Charlotte Oliver

Concern over ‘one-sided’ school books on Palestinians

By Charlotte Oliver, July 30, 2015

Concern has been raised over a new educational resource promoted by the National Union of Teachers, which aims to “illustrate the daily struggles experienced by Palestinian children as they try to gain an education”.

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Israeli plan to demolish village sparks UK rage

By Charlotte Oliver, July 30, 2015

British Jewish groups have waded into an international row over the planned demolition of 37 Palestinian homes in the West Bank.

A group of 30 rabbis and UK-based advocacy group Yachad this week condemned a recent Israeli High Court order for the houses in Sussiya to be dismantled.

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Foreign Office urges Israel to end settlement building

By Charlotte Oliver, July 28, 2015

The Foreign Office has urged Israel to stop building settlements “on private Palestinian land”.

In a statement, Tobias Ellwood, Middle East Minister, said that “the UK is deeply concerned by reports that planning for 1,065 settlement units is being advanced, including possible retrospective approval of buildings without permits or on private Palestinian land.

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UK rabbis criticise ‘unjust’ demolition of Palestinian homes

By Charlotte Oliver, July 27, 2015

A cross-communal group of 30 rabbis have written to Israel’s outgoing ambassador to the UK Daniel Taub, asking him to “do what you can” to halt the demolition of Palestinian homes in a West Bank village.

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Before an inspector calls ... it is up to Pikuach to get them ready for the task

By Charlotte Oliver, July 16, 2015

Who watches the watchmen? When it comes to Jewish schools, that job falls to Pikuach, the Board of Deputies' inspection service.

Since it launched in 1996, in response to the UK statute that schools of a religious character be subject to Section 48 inspections, the organisation has cemented itself as the stamp of approval for Jewish education.

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Ryanair: Eilat flights will not have anti-rocket pod

By Charlotte Oliver, July 16, 2015

Ryanair's announcement that it will soon be flying to Eilat - albeit from Hungary, Lithuania and Poland - has opened up a plethora of travel options for Israel-bound tourists.

But having fought off other companies for the routes, the budget airline this week faced a new commercial challenge when Israeli airlines announced they would install missile defence systems on planes flying to and from t

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Shoot it like Shiner, the schoolgirl star

By Charlotte Oliver, July 16, 2015

If you have seen Bend it Like Beckham, you will recognise the story: young London girl juggles her studies and cultural identity with her almost prodigious footballing talents.

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'Book-keeper of Auschwitz' jailed for role in 300,000 deaths

By Charlotte Oliver, July 15, 2015

A former SS guard known as the “book-keeper of Auschwitz” has been sentenced to four years in prison for aiding the murder of at least 300,000 Jews.

Oscar Groening, now aged 94, was sentenced in court in the north German city of Lueneburg.

He had stood trial in front of Holocaust survivors and victims’ relatives over the past four months.

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Israeli teachers meet their British counterparts

By Charlotte Oliver, July 14, 2015

Exchange visits may normally be reserved for pupils, but that didn’t stop 22 Israeli teachers from flying to the UK last week to meet their British counterparts.

The teachers, from 11 schools in the Galil in northern Israel, came as part of UJIA’s Schools Partnership Programme, which is run in partnership with the Jewish Agency.

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Charity urges schools to promote 'intercultural education'

By Charlotte Oliver, July 13, 2015

An interfaith charity is calling for more interaction between school pupils of different religions.

In a report launched last week at the Institute for Public Policy Research, the Three Faiths Forum (3FF) - together with educational think-tank LKMco - said there must be a “major shift in education policy” towards a system of “intercultural education”.

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Hundreds flex their brains in annual quiz

By Charlotte Oliver, July 9, 2015

Are you smarter than a 10-year-old?

The chances are slim, if last week's Etgar Challenge is any indication.

On Thursday, more than 600 children from 20 Jewish primary schools across the country proved their brainpower by taking part in an inter-school quiz that tested the limits of their Jewish knowledge.

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Students strengthen Israeli connection

By Charlotte Oliver, July 9, 2015

Last Monday, more than 350 sixth form pupils from across the UK gathered at JFS to take part in the annual Israel: Get Connected conference, organised by the Israeli embassy, the Jewish Agency and UJIA.

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Ryanair to launch £20 flights to Eilat - but there's a catch

By Charlotte Oliver, July 7, 2015

Budget travellers will no doubt be celebrating Ryanair’s announcement that it will soon be flying to Eilat – the first time the airline has run routes to Israel.

But before you pack the sunscreen, there is a catch: it will only be flying from Hungary, Lithuania and Poland.

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Israeli police officer implicated in bribery scandal found dead

By Charlotte Oliver, July 6, 2015

Ephraim Bracha, Israel’s highest ranking detective, has taken his own life amid claims of bribery and corruption.

The 55-year-old, who headed the Israel Police’s National Fraud Unit, was found dead early on Sunday morning near his home in the city of Modi’in.

His death followed recent reports that the father-of-four had provided suspects with information about their cases.

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JCoSS pupils like to keep the interfaith

By Charlotte Oliver, July 2, 2015

Visit any Jewish school and you will expect to find calendars packed with important dates and holy festivals, from Rosh Hashanah to Shavuot.

But Ramadan is unlikely to feature on the roster.

This year, however, JCoSS decided to change that and put together a two-week interfaith programme to coincide with the Muslim festival - all of which took place inside a "multifaith tent".

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Simon Marks Primary will 'refresh' leadership

By Charlotte Oliver, July 2, 2015

Simon Marks Jewish Primary School has said it plans to unveil a "refreshed senior leadership team" following its Ofsted downgrading.

Chair of governors Howard Pallis announced that the school was "implementing a raft of reforms in the coming months, which we believe will raise quality across the board".

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Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton dies aged 106

By Charlotte Oliver, July 1, 2015

Sir Nicholas Winton, the British hero who saved hundreds of children from Nazi persecution during the Second World War, has died at the age of 106.

Commonly known as the “British Schindler”, Sir Nicholas was responsible for rescuing 669 Czech-Jewish children before they were sent to concentration camps.

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Jewish school daubed with antisemitic graffiti

By Charlotte Oliver, June 30, 2015

Two Jewish sites in Hackney have been targeted by vandals in the last 24 hours, it has been reported.

Last night, Stamford Hill’s Shomrim announced via Twitter that graffiti with the words “f*** the Jews” had been painted across the gates of Simon Marks Jewish Primary School in Stoke Newington.

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Parents at crisis point as school places dry up

By Charlotte Oliver, June 25, 2015

Anxious parents have said they will consider home-schooling, or even emigrating to the United States or Israel, to avoid having to send their child to a non-Jewish secondary school, as the admissions crisis continues.

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Say cheese and pray

By Charlotte Oliver, June 25, 2015

Jews may be to thank for bolstering numbers in church attendance. More than 20 churches around the world have now installed Churchix, a facial-recognition system developed by Israeli company Face-six that scans the church's CCTV feed and matches faces to a pre-existing database of members.

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