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Rabbi blasts hair kippah

By Josh Jackman, February 12, 2015

The invention of a human-hair kippah — to enable Jews to hide their faith while walking in dangerous areas — has come under fire.

Shalom Koresh, a hairdresser from Rehovot in Israel, came up with the kippah (pictured below) after seeing rising antisemitism in Europe.

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Israeli activist: ‘Ecology can bring peace’

By Josh Jackman, February 12, 2015

The former deputy mayor of Jerusalem has said that Israelis and Palestinians can achieve peace by working together on environmental issues.

Naomi Tsur campaigned on green issues throughout her five-year term, and resigned in 2013 over what she saw as mayor Nir Barkat’s decision to downgrade environmental policies.

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Manchester council rejects move to fly Palestinian flag

By Josh Jackman, February 11, 2015

A Manchester City Council committee has rejected a proposal to fly the Palestinian flag over the town hall.

The Communities Scrutiny Committee turned down the move on Wednesday afternoon. The decision, which was welcomed by the Board of Deputies, will now have to be ratified by the full city council.

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Rev Stephen Sizer showed 'appalling' judgement over antisemitic post, says his bishop

By Josh Jackman, February 9, 2015

The Bishop of Guildford has condemned Reverend Stephen Sizer as displaying “appalling” judgement over his anti-Israel posts, but denied that the vicar had been deliberately antisemitic.

He promised that if Rev Sizer repeated his behaviour, he would be dismissed.

Rev Sizer, who has a parish in Surrey, posted a link to an article suggesting Israel carried out the 9/11 attack.

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Google investigating abuse on Maps service

By Josh Jackman, February 9, 2015

Google is investigating how the description “Essex jews place of worship” was added to Liverpool’s Anfield stadium on its Maps service.

The phrase appeared on the site for three hours on Monday, ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s match at Anfield on tomorrow night.

Google has now removed it.

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Church bans vicar Stephen Sizer from social media over antisemitic posts

By Josh Jackman, February 9, 2015

A vicar who posted a link to an article suggesting Israel carried out the 9/11 attacks has been banned from saying anything about the Middle East on any platform.

Rev Stephen Sizer has been told not to write, speak, tweet or blog on the subject, and also cannot use social media for six months without being relieved of his position.

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Polish Holocaust movie wins Bafta

By Josh Jackman, February 9, 2015

A Polish film about a young nun who finds out her parents were Jews killed in the Holocaust has won a Bafta award.

Ida won Best Foreign Language Film at the ceremony at the Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House on Sunday night, making it three wins for director Pawel Pawlikowski.

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Sky apologises over Chief Rabbi interview

By Josh Jackman, February 5, 2015

Sky News has apologised for showing images of the Gaza conflict during a Holocaust Memorial Day interview with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

Peter Lowe, Sky News’ managing editor, was responding to viewer Jacqui Rudolph, who complained about presenter Adam Boulton’s questioning on whether Israel provokes antisemitism.

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It was tranquil here. Then they said, let's bring back Hitler

By Josh Jackman, February 5, 2015

A proposed boycott by Cornish Jews has led a fishing town to reconsider its decision to erect a sign naming a local park "Hitlers Walk".

The unusual title was originally created by Mevagissey residents in the 1930s in reference to an unnamed, despotic local councillor, but the sign was removed in 2005 following objections.

Harvey Kurzfield, chairperson of the Cornish Jewish community, report

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Found: most overbearing Jewish mother in world

By Josh Jackman, February 5, 2015

Jewish mothers have a reputation for being overbearing, but Kate Siegel's mother takes it a step further than most.

On the receiving end of text messages such as "I really worry about ur vagina" and "U can't skip two workouts.

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Loving the Limmud line-up

By Josh Jackman, February 5, 2015

MP Ivan Lewis, Board of Deputies leaders Laura Marks and Alex Brummer and the UK's senior Sephardi rabbi, Joseph Dweck, were among the speakers who drew a crowd of 600 to Manchester Limmud on Sunday.

The programme at William Hulme's Grammar School covered subjects as diverse as antisemitism, meditation and circus skills.

Co-chair Rebecca Lewis said feedback had been overwhelmingly positive.

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Manchester moves to involve young planners

By Josh Jackman, February 5, 2015

Young adults are being given an opportunity to shape their own future in Manchester in a bid to stem the drift of twentysomethings to London.

As part of a proposed restructuring, Manchester Jewish Representative Council will create an executive youth and community working group as one of six elements of its operations.

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Aberdare says thanks for the memories to its former synagogue

By Josh Jackman, February 5, 2015

A Welsh synagogue that once served a thriving community has been recognised as historically significant by the local council.

Last Thursday, a blue plaque was unveiled at Aberdare Library at a ceremony also marking Holocaust Memorial Day.

The plaque will soon be moved to the property which was used as a synagogue for nearly
seven decades until the final service in 1957.

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Anelka free to play in England after completing FA quenelle punishment

By Josh Jackman, February 2, 2015

Footballer Nicolas Anelka, who was banned for making a quenelle gesture, is free to play in England again.

The Football Association has confirmed that the former Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea striker recently completed his mandatory education course, in addition to serving a five-game ban, and therefore can again join a club in England.

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Survey finds 35 per cent of Britons feel “especially unfavourable” towards Israel

By Josh Jackman, February 2, 2015

Britons dislike Israel more than almost any other country, a YouGov poll has found.

The survey was conducted in August during the Gaza conflict, but was published only last week by Chatham House, the UK’s most prestigious foreign affairs think tank.

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Cornish Jews call for village boycott over park called ‘Hitlers Walk’

By Josh Jackman, February 2, 2015

Jews in Cornwall are calling for a boycott of a fishing village over the erection of a sign naming a local park “Hitlers Walk”.

Harvey Kurzfield, chairperson of the Cornish Jewish community, was reported as calling the decision “outrageous and completely unfeeling”.

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Foreign Office warns UK tourists: don’t travel by bus in Tel Aviv

By Josh Jackman, January 30, 2015

The government has warned British tourists not to travel on buses in Tel Aviv.

The Foreign Office updated its travel advice concerning Israel on Friday morning, just over a week after a Palestinian terrorist stabbed 13 people on Tel Aviv’s number 40 bus.

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Church of England investigates vicar for posts linking Israel to 9/11 attack

By Josh Jackman, January 30, 2015

A vicar who posted a link to an article suggesting Israel carried out the 9/11 attacks is being investigated by the Church of England.

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Charles: we must honour Shoah victims

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

The Prince of Wales has described the Holocaust as "not just a Jewish tragedy, but a warning to all of us".

Addressing survivors and leading political and religious figures at the UK's national Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at Central Hall, Westminster, on Tuesday, the prince said the Shoah was "an unparalleled tragedy and an act of evil unique in history.

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Israel gets a mention after ban

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

There were many references to Israel at the Irish national HMD ceremony in Dublin, despite a pre-event instruction by the Holocaust Educational Trust Ireland that there should be no mention of the Jewish state.

Last year, the trust imposed a ban on its mention, which long-standing host Yanky Fachler reluctantly accepted.

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