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Mrs Brown’s Boys star received death threats for supporting Israel

By Rosa Doherty, March 11, 2015

One of the leading actors in the hit BBC comedy Mrs Brown's Boys has said he received death threats after a video of him hosting an event at the Israeli embassy went viral.

Rory Cowan spoke at the embassy in Dublin on Israel independence day in May 2013.


SNP leader dismayed by antisemitism in Scotland

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2015

The level of antisemitic abuse in Scotland in the past year has been dismaying, a leading politician has said.

The Scottish National Party’s Westminster leader, Angus Robertson, addressed the issue in a meeting with Jewish leaders.


Jemma Wayne longlisted for £30,000 Baileys fiction prize

By JC Reporter, March 10, 2015

Jemma Wayne has been longlisted for the £30,000 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction for her debut novel After Before.

Ms Wayne joins 19 other writers, including Sarah Waters, Rachel Cusk and Anne Tyler.

She said she was “thrilled.

“It’s a real honour to be in such great company."

Her book is about three women facing profound challenges in their lives.


Wingate fans and players face hate abuse because of club’s Jewish roots

By Rosa Doherty, March 10, 2015

Wingate & Finchley football club has said its players and supporters experience antisemitic abuse at least once a season, because of the team’s Jewish roots.

Director of the Ryman Premier Division side Paul Lerman said: “We have had incidences of verbal antisemitism, which is unfortunate.”

“We’re doing everything we can to stamp it out.


Federation says its kosher meat operation is not causing communal disunity

By Simon Rocker, March 10, 2015

The Federation of Synagogues has rejected claims of causing conflict in London’s kosher meat market by launching a new range of products aimed at strictly Orthodox consumers.

Benjamin Mire, president of the London Board of Shechita, the licensing body for mainstream kosher butchers, last week spoke of his “shock” at learning of the planned Federation operation.


Inquest into death of Jeremiah Duggan delayed until May

By Rosa Doherty, March 9, 2015

An inquest into the death of a north London student who died under suspicious circumstances in Germany has been delayed.

Jeremiah Duggan was 22 when was found dead on the roadside in the town of Wiesbaden in 2003 after attending a youth event organised by Larouche, widely regarded as a cult-like group.


Claims of new kosher meat operation prompt concern over communal unity

By Simon Rocker, March 9, 2015

The Federation of Synagogues has been accused of trying to launch a separate shechita operation in conflict with the supervising body for London’s mainstream kosher meat market.

Benjamin Mire, the president of the London Board for Shechita (LBS), has written to Federation president Andrew Cohen to express concern and disappointment at what he called “shocking matters”.


Rowntree Trust ends funding to Cage after Emwazi links revealed

By Marcus Dysch, March 9, 2015

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) has confirmed it will end its funding of a group linked to Islamic State terrorist Mohammed Emwazi.

The trust’s decision comes after the Charity Commission monitored its payments to Cage.


Jewish leaders back We Stand Together campaign against hate

By JC Reporter, March 8, 2015

Jewish communal leaders have helped launch a new national effort to combat hate and extremism.

Vivian Wineman, the president of the Board of Deputies, Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence of Finchley United Synagogue, and Rabbi Herschel Gluck joined Muslim and Christian figures, and senior Metropolitan Police officers on Sunday to unveil the We Stand Together campaign.


BBC defends Jeremy Bowen over Netanyahu tweet

By Rosa Doherty, March 6, 2015

The BBC has defended a tweet sent by Jeremy Bowen during Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress on Tuesday.

Mr Bowen tweeted after the Israeli prime minister mentioned Elie Wiesel, a survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who was present.

Mr Bowen wrote “once again Netanyahu plays the holocaust card”.