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David Cameron announces new Holocaust memorial will be built in London

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2015

A national Holocaust memorial and learning centre will be built in central London, David Cameron has pledged.

Announcing a range of measures on Holocaust Memorial Day, the Prime Minister said Britain was making a “bold statement” about the importance it puts on preserving the memory of the Holocaust.

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BBC attacked over 'provocative' George Galloway Question Time appearance

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2015

The BBC has been attacked for its decision to invite anti-Israel MP George Galloway to appear on a Question Time panel in Finchley, north-west London.

Mr Galloway, who refuses to debate with Israelis, will be part of the programme filmed in the parliamentary constituency with the country’s largest Jewish population next week.

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Europe marks Holocaust Memorial Day as Steven Spielberg warns of growing antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2015

Steven Spielberg has led Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, warning of growing antisemitism in Europe.

Speaking to Holocaust survivors in Krakow, Poland, ahead of an official service at the concentration camp, he said there were renewed attempts to “banish” Jews from the continent.

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Most Ukip voters would not accept a Jewish prime minister, poll reveals

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2015

Fewer than half of all Ukip supporters would be prepared to accept a Jewish politician becoming prime minister, polling has revealed.

Only 48 per cent of people intending to vote for the party agreed that a Jewish leader would be as acceptable as any other in Downing Street.

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Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan dies aged 75

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2015

Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has died after a long battle with cancer, his family have said.

The 75-year-old was once one of five Jewish cabinet members in Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government.

He died at his home in London on Wednesday night.

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Labour government would weaken Israel-UK relationship, says cabinet minister

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2015

The impact of a Labour government on Britain's relationship with Israel could be "chilling", the Northern Ireland Secretary has claimed.

Theresa Villiers told the JC that this country's role as a key ally of Israel would be seriously diminished if Ed Miliband were to become prime minister in May.

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JC poll reveals most Jews feel government not doing enough to combat hate

By Marcus Dysch, January 21, 2015

More than half of British Jews say the government is not doing enough to combat antisemitism in Britain.

Asked whether the government was doing “all it can” to combat antisemitism in the UK, 33 per cent said it was.

But according to this week’s JC Survation poll, 55 per cent say the coalition “should be doing more”. The remaining 12 per cent said they did not know.

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Shimon Peres to be guest of honour at London dinner

By Marcus Dysch, January 21, 2015

Shimon Peres will be the guest speaker at the Zionist Federation’s gala dinner in London in May.

The former Israeli president will be honoured by the charity with a special tribute night in front of an expected 1,000 diners.

Mr Peres, who retired as Israel’s head of state in July last year, has not spoken in Britain since 2008.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis welcomes Theresa May’s promise to defend UK Jews

By Marcus Dysch, January 19, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has welcomed Home Secretary Theresa May’s pledge to defend Britain’s Jewish community.

Mrs May told a Board of Deputies meeting on Sunday that the government would fight to keep Jews safe in this country.

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CST in figures - a full list of steps it has taken to make communal buildings secure

By Marcus Dysch, January 15, 2015

An unprecedented level of security measures has been implemented in Jewish areas by security groups.

Experts stressed that ties with police and politicians were closer than ever, but the Community Security Trust admitted fears among British Jews were "as bad as we can recall" amid concerns of possible copy-cat terror strikes.

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Osborne presents Shoah survivors with medals

By Marcus Dysch, January 15, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled a specially minted commemorative medal to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust.

Minted medals - commissioned by the Holocaust Educational Trust, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Mr Osborne – were presented to Shoah survivors at a Downing Street reception on Tuesday evening.

Struck by the Royal Mint, it features the words "Libera

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George Osborne launches Holocaust commemoration medal

By Marcus Dysch, January 14, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled a specially minted commemorative medal to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust.

The medal – commissioned by the Holocaust Educational Trust, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Mr Osborne – was presented to Shoah survivors at a Downing Street reception on Tuesday evening.

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David Cameron pledges to do everything possible to protect community

By Marcus Dysch, January 13, 2015

David Cameron has reassured Jewish leaders of Britain's ability to protect the community following the terror attacks in Paris.

At a meeting in Downing Street this morning he told them the government was doing everything possible to ensure organisations and charities were properly engaged with police and security services.

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Nick Clegg promises to protect Holocaust education funding

By Marcus Dysch, January 12, 2015

Holocaust education funding will be protected for the next five years if the Liberal Democrats return to government after the election, Nick Clegg has promised.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the £9 million budget for the Holocaust Education Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz programme would continue to 2020.

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Labour 'will support faith schools ethos'

By Marcus Dysch, January 8, 2015

Labour's Shadow Education Secretary has reaffirmed his party's support for faith schools and called on the Jewish community to lead the way in encouraging cross-cultural dialogue.

In a wide-ranging speech at JFS in London on Tuesday evening, Tristram Hunt also spoke passionately of his support for Israel.

Referring to the Trojan Horse inquiry into allegations of Islamic extremism in Muslim s

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Authorities deny Gaza flotilla case

By Marcus Dysch, January 8, 2015

British authorities have rubbished claims that anti-Israel activists in this country could seek the arrest of IDF commandos who were involved in the Gaza flotilla incident five years ago.

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Oldham Athletic owner says Ched Evans deserves second chance

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2015

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Oldham Athletic owner Simon Corney has confirmed the club expects to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans in the coming days.

Speaking to the JC exclusively from New York, Mr Corney said the League One club believed the Welsh international striker had “served his time”.

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Limmud 2014: BBC agonises over its Mid East coverage, says correspondent Caroline Wyatt

By Marcus Dysch, December 30, 2014

The BBC constantly agonises over balance in its Middle East coverage, but does not always get it right, according to one of its leading correspondents.

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Limmud 2014: Football, and how to stay religiously onside

By Marcus Dysch, December 29, 2014

For many British Jews, Shabbat leads them not to their nearest synagogue but to their favoured football stadium. But what do historic Jewish texts say about playing the beautiful game on the holiest days of the year?

Plenty, according to Alex Goldberg, presenter of When Shabbat Comes, a Limmud session looking at halachic approaches to soccer.

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Limmud 2014: experts highlight concern over cost of Jewish life

By Marcus Dysch, December 28, 2014

The cost of Jewish life in Britain has become so prohibitive that people in some sections of the community cannot afford basic provisions and services, according to demographics experts.

A JC-hosted session at the Limmud conference debated issues relating to the growing cost of aspects of Jewish life, particularly in Orthodox and strictly Orthodox communities.

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