by Merseyside police who are treating it as a hate crime.

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Authors from across the globe compete on JQ-Wingate prize shortlist

By Josh Jackman, January 13, 2015

The nominees for this year’s prestigious JQ-Wingate literary prize come from all over the globe, with authors from four continents competing on the shortlist, announced today.

Famous literary figures such as Simon Schama and Ari Shavit, as well as controversial anti-Zionist Ilan Pappé, fell by the wayside as the longlist was cut down from 15 to seven.

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Nick Clegg promises to protect Holocaust education funding

By Marcus Dysch, January 12, 2015

Holocaust education funding will be protected for the next five years if the Liberal Democrats return to government after the election, Nick Clegg has promised.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the £9 million budget for the Holocaust Education Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz programme would continue to 2020.

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CBB contestant who made “Jewish producer” comment evicted

By Sandy Rashty, January 12, 2015

Former Baywatch actor Jeremy Jackson was booted off Celebrity Big Brother after he pulled open the dressing gown of a female contestant.

Mr Jackson, 34, who is Jewish, was the first contestant to leave the show this year. He was evicted after he was alleged to have groped glamour model Chloe Goodman, 21, on Friday night.

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William Hague tells UK Jews there is no need to leave

By Josh Jackman, January 12, 2015

William Hague has told the Jewish community that there is no need for them to leave Britain following recent terror attacks.

Speaking at JW3 community centre after four Jews were killed in a kosher supermarket in Paris, the former foreign secretary assured the Jewish community that the government was doing all it could to prevent similar atrocities occurring in the UK.

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UK Muslims ‘united with Jews' against terror

By Simon Rocker, January 12, 2015

The Muslim Council of Britain has sent a message of support to the Jewish community following last week’s terror attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris.

In a statement on Saturday, the organisation said that it stood “united in its solidarity with the Jewish community”.

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UK police increase patrols after Paris supermarket attack

By Sandy Rashty, January 9, 2015

Communal organisations are monitoring the security situation in the UK, after a gunman took five people hostage in Paris today.

The Community Security Trust is liaising with UK police, government and the SPCJ, the French-Jewish security watchdog.

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