Josh Jackman

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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Police alerted over antisemitic graffiti in Stamford Hill

By Josh Jackman, July 25, 2016

A spate of obscene antisemitic graffiti has been reported to police.

The message, reading “F*** YIDS”, was scrawled on a sign saying “Refugees and Immigrants Welcome,” as well as at three other locations in Stamford Hill, north-east London.

Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer security group, discovered the graffiti today and alerted the police.

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Marks targets hate crime in Shoah trust job

By Josh Jackman, July 21, 2016

Laura Marks has begun her stint as the chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust by calling for increased educational outreach to combat rising hate crime.

The Mitzvah Day founder, who has served the trust for two years as vice-chair, noted that a record 5,500 events were organised for HMD 2016.

Yet "racial tensions are running high. We are worried about intolerance.

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Brighton unveils memorial to its first Jewish settler

By Josh Jackman, July 21, 2016

Rosemary Totton had been searching for information about her great-great-great-great-grandfather Israel Samuel since 2003.

And on discovering that 250 years ago, he was the first Jew to settle in Brighton, Mrs Totton, husband Alan and son Joshua made the 11,000-mile journey from their New Zealand home to witness a blue plaque ceremony organised as part of the anniversary celebrations.

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'Israel is creating terrorists with a justified grudge', Baroness Tonge claims

By Josh Jackman, July 21, 2016

Baroness Tonge has accused Israel of being responsible for the rise of Islamist terrorism and Daesh.

The life peer told the House of Lords that Israel was provoking a generation of violent extremists who would have “a justified grudge” against Israel and Britain.

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Young, working and can't plan a future

By Josh Jackman, July 21, 2016

"A lot of people of my age aren't comfortable making long-term commitments - like meeting a partner and building a relationship - when they don't have control over where they live."

Pip Moss, a 26-year-old paralegal,wanted the security of being able to plan a future. So, 18 months ago, he moved from London to Manchester. And he is not alone.

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'Toxic' NUS is no longer safe for Jews, says official

By Josh Jackman, July 21, 2016

A senior member of the National Union of Students has said the movement is "toxic" and warned that it is an unsafe space for Jews.

Izzy Lenga, who has served for two years on the organisation's National Executive Council, said that Jewish students were the victims of "double standards" and, as a result, did not want to get involved in the union.

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Leading Israeli Jon Medved entrepreneur set for London

By Josh Jackman, July 21, 2016

He is one of Israel's leading venture capitalists. Now entrepreneur Jon Medved plans to bring his business to Britain.

Mr Medved's crowd-funding company OurCrowd has pumped more than £170 million into nearly 100 companies while promoting Israel.

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