Charlotte Oliver

Kerry condemns leaflet ordering Ukrainian Jews to register with authorities

By Charlotte Oliver, April 18, 2014

US Secretary of State John Kerry has described reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine were being told to register with local authorities as “not just intolerable” but “grotesque”.

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‘KKK killer’ is nice and friendly, says Missouri mayor

By Charlotte Oliver, April 17, 2014

The man who is alleged to have shot dead three people at a Jewish community centre and home for the elderly near Kansas City has been described as “nice and friendly” by the Mayor of Marionville, Missouri, Dan Clevenger.

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Shock at teacher’s ‘gas’ slur

By Charlotte Oliver, April 17, 2014

Parents and former pupils at North London Collegiate School have expressed their shock over an incident in which a teacher told a Jewish pupil she would be “sent to a gas chamber”.

The outburst happened at the £6,000-per-term girls’ school in Edgware when the 17-year-old, who has not been named, jumped the lunch queue.

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Jews benefit from UK's Christian tolerance, according to Cameron

By Charlotte Oliver, April 17, 2014

It is easier to be Jewish in Britain than it would be in a secular country because of the “tolerance that Christianity demands of our society”, David Cameron said this week.

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Jewish students get ahead at NUS conference

By Charlotte Oliver, April 15, 2014

Jewish students made their mark at this year's National Union of Students (NUS) conference, held last week in Liverpool, with a variety of activities that worked to strengthen the Jewish contribution to mainstream life on campus.

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Journalists say no to boycott

By Charlotte Oliver, April 14, 2014

A motion calling on the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) to boycott Israeli goods has been overwhelmingly defeated at the union’s biannual conference.

The proposal, which was put forward by the London Magazine branch, was rejected after NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet told delegates that it would put the lives of journalists working in the Middle East in danger.

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Jewish student told by teacher she would be sent "to one of your gas chambers"

By Charlotte Oliver, April 13, 2014

The parents of a Jewish student at North London Collegiate have expressed outrage after their daughter was told by a teacher she would be sent "to one of your gas chambers" for jumping the lunch queue.

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Students hope interfaith event will ease St Andrews tensions

By Charlotte Oliver, April 10, 2014

Jewish students at a Scottish university who have been the target of anti-Israel protests hope a “groundbreaking” interfaith event will help to improve relations on campus.

More than 80 Jewish, Muslim and Christian students came together at St Andrews for a day of historical, political and religious discussion — themed under the title “Co-existence in the Middle East”.

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National Union of Students' conference delays boycott debate

By Charlotte Oliver, April 10, 2014

Students have deferred a debate on a motion at this year’s National Union of Students’ conference, which called on the union to boycott Israel.

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Boy George to launch Israel's gay pride events

By Charlotte Oliver, April 10, 2014

It looks like singer Boy George could soon be changing his lyrics to “Shawarma Chameleon”, following news that he is to open gay pride events in Israel this year.

The music icon, who found fame in '80s pop group Culture Club, will officially launch Israel’s pride events in Eilat on May 15, at the annual Temptation party on Dekel Beach.

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Israeli device charges phone in 30 seconds

By Charlotte Oliver, April 9, 2014

Waning battery life is a modern-day annoyance every phone user knows all too well.

But Israeli startup StoreDot claims to have found the answer to our problems by developing a device that can charge a smartphone in under 30 seconds.

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WJC president calls on British Jewry in fight against boycott

By Charlotte Oliver, April 9, 2014

World Jewish Congress (WJC) president Ronald Lauder has urged British Jewry to increase its fight against the worldwide BDS movement, calling such work “an honour” for the community.

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Campus Notebook: April 4, 2014

By Charlotte Oliver, April 3, 2014

Work hard, play hard

Students who graduated from the Genesis course — Aish’s and JLE’s leadership initiative — were treated to a swanky dinner at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel. More than 300 guests enjoyed a lavish feast, before being entertained by magician Stephen Barry and crooner Eli Tamir.

Shamrock Shabbat

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Shalit comes to London to support Israeli welfare

By Charlotte Oliver, March 31, 2014

Accepting a volunteering award at a British Friends of Shalva dinner in central London, Gilad Shalit likened his time in captivity to the "challenges that Shalva families face on a daily basis".

Shalva supports Israelis of any denomination whose children have a mental or physical disability and the 250 guests were given a flavour of its work.

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Students set for UJS ‘Oscar night’

By Charlotte Oliver, March 28, 2014

Jewish societies have been undeniably busy this year, with efforts ranging from Friday night dinners to campaigns to block boycotters and counter Israel Apartheid Week on campus.

These achievements will be honoured on Sunday, when over 180 students come together at JW3 in London for their version of Oscar night — the annual Union of Jewish Students Awards.

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Give cancer gene tests to all, ministers urged

By Charlotte Oliver, March 28, 2014

A woman who had a double mastectomy and her ovaries removed after discovering she had a defective cancer gene has urged the government to make testing more widely available, especially for Ashkenazi Jews.

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Hate attackers drew swastika on victim

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2014

A teacher was attacked in Paris, three days after 10,000 people gathered there to protest against antisemitism. His injuries were so bad he needed hospital treatment for facial injuries.

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Same-sex couple among first to wed

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2014

A Jewish woman from Brighton and her non-Jewish partner will be among the first same-sex couples in the country to get married when the new law comes into force on Saturday.

Nicola Pettit will marry Tania Ward on Saturday morning at a ceremony in Brighton Town Hall, followed by a traditional Jewish blessing in the evening, led by Rabbi Janet Darley of South London Liberal Synagogue.

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Seeing Wizo take care of business

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2014

Take five socially-conscious movers and shakers, place them under the wing of an international women’s movement at the forefront of social action in Israel and show them its work at first hand.

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Campus Notebook: March 28, 2014

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2014

STAY CLASSY, NOTTINGHAM UNI

Three Nottingham students are making waves by establishing themselves as stars of local media.

First it was JSoc president Jordan Rinsler and committee member Ben Carr channelling their very best Ron Burgundys as correspondents for University Radio Nottingham during the student union elections.

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