Jonathan Kalmus

Call for boycott clamp-down

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 20, 2014

Activists want police to have more power to stop boycotts of Jewish and Israeli businesses, claiming that existing legislation is "deficient".

North-West Friends of Israel, which led a campaign to end the picket by pro-Palestinians of the Kedem Israeli cosmetics store in Manchester, has written to a group of MPs urging them to strengthen the Public Order Act.

The group's co-chair Anthony Den

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Reindeer food goes on the good deeds' menu

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 20, 2014

Packages for homeless people, Christmas presents and even reindeer food were among products of Mitzvah Day volunteers across the north.

Government offices for the Department for Communities and Local Government in Liverpool and Newcastle gave away lunches to help people in homeless shelters, along with Manchester law firm Kuit Steinart Levy.

Destitute asylum seekers in Manchester were donate

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Keeping faith amid the protests

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 13, 2014

A scarf-clad observant Jewish woman has teamed up with a hijab-wearing counterpart to tackle strained Muslim-Jewish relations since boycott protests hit the streets of Manchester.

Aimee Banay, a 35-year-old mother-of-two, said the Gaza conflict, which sparked protests in Manchester outside a Jewish shop, has fed Muslims and Jews with "conspiracy theories" about each other.

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Shoah cartoons up for Bafta

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 13, 2014

A BBC animated series which featured six Holocaust survivors as characters has been nominated for a Bafta.

Children of the Holocaust is the first animated programme of its kind and aims to help teachers share the experience of the survivors which may otherwise be too graphic for children to comprehend.

The five-minute cartoons include one telling the harrowing story of a 14-year-old boy in A

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Cash boost

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 13, 2014

Magen David Adom UK Manchester's annual dinner celebrated raising £250,000, more than doubling income from last year's dinner.

Jonathan Mosery, adviser at the Israeli Ministry of Defence, led the evening's theme focusing on events during the summer's Gaza conflict and MDA's medical role. Mr Mosery also spent the week speaking across the north for the charity.

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He hikes, he paints, he does yoga - and he's 100

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 6, 2014

When Ulrich Weigert turned 100, there were five birthday parties and cards from the Queen and a government minister.

But on the downside, he managed only a 1.6 kilometre country walk, rather than the two kilometres he normally covers. At least he did not miss his regular art class on his birthday morning, or his yoga group later in the week.

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Students slug it out over twinning plan

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 30, 2014

Manchester University Union has been accused of running an unfair vote over a motion to twin with a Palestinian university union allegedly linked to Hamas.

Jewish and non-Jewish students running a campaign against the motion said the university had unfairly cancelled the week-long student ballot over a complaint that their campaign had received external funding.

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Recalling the Mersey pioneers

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 30, 2014

A Liverpool doctor who was involved in the establishment of the NHS is among personalities whose achievements will be highlighted in Merseyside museums and Liverpool's King David schools.

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Faiths unite as 2,500 rally against hate

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 23, 2014

Jews, Muslims and Christians joined together to condemn antisemitism at a rally attended by an estimated 2,500 people.

On a day of unity, even the political divide was bridged, with a message from Chancellor George Osborne read out by Labour MP Ivan Lewis.

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MP welcomes jail term for hate tweeter

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 23, 2014

Jewish MP Luciana Berger has welcomed the jail sentence given to the man who sent her antisemitic tweets.

Ms Berger said the four-week prison term handed to Garron Helm sent "a clear message that hate crime is not tolerated in our country".

She hoped it would encourage others to report such crimes.

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Oxford University will return Nazi-looted salt cellar

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 22, 2014

Oxford University is to return a Nazi-looted antique which had been part of a £10 million collection.

Jewish heirs have successfully claimed the 16th-Century silver-gilt salt cellar which was taken as part of a forced sale by the Nazis in Berlin in 1937.

It originally belonged to Hamburg Jewish collector Emma Budge, whose large collection was ordered to be sold.

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Man jailed over antisemitic tweet to MP Luciana Berger

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 20, 2014

A 21-year-old man with links to an extremist group has been jailed for four weeks for sending an “obscene” antisemitic tweet to Liverpool MP Luciana Berger.

Garron Helm, 21, of Thomson Road, Litherland, Merseyside, pleaded guilty at Liverpool Magistrates' Court on Monday to sending an offensive, indecent or obscene message.

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George Osborne condemns antisemitism in message to Manchester rally

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 19, 2014

Chancellor George Osborne has condemned attacks against Jews.

In a message to participants at Sunday's Say No to Antisemitism rally, Mr Osborne said: “Whatever one's views about the politics of Israel and Gaza there is absolutely no place in our country for antisemitic attacks.”

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Mum's got her protest down to a T

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 7, 2014

A fashion designer threatened with prosecution for taking her children out of school to visit Israel has hit back - with a range of T-shirts calling on the government to change its policy on banning term-time family holidays.

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Leeds school a 'waste of money'

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 2, 2014

A teaching union leader has condemned the £3 million Leeds Jewish Free School as a "waste of public money".

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Liverpool will act over new year hate tweets

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 2, 2014

Liverpool Football Club is expected to take a tough line with tweeters who responded to the club's Rosh Hashanah greeting with a torrent of racist messages.

A source at the club told the JC that Liverpool was considering banning anyone convicted of sending the tweets from attending matches at its Anfield stadium.

The news comes after the club was crticised by the city's Jewish community for

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Kedem protesters return

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 2, 2014

Manchester's chief constable has lifted a ban on pro-Palestinian activists protesting outside a city centre store selling Israeli cosmetics.

Sir Peter Fahy said month-long conditions limiting pickets "are no longer necessary to stop serious disruption".

Police had moved protesters away from the Kedem store in August after mainly peaceful demonstrations had lead to tense stand-offs, arrests o

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Board’s general election manifesto launched in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 23, 2014

The Board of Deputies' 2015 general election manifesto received a positive reception at its launch in Manchester this week

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School explains appeal to Ofsted

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 18, 2014

Leaders of the Broughton Jewish Primary in Manchester have explained to parents why they are appealing against Ofsted's downgrading of the school from "outstanding" to "requiring improvement".

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Police increase patrols after fears of Kedem-style protest

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 11, 2014

Police have increased patrols in a Jewish area of Salford amid fears that local businesses could be targeted by pro-Palestinian boycotters.

Greater Manchester Police said it had assigned more officers to Leicester Road, a main shopping street lined with stores selling kosher goods. The move came after a man was witnessed taking photos of shops in the area.

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