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UK protests curbed as Salmond promises to get tough on hate

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2014

Police have quelled protests outside a shop selling Israeli products after enforcing special measures to restore calm.

The Kedem store in central Manchester had been besieged by anti-Israel activists' demonstrations for the past five weeks.

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Bringing the eco-friendly into Limmud tent

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2014

"It's a fallacy that Jews don't camp and this proves it." So said Limmud in the Woods co-chair Jon Pam after more than 300 supporters spent a wet and windy Bank Holiday weekend in tents pitched in the Oxfordshire countryside engaging in panel discussions, prayer sessions and community-building activities.

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Chief sees rise of new hatred

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has warned that the rise of antisemitism could lead to wider hatred and intolerance in society.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph on Thursday, he said Jews were "the canaries in the coal mine" and other groups should take note when they began to suffer from "poisons in the political atmosphere".

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Desmond urges leaders to step forward and lead

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2014

The leading figures of one of Britain's biggest Jewish charities have criticised the response of communal leaders to the Gaza crisis.

In a letter published in today's JC, Norwood president Richard Desmond and vice-president Ronnie Harris call on senior figures including Peers and rabbis to "lead from the front".

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'We must not be in denial about the Holocaust' says expert Deborah Lipstadt

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2014

The woman who fought one of the most high-profile Holocaust denial legal cases claims it is on the rise and taking on a new and disturbing form.

Prof Deborah Lipstadt identified the trend of equating the Shoah with modern-day events as a "soft-core" form of denegrating the Nazi genocide.

"It's used politically, glibly, and I don't like it. It's a grim, cheap way of getting to your point.

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Pupils and parents warned over school security

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2014

Pupils and parents at Jewish schools should take additional security measures following the sharp rise of antisemitism, the Community Security Trust has warned.

Parents should join special security rotas, undergo training and send their children on a specialist programme designed to help them protect themselves, the organisation said.

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Jewish and Muslim attempt at harmony hits flat note

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2014

Muslim and Jewish leaders have united in calling for stronger collaboration between their communities in the wake of the Gaza conflict.

In an unprecedented joint statement, the Board of Deputies and the Muslim Council of Britain condemned civilian deaths as tragic and called for efforts to avoid them.

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Human rights champion Helen Bamber dies

By Marcus Dysch, August 22, 2014

Veteran human rights champion Helen Bamber has died at the age of 89.

Following the Holocaust, Ms Bamber began her compassionate work by helping victims of torture and atrocities.

She was born into a Polish-Jewish family in north London in 1925 and as a teenager joined efforts to combat Oswald Mosley’s fascists.

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Belfast reeling after spate of hate attacks

By Marcus Dysch, August 21, 2014

Belfast's Jewish community is coming to terms with a series of antisemitic incidents that have followed demonstrations over Gaza.

The city's main Orthodox synagogue was attacked and had windows smashed on two consecutive nights at the height of the conflict last month.

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'Sack Tricycle directors' call despite deal

By Marcus Dysch, August 21, 2014

The Tricycle Theatre should consider sacking directors who planned the boycott of the Jewish Film Festival, a senior figure close to the affair has argued.

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Never again: Sainsbury's pledge over removing kosher food

By Marcus Dysch, August 21, 2014

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Sainsbury’s has said it will never again remove kosher products from its shelves.

The statement came after Jewish customers had responded furiously to food being hidden by the manager of a central London branch in expectation of a threat from anti-Israel activists.

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Outcry over Sainsbury’s removal of kosher produce

By Marcus Dysch, August 18, 2014

Sainsbury’s has claimed the removal of kosher food from the shelves of a central London store was a precaution against possible violence.

Customers complained after staff at the firm’s Holborn branch emptied a chill cabinet of kosher produce on Saturday afternoon.

It came shortly after anti-Israel activists attacked products in a branch of Tesco in Birmingham.

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Tricycle Theatre drops UK Jewish Film Festival boycott

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2014

The Tricycle Theatre and the UK Jewish Film Festival have settled their differences after an agreement was struck to end the theatre’s boycott.

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British police working to calm tensions over Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2014

A senior police officer has said forces across the country are working to calm tensions over Gaza that have spilled over into antisemitic incidents.

Sir Peter Fahy, chief constable of Greater Manchester Police and a vice-president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said a balance must be found between the right to protest and a risk of serious disruption.

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From outraged to outrageous: protest spills over into hatred

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2014

Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through central London as the backlash against Israel's military action in Gaza continued to be felt on the streets of Britain this week.

Protesters from groups including the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Stop the War marched from BBC's New Broadcasting House to Hyde Park. Speakers included MPs Jeremy Corbyn, David Ward and Shabana Mahmood.

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'Naive' pro-PM letter dropped

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2014

Communal leaders scrapped a show of support for David Cameron's Israel policy amid fears they would fuel accusations that Jewish donors were influencing government policy.

A letter signed by around two dozen influential figures was due to be published in The Times on Monday.

Lord Kalms, Vivian Wineman, Leo Noe and other JLC members are believed to have been among the signatories.

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Arms ban if Hamas strikes

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2014

The government's decision to suspend a series of arms export licences to Israel if hostilities resume in Gaza led to a major row between the coalition parties, the JC understands.

Business Secretary Vince Cable, who holds sole responsibility for issuing arms licences under the legislation, favoured a wholesale ban on all arms to Israel.

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Communal leaders attacked over response to Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, August 14, 2014

Communal leaders were barracked at an angry town hall meeting on Wednesday night.

Attendees attacked the speakers representing organisations including the Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council over their failure to counter the growing movement against Israel.

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Lib Dems won’t discipline David Ward over Gaza rocket tweet

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2014

The Liberal Democrats will not take disciplinary action against an MP who said he would “probably” fire a rocket if he lived in Gaza.

Bradford East MP David Ward tweeted last month: “The big question is – if I lived in Gaza would I fire a rocket? – probably yes.”

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Cabinet row over move to suspend Israel arms licences

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2014

The government’s decision to suspend a series of arms export licences to Israel if hostilities resume in Gaza was the cause of a major row between the coalition parties, the JC understands.

Business Secretary Vince Cable holds sole responsibility for issuing arms licences, with legislation stating that even the Prime Minister cannot overrule the Secretary of State’s decision.

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