Jonathan Kalmus

Police to move protesters away from Kedem store

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 22, 2014

Police have put a stop to a five-week protest outside a Jewish-owned shop which sells Israeli products.

Pro-Palestinian activists and Israel-supporting counter-protesters will be moved away from the Kedem store, in a central Manchester, to a nearby "designated protest area”.

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Wineman on Kedem

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 21, 2014

Cries of "the Jews killed Jesus" rang from the Kedem picket when Vivian Wineman visited on Wednesday.

The president of the Board of Deputies had come to Manchester to view for himself the ongoing protests outside the Israeli-owned cosmetic store and the barracking from the pro-Palestinian activists.

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Ambassador turns Bradford Israeli

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 21, 2014

Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub has made a high-profile stand against George Galloway's call for Bradford to be an "Israeli-free zone".

Mr Taub visited the city this week to talk to councillors from the its three main political parties.

Mr Galloway, the Respect Party MP for Bradford West, responded on Twitter by accusing the councillors of welcoming a "mouthpiece for murder".

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Butcher's shop makes the cut as monument

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 21, 2014

The frontage of a former kosher butcher's shop that supplied the Titanic is set to be preserved as a monument in Liverpool's city centre.

A £1.5 million redevelopment proposal by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, which bought the Galkoff's site, includes plans to painstakingly remove the shop-front's iconic green tiles and ironwork and reconstruct them as a free-standing sculpture.

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'Obnoxious' rant charge unlikely

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 14, 2014

George Galloway is unlikely to face prosecution under racism laws after he told a Leeds audience to ban visits by Israelis and mimic Bradford as an "Israel-free zone".

The Respect MP, speaking at a party meeting in Leeds last week, said: "We don't even want Israeli tourists to come to Bradford even if any of them had thought of doing so.

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Support for shop boycotts

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 14, 2014

A survey in Manchester found 62 per cent of people agreed with boycotting "Jewish-owned shops" in the city as picketers of the Kedem cosmetic store claim pro-Israel demonstrators have teamed up with the far right.

Local news site Mancunian Matters posed the question: "Are Palestine supporters right to protest outside Jewish-owned shops in Manchester?" Editor David Keane said his site was contac

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Linked by technology

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 14, 2014

A major tie-up between hi-tech companies in Cheshire and Israel has been sparked by a Tel Aviv visit by a science park delegation arranged by the British-Israel Chamber of Commerce North West.

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Good sports seek help on funding

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 14, 2014

Jewish sports and well-being groups are being encouraged to apply for some of the £1 million in unused cash from a Bury Council drive to get women exercising.

The "I Will If You Will" campaign was targeted to spend £2.38 million of Lottery and Sport England cash by September and the low disbursement has attracted criticism.

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Boys admit vandalism at Jewish cemetery in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 8, 2014

Two 13-year-old boys have admitted vandalising headstones at a Jewish cemetery.

The boys, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal damage at Manchester and Salford youth court today, with both telling the magistrate: "I did it".

In June dozens of headstones were found smashed at Blackley cemetery in north Manchester.

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Game creator back on board after inspiring walk with her dog

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 8, 2014

Ten years ago, Beverley Ross created a board game which won a contest on a Discovery Channel reality TV show and was all set to be launched on to the market.

But it never made it to the toyshop shelves. A similar game called Cranium was brought out around the same time, causing production of Ms Ross's game to be abandoned.

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Manchester shop staff hold their own protest over Kedem demonstrations

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 7, 2014

Retailers in Manchester are calling on police to move protesters away from city centre shops because the disruption is causing the loss of thousands of pounds worth of business.

Pro-Palestinian activists have been demonstrating outside Kedem, an Israeli cosmetics store, since the Gaza conflict began.

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Salford schools face places crisis

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 7, 2014

A baby boom in Salford will leave local Jewish schools facing huge pressure on places.

Salford has one of the UK's fastest-growing Jewish populations and its schools have begun lobbying for funding to expand existing buildings. One independent Charedi school is attempting to buy a Salford care home which has larger premises.

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Boycott protests 'ignored'

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 7, 2014

Police have been criticised for going soft on anti-Israel boycotters in Manchester in order to reduce confrontation.

City councillors want to move a snowballing protest away from the Kedem Israeli cosmetics store, expecting to draw thousands this weekend.

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Fed seeking a Minor gift

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 31, 2014

Manchester welfare charity The Fed is looking for a car - but not just any old car. A 1960s Morris Minor, or something similar, is sought as the centrepiece for a garden for dementia sufferers at its Heathlands care campus, which is undergoing a multi-million pound redevelopment.

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Staff at Israeli store face death threats

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 31, 2014

Police are investigating racist death and fire-bomb threats by pro-Palestinian boycotters against a shop which sells Israeli cosmetics.

Kedem, in Manchester, reported phone calls, at one point every five minutes, from callers threatening to burn down the shop, beat up or kill staff.

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Police charge boy over cemetery desecration

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 29, 2014

Manchester police have charged a 13-year-old boy with criminal damage after 50 graves in a Jewish cemetery were vandalised.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will appear before Manchester and Salford Youth Court on August 8. The charges do not include any racially aggravated element. Greater Manchester Police said a second 13-year-old boy remains on bail until Wednesday.

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MP faces bin collection backlash

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 24, 2014

Bury MP Ivan Lewis and local Labour councillors are experiencing a backlash from Jewish voters following the council's decison to reduce general rubbish collections to once in three weeks.

The move - passed unanimously by the council's cabinet last Wednesday - prompted angry householders to vent their frustration on social media.

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Locals rubbish collection cuts

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 17, 2014

Strictly Orthodox families have joined the protests against Bury Council's move to cut rubbish collections to once every three weeks, the first English borough to do so.

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Flowering talent puts it down to his iPad app

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 17, 2014

A Salford 22-year-old with profound speech impediments who has learned to communicate using an iPad has won a string of awards for his horticultural work.

Moishy Hassell, who attends Langdon College, had found it impossible to communicate with anyone outside of family and close acquaintances.

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Murdered teen's family is moved by pledges

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 17, 2014

Over 100 cards from Manchester families have been delivered to the home of murdered Israeli teenager Naftali Frenkel. The cards contained messages of hope and commitments from members of south Manchester synagogues to charities and communal organisations which would be performed in memory of the three young Israelis murdered in the West Bank.

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