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Community service for council worker who sent antisemitic emails to Irish politician Alan Shatter

By Naomi Firsht, November 3, 2015

A council worker who sent former Irish Minister for Justice Alan Shatter a barrage of antisemitic emails has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service.

John Dillon, 55, of Whitethorn Gardens, Palmerstown, Dublin pleaded guilty to harassment of Mr Shatter from February until April 8 2014 at Dublin District Court.


Jeremy Corbyn condemns Sir Gerald Kaufman comments on 'Jewish money'

By Marcus Dysch and Josh Jackman, November 3, 2015

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called Sir Gerald Kaufman’s allegations about “Jewish money” influencing Conservative policy “unacceptable and deeply regrettable”.

Mr Corbyn said the comments, made by the veteran MP last week, were damaging to community relations.

Labour’s Chief Whip Rosie Winterton met Sir Gerald on Tuesday to discuss the remarks.


Israeli ex- basketball star jailed for stealing handbags from Harrods

By Rosa Doherty, November 3, 2015

A former Israeli basketball star has been jailed for two years for stealing £32,000 worth of designer handbags from Harrods.

Dov Herman, 46, and partner in crime Meital Pardo, 31, posed as a wealthy couple to grab a £2,800 Christian Dior, a £17,000 Prada and a £11,890 Yves Saint Laurent bag from the store.


France honours London pensioner for role in D-Day landings

By Rosa Doherty, November 2, 2015

For Mervyn Kersh the morning post contained a “huge surprise” last week – the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest military honour.

The medal was awarded to the pensioner to mark his involvement in the D-Day landings in 1944.


Labour Chief Whip will meet Sir Gerald Kaufman over “Jewish money” comments

By Josh Jackman, November 2, 2015

Labour’s Chief Whip will speak to Sir Gerald Kaufman about his controversial comments about Israel and “Jewish money” after the party was urged to take action.

The veteran MP accused Israel of fabricating terror attacks as an excuse to kill Palestinians, and claimed the Conservative Party had been influenced by “Jewish money” during an event in Parliament last week.


Oxford Union votes to oppose Israel boycott

By Naomi Firsht, November 2, 2015

The Oxford Union has backed a motion proposed by prominent American lawyer Professor Alan Dershowitz opposing the boycott of Israel.

The motion, “Is the BDS movement against Israel wrong?”, was carried by 137 votes to 101 by the prestigious debating society on Sunday.


Communal groups urge Labour to take action against Gerald Kaufman over ‘Jewish money’ remarks

By Josh Jackman, November 2, 2015

Leading communal bodies have asked the Labour Party to censure Sir Gerald Kaufman after the veteran MP accused Israel of fabricating attacks and claimed the Conservative Party has been influenced by “Jewish money”.


Holocaust educator honoured by university

By Naomi Firsht, November 2, 2015

The life-long work of a Holocaust educator is being commemorated in a series of events at the University of Leicester, and with a memorial service at Leicester synagogue.

Sara Elkes, who died in September, was well known for her work with the Elkhanan Association for Inter-Community Understanding and her Inter-Faith Work Camps in Leicester.


Mass brawl outside stars' London nightclub 'sparked by antisemitic abuse'

By JC Reporter, October 30, 2015

A mass brawl that led to the closure of a celebrity-frequented nightclub in London was sparked by antisemitic abuse, it has been claimed.

According to the Evening Standard, Kensington club Boujis has been ordered to close its doors for two weekends and may face a battle to retain its licence after 16 people were involved in a fight outside the venue last Sunday.


Gambler who spun 'web of deceit' to steal £120,000 from family is jailed

By Josh Jackman, October 30, 2015

A fraudster who stole more than £120,000 from his in-laws has been imprisoned for five years after leaving his family "decimated," a judge said.

Dan Jacobs, 39, a former member of Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue in Hertfordshire, had admitted on Monday to five counts of fraud committed over nearly five years.