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Arab who is a diplomat for Israel

By Josh Jackman, May 7, 2015

George Deek is different from most Israeli diplomats. The country’s foreign ministry is full of high-flyers snapped up at a young age, but very few are Arabs.

Mr Deek, who joined the diplomatic corps at the tender age of 25, sees no contradiction in someone with Arab roots representing Israel.


Shoah survivors living in ‘shocking’ squalor

By Rosa Doherty, May 7, 2015

A large number of Holocaust survivors are living in poverty and squalor, a charity has warned.

The Six Point Foundation has revealed that at least 100 survivors “are struggling on state benefit and living below the breadline”.


Anger followed theatre’s ‘shameful’ decision

By Sandy Rashty, May 7, 2015

One evening in August last year, around 250 demonstrators gathered outside the Tricycle Theatre in north London. They were protesting against the venue’s decision to boycott the UK Jewish Film Festival over its ties with Israel.


Sorry, we got it wrong over UKJFF

By Jonathan Levy, chair of the Tricyle Theatre, May 7, 2015

The Tricycle Theatre made headlines in 2014, at the height of the crisis in Gaza, when it requested that the UK Jewish Film Festival return the £1,400 of funding it received from the Israeli embassy, to be replaced with the same amount from the Tricycle in lieu.


Exclusive: Tricycle apologises for film festival boycott

By Sandy Rashty, May 7, 2015

The chairman of the Tricycle Theatre has apologised for boycotting the UK Jewish Film Festival and admitted that the venue made “the wrong decision”.

Last summer, the north London theatre responded to the Gaza conflict by calling on the UKJFF to drop the £1,400 funding it received from the Israeli embassy.

The festival refused and withdrew from the venue.


Laura Marks accused of 'flip-flopping' by rival for Board president Alex Brummer

By Sandy Rashty, May 6, 2015

Board of Deputies presidential candidate Alex Brummer has dismissed his rival Laura Marks, describing her as “flip-flopping”.

Speaking at a Liberal and Reform Judaism hustings on Wednesday, Mr Brummer said: “Here we have a candidate standing to be president of the Board of Deputies, who moved from a Reform Synagogue to join a United Synagogue one.


Rabbis call for action over Congo tragedy

By JC Reporter, May 6, 2015

Leading rabbis have called on politicians from all parties to help end the violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


Jewish journalist claims he was ‘throttled’ and abused outside Respect rally

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2015

A Jewish journalist claims he was racially abused and assaulted outside a Respect party election rally in Bradford.

Ben Judah was in the city preparing a report for the Politico website when he says he was called a “****ing Jew” and ejected from the event.

The alleged incident, on Sunday, has been reported to police and the Community Security Trust.


Labour telling Orthodox Jews I’m gay, claims Tory candidate Mike Freer

By Marcus Dysch, May 6, 2015

A Conservative election candidate has claimed Labour campaigners attempted to discourage Orthodox Jews from voting for him by telling them he is gay.

Mike Freer is standing for re-election in Finchley and Golders Green – the constituency with the highest number of Jewish voters in Britain.


Teacher 'annoyed at being caught' when sex abuse allegations made, court hears

May 5, 2015

A leading rabbi has told a court that a Jewish teacher was “annoyed at being caught” when confronted with allegations of serious sexual abuse in front of his wife as part of a secret meeting.

Rabbi Shraga Feivel Zimmerman was giving evidence on Tuesday in the trial of 50-year-old Todros Grynhaus, a prominent member of the Charedi community in Salford.