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JFS headteacher resigns

By Rosa Doherty, May 24, 2016

Jonathan Miller has resigned as headteacher of JFS, it has been announced.

In an email to parents today, chair of governors Steven Woolf said: “I regret to inform you that the school has accepted Mr Miller’s resignation which will take effect at the end of the school year and his leave of absence will continue until that time.”

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Muslim woman who defied far-right protesters posted antisemitic messages

By Rosa Doherty, May 23, 2016

A young Muslim woman whose picture went viral after she posed defiantly in front of anti-Islam protesters has come under fire after her own antisemitic social media posts came to light.

Zakia Belkhiri’s photo showed her posing for a selfie against the backdrop of the far-right demonstration in Belgium and was heralded as a symbol for peace and anti-racism.

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Police investigate 'sickening' attack on Jewish cemetery in Manchester

By Rosa Doherty, May 19, 2016

Vandals have desecrated at a Jewish cemetery in Manchester.

Fourteen headstones were destroyed in what police called a "sickening act of criminal damage" at Blackley Jewish Cemetery in Charlestown, north-east Manchester.

The attack was believed to have taken place yesterday. No antisemitic graffiti was found at the scene.

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Abel and willing to be a success

By Rosa Doherty, May 19, 2016

Growing up without a father wasn't easy for 20- year-old Zak Abel, singer songwriter and former UK table-tennis champion.

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Charedim attack Diane Abbott for 'not getting' concerns over hate crisis

By Rosa Doherty, May 19, 2016

Diane Abbott has come under fire from strictly Orthodox Jews in her London constituency over the antisemitism crisis engulfing the party.

Rabbi Abraham Pinter, an ex-Labour councillor and a prominent figure in the large Charedi community, said Ms Abbott "didn't understand" Labour's problem with antisemitism.

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Entrepreneur to pitch her app idea to Richard Branson

By Rosa Doherty, May 18, 2016

A Jewish health campaigner is attempting to win a share of £1 million and a chance to pitch her app idea to Richard Branson.

Joanna Slater developed the app to improve communication between doctors and patients after the death of her mother Kay following surgery on her hip.

She said: “What was meant to have been a routine operation turned into the ultimate decline of my mum.

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Luciana Berger may run for Liverpool mayor

By Rosa Doherty, May 17, 2016

Luciana Berger has said she is considering running for mayor of Liverpool.

She seeks to replace the current mayor Joe Anderson for the Labour nomination for a new created Metro Mayor role – due to be elected in May 2017.

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Swastika and ‘SS’ symbol daubed on student homes

By Rosa Doherty, May 16, 2016

Students in Durham were shocked to discover antisemitic graffiti daubed on their doors this weekend.

According to a report in the Tab student newspaper, vandals drew swastikas and upside down crosses on doors of student accommodation, alongside the words “rape Ali” with an arrow pointing underneath.

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Board calls on Jeremy Corbyn to show "genuine support" for tackling antisemitism in Labour

By Rosa Doherty, May 16, 2016

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has said he is disappointed at the “less than whole hearted” support of the Labour leader when it came to combating antisemitism.

Mr Arkush said at the Board plenary on Sunday “it is time Jeremy Corbyn made clear his genuine support, instead of giving the impression he is being forced to do so by the media.”

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Brother loses claim to half of £3m 'Holocaust fund'

By Rosa Doherty, May 15, 2016

An accountant has lost a battle with his sister over a secret £3 million fund set up by their Jewish father in case there was another Holocaust.

Alan Hamilton told the High Court he was furious when his sister Carolyn inherited twice as much money as he was from the fund.

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Boris Johnson accused of 'nasty games' in comparing EU to Hitler

By Rosa Doherty, May 15, 2016

Boris Johnson has compared the European Unions aims to Hitler's.

The pro Brexit MP for the conservative party said the Nazi leader and the EU both had the intention of unifying Europe under a single "authority".

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Johnson both the Nazi leader and Napoleon had failed at unification and the EU was "an attempt to do this by different methods".

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Senior Hizbollah commander Mustafa Badreddine killed in Syria

By Rosa Doherty, May 13, 2016

Hezbollah’s most senior commander in the Syrian war, Mustafa Amine Badreddine, has been killed
A 55-year-old was killed in a large explosion near Damascus airport.

An Israeli airstrike was initially blamed by Hezbollah for the attack in which he died, but that claim was later withdrawn.

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Community asked to share charity appeal to man missing for seven months

By Rosa Doherty, May 12, 2016

Police are searching for a man who has been missing for seven months.

Isaac Purim, 35, disappeared from Golders Green, north–west London, on October 29 last year.

Barnet police have asked members of the community to share an appeal by the Missing People charity calling on Mr Purim to make contact.

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Appeal for rabbi's family

By Rosa Doherty, May 12, 2016

Chabad has launched an appeal to provide financial support for the wife and eight children of its Ilford rabbi who died following a heart attack on Sunday.

More than 1,000 people attended the funeral of Rabbi Moshe Muller, 44, who was described by the local centre's executive director, Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin, as "a kingpin of Chabad, looking after everything and reaching out to the wider community.

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Charity founders hopeful of cure for son's disease

By Rosa Doherty, May 12, 2016

Kerry and Doron Rosenfeld's world collapsed when their five-year-old son Gavriel was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a progressive muscle-wasting disease that kills sufferers before their 30s.

But through their despair, the Hendon couple were determined to help find a cure for the condition, which is currently fatal in all cases and affects 300,000 people worldwide.

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Hope for Asher after operation in America

By Rosa Doherty, May 12, 2016

A four-year-old boy is recovering well after a life-changing surgery paid for by the Jewish community.

Asher Carroll, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was operated on at an American hospital following an appeal in the JC that resulted in £70,000 being donated by the paper's readers.

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Labour official ‘suspended for supporting Ken Livingstone’s Hitler comment’

By Rosa Doherty, May 11, 2016

The secretary of Croydon Central Labour Party has been suspended for reportedly backing Ken Livingstone's comments about Hitler and Zionism.

David White expressed support for Mr Livingstone’s comments in a tweet sent to a local newspaper reporter.

Mr White said the former London mayor had been "largely accurate" when he described the Nazi leader as a Zionist.

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Amnesty criticised over call for Israel to drop Vanunu charges

By Rosa Doherty, May 11, 2016

An NGO watchdog has hit out at Amnesty International after the UK charity said Israel should drop its “ludicrous” charges against nuclear whistle blower Mordechai Vanunu.

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Labour NEC candidate attacked by Twitter antisemites

By Rosa Doherty, May 11, 2016

A former Jewish Society chair who has been backed to replace Ken Livingstone on Labour’s National Executive Committee has been subject to antisemitic abuse on Twitter.

Since announcing her NEC bid on Tuesday, Rhea Wolfson, said she was “shocked at the antisemitic abuse being tweeted at not only me but my family today- using literal Nazi propaganda.”

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Former Jewish Society chair backed to replace Ken Livingstone on Labour executive

By Rosa Doherty, May 10, 2016

A former Jewish Society chair has been backed to replace Ken Livingstone on Labour’s National Executive Committee.

Rhea Wolfson, a Scottish Labour activist, has the support of the pro-Corbyn campaign group Momentum.

She is expected to replace the suspended Mr Livingstone and represent the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance, for the place on the party’s governing body.

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