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Organiser of far-right rally arrested over alleged antisemitic tweets

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

White supremacist activist Joshua Bonehill-Paine, who has organised a rally against the "Jewification of Great Britain", has been arrested for inciting racial hatred and reportedly banned from entering London.

A Scotland Yard spokesperson said a 22-year-old was apprehended on Friday because of "two visual and written publications on the internet".

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Board of Deputies treasurer 'bursting to criticise Israeli administration'

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

Outgoing Board of Deputies treasurer Laurence Brass has aimed a parting shot at the Israeli government, saying that he has “been bursting to criticise the Israeli administration” for six years.

Mr Brass will stand down from the executive because he “could not contemplate another three years of not being able to speak freely”, he told a Board plenary meeting on Sunday.

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Princess Anne praises Nightingale war effort

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

The Princess Royal paid tribute to the bravery of three female wartime secret agents with a Nightingale House connection when she visited the Clapham care home on Wednesday.

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They could have danced all night

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

A seven-hour Israeli dance marathon has raised £6,500 for cancer charities.

Around 170 supporters of north London charity Dance for Life — founded in 2001 in memory of a dancer — took to the floor at a Wembley school in aid of Chai Cancer Care and Cancer Research UK.

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Cash-strapped Liverpool shul makes minister redundant

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

Crippling finances have forced a major Liverpool synagogue to part company with its popular minister.

Childwall Hebrew Congregation has agreed a redundancy package with Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg, having calculated that its remaining reserves of £25,000 would be exhausted by the end of 2016 if he remained. The minister, who joined the synagogue in 2011, will serve three months’ notice.

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Edinburgh House is to move from Wembley

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

Sephardi residential home Edinburgh House is looking to move to a new site after 38 years in its north-west London premises.

The executive of the Wembley home, caring for 51 elderly clients, decided to relocate after assessing the level of modernisation required on the current site.

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Israeli court absolves army over Corrie death

By Josh Jackman, February 13, 2015

Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled the army was not responsible for the death of American activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed in Gaza by a military bulldozer in 2003.

The court upheld the ruling of the lower Haifa District Court three years ago that the Israeli Defence Forces were not liable for the victim while she was in a war zone.

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Islamic State is a virus, says Gulf official

By Josh Jackman, February 12, 2015

A government official from the Gulf has said that Islamic State spreads extremism throughout the region by praying on uneducated preachers and journalists.

In a wide-ranging interview with the JC, the official called IS “the virus of small ideas”, and predicted that the Arab world would be fighting Islamic extremism for at least the next 30 years.

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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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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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