Josh Jackman

Israeli teams find out their Europa League fate

By Josh Jackman, August 26, 2016

Israeli champions Hapoel Be'er Sheva have been drawn with Southampton and Italian giants Inter Milan in their Europa League group.

Hapoel dropped into Europe’s secondary club competition after narrowly failing to qualify for the Champions League group stage, losing to Scottish champions Celtic 5-4 over two legs.

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'We reserved a seat this time,' Jeremy Corbyn tells Jewish family on train to Glasgow

By Josh Jackman, August 25, 2016

When a Jewish father met Jeremy Corbyn in the queue for a train to Glasgow this morning, there was only one question he could ask.

After a week in which the Labour leader had argued with Virgin Trains about whether or not he had a seat on a trip to Newcastle, it was near-unavoidable.

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We're up for the cha-cha-challenge say Strictly trio

By Josh Jackman, August 25, 2016

The sparkle, spotlight and sequins of Strictly Come Dancing will feature three Jewish celebrities this year, with Lesley Joseph, Robert Rinder and Daisy Lowe due to take part in the show.

The contestants will be hoping to follow in the dance steps of Natasha Kaplinsky, the TV presenter who won the first series of the BBC programme in 2004.

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University protester guilty

By Josh Jackman, August 25, 2016

A pro-Palestinian protester who disrupted a university's Israel Society event has been found guilty of assault by beating.

Two Jewish students were subjected to a volley of abuse, including being called Nazis, as they held off a mob of demonstrators during the lecture at King's College London in January.

The talk by Ami Ayalon, a former head of Israel's Shin Bet security agency, was interrup

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No room for gesture musician

By Josh Jackman, August 25, 2016

A songwriter who caused controversy with an antisemitic quenelle gesture is not expected to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year.

Alison Chabloz claimed on Tuesday that her 45-minute show Tell Me More Lies would run for four days during the festival at a central venue. But the site did not include her in its online listings.

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Social media sites are failing on terror, say MPs

By Josh Jackman, August 25, 2016

The Community Security Trust has welcomed a parliamentary report which accuses Facebook, Twitter and YouTube of “consciously failing” to combat promotion of terrorism on their sites.

The Commons’ Home Affairs Select Committee said social media platforms had become “the vehicle of choice in spreading propaganda and the recruiting platforms for terrorism”.

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Jeremy Corbyn 'misinformed' over Bernie Sanders 'support'

By Josh Jackman, August 24, 2016

Senator Bernie Sanders has denied that he sent a message of support to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Corbyn told supporters at a phone bank event on Monday that the Jewish senator, who lost out to Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic Party nomination, had favourably compared the two politicians.

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn later admitted that this was a mistake.

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Father claims abuser told him: 'Jews, go back to Isra-hell'

By Josh Jackman, August 24, 2016

Police are investigating an alleged antisemitic incident in which a man told a Jewish family: “Don’t come round here. Go to Stamford Hill. You’re not welcome.”

A 31-year-old Jewish man was reportedly about to travel on the Emirates Air Line cable car in east London with his family and children when the confrontation happened.

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Pro-Palestinian protester guilty of King's College assault

By Josh Jackman, August 24, 2016

One of the pro-Palestinian protesters who disrupted a university’s Israel Society event has been found guilty of assault by beating.

Two Jewish students were subjected to a volley of abuse, including being called “Nazis”, as they held off a mob of demonstrators during the lecture at King’s College London, in January.

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Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith outline positions on Jewish issues

By Josh Jackman, August 23, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn has reiterated his support for boycotts of Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

In response to a letter sent by the Board of Deputies to both Labour leadership candidates, the party’s current leader emphasised that he could not fully support the “Ten Commitments” in the Board's Jewish manifesto.

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Suspended for comparing Mossad to the Nazis, but Labour activist is pictured with Jeremy Corbyn

By Josh Jackman, August 23, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn was pictured standing next to a suspended Labour activist at an event last night.

David Watson, a fundraising co-ordinator for the Walthamstow Labour Party, was suspended in May after the JC brought to light his antisemitic posts on social media.

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Israeli champions to face Celtic in crucial Champions League playoff

By Josh Jackman, August 5, 2016

Israeli league winners Hapoel Beersheva will play Scottish Premiership winners Celtic for a place in the Champions League group stage.

The Israeli team, which picked up its first championship trophy for 40 years last season, will travel to Glasgow on August 16 or 17 for the first of two matches.

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Cycling rabbi goes the distance on fast day

By Josh Jackman, August 5, 2016

Kingston Synagogue's minister is saddle sore but satisfied after cycling 100 miles to raise more than £3,000 which will be split between Jewish Care and mental health charity Jami.

Rabbi Samuel Landau completed the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 in a shade over five hours. The time would have been even better had he not crashed half-an-hour into the event.

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EU vote sparks Portuguese passports rush

By Josh Jackman, August 4, 2016

There has been a surge in the number of British Jews applying for Portuguese citizenship following the vote to leave the European Union.

Around 300 Jews have submitted applications in the six weeks since the referendum result, compared to five in the whole of last year.

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Israeli training course for parents gets a boost from Bill Clinton

By Josh Jackman, August 3, 2016

An Israeli educational programme for preschool children has received “an unbelievable international response” after being name-checked by former US president Bill Clinton.

At the Democratic National Convention last week, Hillary Clinton’s husband praised her for bringing the Hippy (Home Instruction for Parents and Preschool Youngsters) initiative to the US.

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Scottish Jews and Christians to heal 'damaged' relationship

By Josh Jackman, August 3, 2016

Scottish Jews and the Church have announced reconciliation talks, three years after Christian congregants were told they should not support Jewish claims to Israel.

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (ScoJeC) and Church of Scotland plan discussions leading to a joint resource “with agreed theological terms and references,” ScoJeC has revealed.

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May talks to Netanyahu about improving Britain-Israel ties

By Josh Jackman, August 3, 2016

Theresa May has spoken to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time since taking over at 10 Downing Street.

The new British prime minister talked to her Israeli counterpart about global terrorism and other issues affecting the Middle East after he wished her luck in her new role.

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Grassroots campaign calls on Government to stop Hamas attacks on Israel

By Josh Jackman, August 2, 2016

A grassroots campaign has been launched calling on the British government to exert diplomatic pressure on Hamas to stop attacks on Israel.

The Israel Britain Alliance, which is led by the former Labour Friends of Israel vice-chair, Michael McCann, has asked supporters to email Boris Johnson before the recent spate of terror incidents becomes another full-blown conflict.

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Israeli gaming firm snapped up by Chinese buyers for £3bn

By Josh Jackman, August 2, 2016

An Israeli gaming company has been sold for more than £3 billion to a Chinese consortium.

Playtika, whose mobile casino games including World Series of Poker and Slotomania have attracted tens of millions of downloads, secured the third-largest amount ever for an Israeli business.

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New Forest minister is hailed by the Chief

By Josh Jackman, July 29, 2016

Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg was moved by the tribute of Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis at his induction service at Woodford Forest United Synagogue, which was attended by 250 people.

"He spoke about my personal qualities, about my community service and about getting involved, not because it was good for me, but because it was the right thing to do, which I really appreciated," Rabbi Wollenberg said

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