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Chanucah surprises

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2014

A charity will be lighting up the faces of young and old this Chanucah by visiting care homes and hospitals with presents and menorahs galore.

Israeli welfare charity Yad Ezra, known in the UK as Helping Hand, has made more than 3,200 care packages to give out during Chanucah parties for anyone who can't be at home for the festival.

Efrayim Goldstein, who is the charity's London co-ordinator

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I grew up with hate, but Israeli aid changed that

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2014

A Syrian aid worker brought up to hate the Jewish state but now working with an Israeli humanitarion aid organisation says the civil war is a chance to bring the nations together.

Amin Ahmed says that by helping some of Syria's 3.1 million refugees, Israel can "change everything".

Mr Ahmed, who has helped refugees since the conflict began in 2011, said: "There are moments in history where it

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UN schools are 'teaching kids jihad'

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2014

Middle East monitors have accused the United Nations Relief and Works Agency of teaching Palestinian children "a curriculum of war".

The criticism of Unwra, which provides humanitarian services to Palestinian refugees and their descendants, came during a during a panel discussion on the UN agency's role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the House of Commons this week.

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Why charity head had to cancel Dave Whelan talk

By Josh Jackman, December 8, 2014

The chairman of a charity who asked Dave Whelan to speak at a prestigious event has expressed his disappointment at being forced to cancel the invitation 24 hours later.

Brian White, head of Manchester Jewish Community Care, wanted to give the Wigan Athletic chairman a chance to apologise for his remarks that Jews are “shrewd people” who “chase money more than everybody else”.

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FA charges Balotelli over Instagram post

By Josh Jackman, December 5, 2014

Mario Balotelli has been charged by the Football Association for the allegedly antisemitic post he reblogged on Instagram.

A statement on the governing body’s website said: “It is alleged the Liverpool player breached FA Rule E3[1] in that his posting was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper.

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Nigel Farage: Muslims to blame for antisemitism

By Josh Jackman, December 5, 2014

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has blamed Muslims for what he called “a sharp rise in antisemitism” in Britain and Europe.

Speaking during his weekly phone-in show on London’s LBC Radio, Mr Farage told a caller from Highgate: “I have detected quite a sharp rise in antisemitism, not just in this country, but across the rest of Europe too.

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Balotelli tells FA he is victim of racist abuse

By Josh Jackman, December 5, 2014

Mario Balotelli has submitted examples of racist abuse he has faced online as part of his observations to the Football Association.

The Liverpool striker has until 6pm today to give the FA investigation an explanation for his post on Instagram earlier this week which said Nintendo character Mario “grabs coins like a Jew”.

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FA gives Dave Whelan extra time to respond to racism charge

By Josh Jackman, December 4, 2014

Dave Whelan has been given another week by the Football Association to respond to a charge of racism.

The Wigan Athletic chairman facing action over his comments that Jews are “shrewd people” who “chase money more than everybody else”.

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Balotelli misses target and FA investigate

By Josh Jackman, December 4, 2014

The Football Association is investigating an Instagram post by Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli.

The footballer reblogged an image featuring Nintendo character Mario, with the caption "jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew". Despite deleting the post and apologising to fans, the Italy international could face a five-game ban.

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Mental health: the key issues we all have to face

By Josh Jackman, December 4, 2014

Across society and within the Jewish community, invisible illnesses are stigmatised and brushed under the carpet.

While, statistically, everyone probably knows someone experiencing a mental health problem, few are aware of it.

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Supporters raise a toast as Jami comes of age

By Josh Jackman, December 4, 2014

The Jewish Association for the Mentally Ill celebrated the start of its 25th year in style, raising £200,000 with a champagne tea at the Savoy Hotel.

Shadow public health minister Luciana Berger, told the audience: "Mental health is an issue I am so passionate about.

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Three Israelis injured in West Bank terror attack

By Josh Jackman, December 3, 2014

Palestinian terrorists have attacked three Israelis in the West Bank city of Ma’ale Adumim, four miles north east of Jerusalem.

Two of the victims, both men in their 50s, were stabbed in a Rami Levy supermarket. The third casualty was a Magen David Adom paramedic who fought one of the two terrorists.

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FA investigating Mario Balotelli over Jews and money post

By Josh Jackman, December 2, 2014

The Football Association is investigating an allegedly antisemitic post by Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli.

The footballer reblogged another user’s image on Instagram last night that featured the Nintendo character Mario, with the caption “jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew”.

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Third terror attack at Gush Etzion junction

By Josh Jackman, December 1, 2014

A 19-year-old man has been wounded in another terrorist attack at a junction in the West Bank.

The victim was stabbed in the shoulder by a female terrorist at the Gush Etzion intersection this morning. His injuries were minor and he did not need to be hospitalised.

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Family baffled by mysterious changes to 70-year-old graves

By Josh Jackman, November 27, 2014

Two gravestones have been mysteriously altered - and no one knows how or why.

Relatives were shocked to find that headstones at the graves of Joseph and Mary Morris, who have been buried side-by-side in Edmonton Federation Cemetery for 70 years, had been altered and given different wording.

David Harris, a great-grandchild, made the discovery when he visited a week ago.

Mr Harris said: "T

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Thousands raised to help Ebola's hidden victims

By Josh Jackman, November 27, 2014

A UK Jewish charity is working to save what it calls the hidden victims of the Ebola epidemic.

World Jewish Relief's appeal has raised £100,000 to help African children orphaned by the disease.

The money will allow the charity to supply food, bedding and clothing to 1,188 children in Sierra Leone.

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Georgia on her mind - WJR's work moves Maitlis

By Josh Jackman, November 27, 2014

Emily Maitlis gave an emotional account of her visit to World Jewish Relief projects in Georgia at WJR's dinner on Monday, recalling the "smiles and hope" that "very tiny, practical gifts" brought to impoverished children.

The journalist and broadcaster had tears in her eyes as she told the 420 guests about the conditions for a family in Rustavi, a south-eastern city which sunk into poverty aft

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René Cassin recognised for anti-racist campaign

By Josh Jackman, November 27, 2014

London-based human rights charity René Cassin has received an award for fighting racism, particularly prejudice against the gypsy, traveller and Roma communities in the UK.

Over the past year, the charity has brought together Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Bahá'í leaders to educate and consult on how to eliminate discrimination within their communities against the traveller population.

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Poverty charity gets politician's vote

By Josh Jackman, November 27, 2014

Former Middle East Minister Alastair Burt has praised the work of poverty-fighting charity Meir Panim and its British branch Manna at a House of Commons reception.

"You have to reach beyond politics and I think Manna is a way of doing that," Mr Burt said.

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Iran nuclear deadline pushed back to July 2015

By Josh Jackman, November 24, 2014

The deadline for a deal to halt Iran’s nuclear weapons programme has been pushed back seven months.

The US, UK, Russia, China, France and Germany originally set a deadline for today, but failed to reach a long-term deal that would take the place of the interim agreement signed in Geneva last year.

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