Manchester

Police increase patrols after fears of Kedem-style protest

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 11, 2014

Police have increased patrols in a Jewish area of Salford amid fears that local businesses could be targeted by pro-Palestinian boycotters.

Greater Manchester Police said it had assigned more officers to Leicester Road, a main shopping street lined with stores selling kosher goods. The move came after a man was witnessed taking photos of shops in the area.

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Support for shop boycotts

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 14, 2014

A survey in Manchester found 62 per cent of people agreed with boycotting "Jewish-owned shops" in the city as picketers of the Kedem cosmetic store claim pro-Israel demonstrators have teamed up with the far right.

Local news site Mancunian Matters posed the question: "Are Palestine supporters right to protest outside Jewish-owned shops in Manchester?" Editor David Keane said his site was contac

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Clean break for veterans

August 14, 2014

Manchester welfare charity The Fed stepped into the breach when a Salford ex-servicemen's care home was without laundry services during essential work to its premises.

The Fed was asked for help by Broughton House, which provides nursing care for elderly war veterans. The charities had previously forged links over employment issues.

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Linked by technology

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 14, 2014

A major tie-up between hi-tech companies in Cheshire and Israel has been sparked by a Tel Aviv visit by a science park delegation arranged by the British-Israel Chamber of Commerce North West.

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Good sports seek help on funding

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 14, 2014

Jewish sports and well-being groups are being encouraged to apply for some of the £1 million in unused cash from a Bury Council drive to get women exercising.

The "I Will If You Will" campaign was targeted to spend £2.38 million of Lottery and Sport England cash by September and the low disbursement has attracted criticism.

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Salford schools face places crisis

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 7, 2014

A baby boom in Salford will leave local Jewish schools facing huge pressure on places.

Salford has one of the UK's fastest-growing Jewish populations and its schools have begun lobbying for funding to expand existing buildings. One independent Charedi school is attempting to buy a Salford care home which has larger premises.

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Boycott protests 'ignored'

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 7, 2014

Police have been criticised for going soft on anti-Israel boycotters in Manchester in order to reduce confrontation.

City councillors want to move a snowballing protest away from the Kedem Israeli cosmetics store, expecting to draw thousands this weekend.

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Fed seeking a Minor gift

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 31, 2014

Manchester welfare charity The Fed is looking for a car - but not just any old car. A 1960s Morris Minor, or something similar, is sought as the centrepiece for a garden for dementia sufferers at its Heathlands care campus, which is undergoing a multi-million pound redevelopment.

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A healthy north is just the job

July 31, 2014

Maccabi GB is spreading its health conscious wings to the north with the appointment of Oliver Grant as its first regional sports development co-ordinator, in partnership with UJIA.

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Staff at Israeli store face death threats

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 31, 2014

Police are investigating racist death and fire-bomb threats by pro-Palestinian boycotters against a shop which sells Israeli cosmetics.

Kedem, in Manchester, reported phone calls, at one point every five minutes, from callers threatening to burn down the shop, beat up or kill staff.

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