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Shomrim rejects police chief's claims over cars and uniforms

By Rosa Doherty, July 30, 2015

The security group Shomrim has rejected the Metropolitan Police Commissioner's view that its volunteers should not drive marked cars or wear uniforms similar to those of the police.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said earlier this month that he would prefer it if Shomrim guards did not resemble his officers.

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Genius end to series

By Rosa Doherty, July 30, 2015

Finishing as runner-up in Channel 4's Child Genius contest was not a disappointment for Henrietta Barnett pupil Sasha Gordon, who had not expected to make it beyond the first round, "let alone be in the final two".

Sasha, 12, was "really proud I kept going.

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BBC defends Panorama documentary on trainline running through Jerusalem

By Rosa Doherty, July 30, 2015

The BBC has rejected claims its Panorama documentary on the trainline running through Jerusalem was “biased and misleading” against Israel.

The corporation said that it received 24 complaints after The Train that Divided Jerusalem was aired on BBC1 on July 20.

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Strictly Orthodox turn out in force for police safety day

By Rosa Doherty, July 28, 2015

Children were locked in handcuffs and sirens blared as they were ushered into squad cars by uniformed police – and all in the name of strengthening ties between the police and London’s strictly Orthodox Jews.

Thousands turned out for a special “community safety day” on Monday, organised by the volunteer security group Shomrim, and attended by senior officers from Scotland Yard.

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Holocaust denier David Irving speaks at secret London neo-Nazi meeting

By Rosa Doherty, July 27, 2015

Holocaust denier David Irving was the guest speaker at a secret meeting in London where he is said to have addressed fascist sympathisers and neo-Nazis.

At the session at the Rembrandt Hotel in central London, Irving gave a speech titled: "Saturation Bombing in World War II – who is to blame?"

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Sir Eric Pickles to lead MPs’ delegation to Israel

By Rosa Doherty, July 24, 2015

Conservative Friends of Israel has announced that its chairman Sir Eric Pickles will lead on a delegation of MPs to Israel.

The former cabinet minister will lead CFI’s new team of parliamentary officers on the high-profile trip next week.

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Around 1,600 sign petition to protect Israel youth lacrosse team at Scottish tournament

By Rosa Doherty, July 24, 2015

Almost 1600 people have signed a petition calling on Edinburgh to guarantee the safety of teenage girls representing Israel at an international lacrosse tournament.

Edinburgh Friends of Israel launched the online petition following threats from the Scottish Palestinian Solidarity Campaign to disrupt the team’s appearances.

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Confessional couples promise to be good

By Rosa Doherty, July 23, 2015

It is not often that a hustings can seriously be described as "the hottest ticket in town", but Monday's event with the four Labour leadership contenders certainly attracted the crowds.

The 270-seat hall at JW3 was filled to capacity, and other rooms had to be made available to accommodate the ticketless who turned up and followed proceedings on a video link.

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Dating sites inspired brothers' care database

By Rosa Doherty, July 23, 2015

Two brothers have launched an online platform to help families find personal care for elderly relatives and ensure carers earn the living wage.

SuperCarers, designed by Daniel and Adam Pike, allows families to access a database of carers online and find the right match for their loved one's needs.

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The Charedim have found their voice - and it's a young one

By Rosa Doherty, July 23, 2015

Stamford Hill is bustling with Shabbat preparations. Levi Shapiro is talking into his mobile phone and pacing across his driveway.

In hushed tones he is talking to the assistant chief constable of Canterbury police. Thousands of Charedi families are preparing to descend on the Kent city for their summer holidays.

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Ambassador David Quarrey unveils water research projects for UK and Israeli scientists

By Rosa Doherty, July 22, 2015

Britain’s new ambassador to Israel has unveiled schemes to help improve water quality and supplies in the Middle East.

David Quarrey announced three projects under a British Council pilot programme during a visit to Tel Aviv University and the Weizmann Institute of Science, on Wednesday.

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Jeremy Corbyn clarifies Balfour Declaration remark after hustings confusion

By Rosa Doherty, July 21, 2015

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn has ended confusion over remarks he made during a hustings event with the Jewish community.

He appeared alongside fellow MPs Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall at the JW3 community centre in north-west London on Monday at an event organised by Labour Friends of Israel, the Jewish Labour Movement and the JC.

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Executed ‘Soviet spy’ Ethel Rosenberg may have been innocent, court documents reveal

By Rosa Doherty, July 17, 2015

A Jewish-American woman executed for being a spy in 1953 may have been innocent, according to declassified documents.

Ethel Rosenberg was executed by electric chair at a New York prison after her brother testified that she had passed atomic secrets to the Soviets during the Cold War.

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He ditched the band - for hip-hop in the Holy Land

By Rosa Doherty, July 16, 2015

Mike Skinner is best known as the frontman of hip-hop band The Streets, with five studio albums under his belt and a string of hit singles.

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Government ends review of arms export licences to Israel

By Rosa Doherty, July 15, 2015

The government has lifted a review of arms export licences to Israel after saying it was confident that criteria imposed last year had been met.

Following the Gaza conflict last summer, the coalition government had said it would suspend 12 arms licences to Israel if hostilities resumed.

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Bicom appoints former Nick Clegg adviser as chief executive

By Rosa Doherty, July 15, 2015

A leading Israel advocacy group has appointed Nick Clegg’s former head of communications to be its new chief executive.

James Sorene will lead Bicom after 15 years in senior positions at the Cabinet Office, Home Office and Department of Health.

Bicom chairman Edward Misrahi said he was “delighted” with Mr Sorene’s appointment.

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Police appeal for information after antisemitic graffiti daubed in Stamford Hill

By Rosa Doherty, July 15, 2015

Police are appealing for witnesses following two incidents of antisemitic graffiti in Stamford Hill, north London.

Officers were called at 10.35pm on Monday after the graffiti was daubed on a wall in Vartry Road, Tottenham.

The next day they were called to a nearby road following reports of a second, similar offence.

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Jewish peer organising rescue mission for Christians in Syria and Iraq

By Rosa Doherty, July 14, 2015

Lord Weidenfeld is funding a rescue mission of up to 2,000 Christian families from Syria and Iraq.

Weidenfeld's Safe Havens Fund flew 150 Syrian Christians who were fleeing Daesh (sometimes known as Isis) to Warsaw on Friday to seek refuge in Poland.

But the project has faced criticism over Lord Weidenfeld’s decision not to include Muslims in the rescue effort.

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Website marking 7/7 bombings to inspire debate on terrorist violence

By Rosa Doherty, July 2, 2015

The family of a Jewish woman who was killed in the July 7 bombings in 2005 are launching a website in her name. It will mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks by British Islamits that killed 52 people in London.

Miriam Hyman was killed in the Tavistock Square bus blast after she had been evacuated from King's Cross station and had called her father to say she was safe.

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Sasha puts her mind to Child Genius challenge

By Rosa Doherty, July 2, 2015

After watching Britain's brainiest children battle it out for Channel 4's Child Genius title last year, 12-year-old Sasha Gordon told her mum: "I think I could give that a go."

Now the Henrietta Barnett pupil is featuring in this year's competition, the first episode of which was broadcast on Tuesday.

Sasha was undeterred by the fact that many of last year's competitors were coached from bir

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