Birmingham

Voice of hope in UK Muslims for Israel

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2011

The latest pro-Israel advocacy group emanates from an unlikely source, but is dedicated to turning the tables on the delegitimisation campaign.

British Muslims for Israel aims to challenge perceptions within the Muslim community about life in the country, according to one of its founders, Hasan Afzal.

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Birmingham embraces EU

March 24, 2011

All speakers invited to appear at the University of Birmingham will, in future, be required to adhere to the EU Monitoring Committee's working definition of antisemitism.

Birmingham Guild of Students passed a motion last week requiring all societies and speakers to work with the EUMC guidelines to ensure incidents on campus do not allow antisemitic language or behaviour.

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'Light Shabbat candles in Fogels memory'

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

A Chabad woman from Birmingham has started a worldwide movement to get Jewish women to light Shabbat candles in memory of the murdered Fogel family in Itamar.

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Secret sanctions after Gaza death camp jibe

By Robyn Rosen, February 24, 2011

The University of Birmingham union has refused to explain what disciplinary action it has taken against its Friends of Palestine Society after it hosted a US army veteran who compared Gaza to a concen

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Birmingham Palestine society inquiry

By Robyn Rosen, February 10, 2011

Birmingham University's Friends of Palestine Society is under investigation after a talk it hosted during which US army veteran Mike Prysner compared Gaza to a concentration camp.

Birmingham Guild of Students (the student union) has received 60 complaints about the event, held on January 26, the same day as the university held a Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration.

During his lecture, Mr Prysner said: "Gaza, quite literally, is one massive concentration camp.

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Time to burst the Birmingham bubble?

By Marcus Dysch, February 10, 2011

Wandering around campus, a student is likely to bump into a few acquaintances - coursemates, Facebook friends, perhaps the peculiar guy from first year whose name they can't remember.

But for Birmingham's Jewish student population "a few" doesn't cover it. Gila Gordan said: "There are thousands of students here but I bump into Jewish people I know absolutely everywhere. My non-Jewish friends ask how I know them all."

For 19-year-old Gila, who chose to study in Birmingham for the "full experience of a Jewish social life", the situation is not a problem.

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Jobs go as JNF cuts on education spending

By Simon Rocker, January 20, 2011

JNF UK has closed its education department and made nine staff redundant in further cost-cutting measures.
But the charity promised to strengthen its national presence with the opening of a new northern regional office in "the coming weeks".

JNF has shut offices in Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Leeds as part of its streamlining.

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Anti-Israel 'Shoah' site 'deliberately causes offence to survivors'

January 6, 2011

A UK-based anti-Israel website with the web address shoah.org.uk has been described as "sickening" and "abhorrent".

The website, called Shoah: The Palestinian Holocaust, refers to "Israhell" and uses terms such as "Zio=Nazi racists".

The site is registered to web designers Creative Spring, which gives its address as the Custard Factory, an arts and media centre in Birmingham.

Creative Spring bought the domain name from an American web hosting company.

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Burial row shul tries to go it alone

By Cathy Forman, December 9, 2010

Frustrated by its long-running dispute over burial fees with Birmingham Hebrew Congregation, the city's Central Synagogue is to undertake a feasibility study into establishing its own cemetery.

The Hebrew Congregation (Singers Hill) administers the Witton and Brandwood End cemeteries and Central leaders have been infuriated by steep rises in burial fees and maintenance charges for its members.

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Walking tubes and rugelach on the go

By Jennifer Lipman, November 5, 2010

London is either a student's dream or nightmare. On the one hand, there are world-class academic institutions and bars and clubs for every taste. On the other, you have to get the tube to class and rents can be astronomical.

As second-year Queen Mary University student Danni Godsi puts it, "it really depends on the type of person".

The city's Jewish student body is thought to number around 2,000, but the true figure is probably higher, as not everyone signs up for JSoc. Around 30 universities are covered by UJS, with at least 20 JSocs in the capital.

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