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Poems unloved by Orthodox schools

By Simon Rocker, June 11, 2015

A number of Orthodox schools have complained that poems about falling in love that appeared in a GCSE English exam were unfair to their pupils because the subject was outside their experience. The JC understands that some students did not answer questions on the poems, which were set in AQA English literature papers and were worth a third of the marks.

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Play protestors claim abuse by cast member

By Naomi Firsht, June 11, 2015

Activists who distributed pro-Israel leaflets outside a theatre staging a Palestinian play have said they were the targets of antisemitic abuse from a cast member.

Members of the West Midlands Friends of Israel were handing out flyers at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre ahead of a performance of The Siege, staged by the West Bank-based Freedom Theatre company.

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Oliver actor Ron Moody dies aged 91

By Josh Jackman, June 11, 2015

Ron Moody, the actor who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Fagin in Oliver!, has died aged 91.

Mr Moody, who was also nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the 1968 musical film, died early on Thursday morning.

He leaves behind his wife, Therese Blackbourn Moody, and their six children.

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Antisemitic graffiti attack in Birmingham park

By Rosa Doherty, June 11, 2015

A neo-Nazi group has defaced a menorah in a Birmingham park by hanging a swastika flag over it and daubing graffiti on it.

A video of vandals from the pro-Hitler hate group National Action shows them marking the parks gates with antisemitic graffiti.

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Groups unite to combat hate rally

By Josh Jackman, June 11, 2015

The launch of the Golders Green Together campaign this week comes ahead of a series of events to promote diversity in the run-up to the planned protest by neo-Nazis in north-west London next month.

The initiative was launched on Monday by the London Jewish Forum and anti-fascism group Hope Not Hate, with around 50 supporters and community leaders attending a photocall.

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‘Golden era’ for UK trade with Israel

By Sandy Rashty, June 11, 2015

Business Secretary Sajid Javid hailed a "golden era" of business ties between the UK and Israel this week.

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Communities unite amid hate rally fears

By Marcus Dysch, June 11, 2015

A multi-faith response to a planned antisemitic demonstration next month has received widespread support - amid fears that the organisers of the fascist rally are part of a new coalition specifically targeting Jews.

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Acclaim for Wizo's winners

June 11, 2015

Commitment to Media Award

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Charity hails six of the best

By Naomi Firsht, June 11, 2015

Acclaimed BBC journalist John Ware is among the six winners of the Wizo 2015 Commitment Awards, it was announced this week.

Mr Ware won the media category for his radio documentary on Islamist fanaticism. He was selected from a shortlist of three chosen by the JC.

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Tory Israel trip attracts over 450 applications

By Marcus Dysch, June 11, 2015

A delegation of young Conservative activists visited Israel this week on the first of a series of fact-finding tours of the country.

Hundreds of Tories under the age of 30 applied to take part in the trip, run by the Conservative Friends of Israel.

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