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Charedi boy feared drowned in Hampstead Heath pond

By Marcus Dysch, April 15, 2015

A strictly Orthodox boy was believed to have drowned while swimming in a pond on Wednesday.

Thought to be in his mid-to-late teens, the Charedi boy had been swimming at Hampstead Heath in north London during the spell of hot weather.

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Jews around world suffered ‘explosion of hatred’ in 2014

By Marcus Dysch, April 15, 2015

There was a substantial increase in attacks on Jews worldwide last year, Israeli researchers have found.

“An explosion of hatred” had been felt by Jewish communities, with the rise attributed partly to the response to last summer’s Gaza conflict.

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We’ll tighten up regulations on religious slaughter, promises Ukip

By Marcus Dysch, April 15, 2015

Ukip has backed the continuation of religious slaughter in Britain after months of confusion over the party’s stance on the issue.

Its general election manifesto, launched by Nigel Farage in Essex on Wednesday morning, makes clear that kosher meat production would not be banned by the party.

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Lib Dems manifesto condemns Israel and Hamas over ‘disproportionate force’

By Marcus Dysch, April 15, 2015

The Liberal Democrats have unveiled their policy on Israel and the Palestinians as part of their general election manifesto.

The party said it remained committed to a two-state solution to the conflict, and condemned “disproportionate force used by all sides”.

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg unveiled the policy document at an event in London on Wednesday morning.

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Miliband promises to defend shechita and combat online hate

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2015

Labour has pledged to defend shechita and tackle antisemitism in a series of election policies announced on Tuesday.

Launching a separate manifesto aimed at issues affecting minority communities the day after its main policy document, the party’s Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan said more would be done to support ethnic minorities.

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Tories’ manifesto pledge to protect shechita

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2015

The Conservative Party has pledged to protect religious slaughter if it is returned to government in next month’s general election.

The party’s manifesto highlights the issue of shechita and halal food production following increased speculation about the future of the practices in Britain.

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Greens want to end EU trade deal with Israel

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2015

The Green Party would suspend the European Union’s trade agreement with Israel, according to the party’s election manifesto.

Launched in London on Tuesday morning by Green leader Natalie Bennett, the policy document highlights the approach that would be taken to the Middle East.

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Labour manifesto pledges commitment to two-state solution for Israel and Palestinians

By Marcus Dysch, April 13, 2015

Securing peace in the Middle East is a key foreign policy for Labour, the party’s election manifesto has revealed.

Launched in Manchester on Monday morning, the policy document outlines Labour’s commitment to “a comprehensive two-state solution” for Israel and the Palestinians.

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Labour man says it’s a rough ride with Miliband

By Marcus Dysch, April 8, 2015

A Labour veteran has accused party leader Ed Miliband of “betraying” Israel with his position on the Gaza conflict and making it harder for the party’s candidates to be elected in areas with a high proportion of Jewish voters.

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After 18 years, Leeds Tories scent a chance to win in opposition stronghold

By Marcus Dysch, April 8, 2015

Businessman Simon Wilson believes he can tap into the feelings of disillusioned Jewish voters next month.

The Conservative candidate in the Leeds North East constituency hopes his experience of winning a council ward which was once a Labour stronghold will prepare him for capturing a seat held by Ed Miliband’s party for the past 18 years.

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Boris Johnson says JC poll is ‘great news’ for Tories

By Marcus Dysch, April 8, 2015

Boris Johnson has said an exclusive JC poll showing that 69 per cent of British Jews plan to vote Conservative is the result of the party’s work for the community.

The London mayor said the results were “great news” for Tories as he campaigned in Golders Green on Wednesday morning.

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Blame toxic Ed for Labour's loss of support

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2015

Even though, anecdotally, Ed Miliband’s unpopularity with the Jewish community has long been the received wisdom, these figures are jaw-dropping.

Few would have predicted that his personal polling would be quite so disastrous. How, after all, could a Jewish politician make such a terrible fist of attracting Jewish voters?

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Huge majority of British Jews will vote Tory, JC poll reveals

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2015

British Jews will vote overwhelmingly for the Conservatives, an exclusive JC poll has revealed.

Asked who they would support in next month’s general election, 69 per cent of Jewish voters said they would support the Tories. Only 22 per cent said they would vote Labour.

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Data will be shared to beat hate

By Marcus Dysch, April 2, 2015

Police say they will share details about the victims of race-hate attacks with organisations that can help those who have been abused.

The decision to share data with the Community Security Trust and Tell Mama, which tackles anti-Muslim abuse, was a response to increased community tension, police said.

It comes after the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism called on police forc

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UK is 'wrong on Jerusalem settler claim'

By Marcus Dysch and Ben Hartman, April 2, 2015

Two Israeli organisations have hit back at British government claims that they have increased tensions with Palestinians in east Jerusalem and endangered peace efforts.

Foreign Office minister Baroness Anelay appeared to suggest the groups were colonising Palestinian areas "under the guise" of tourism and protecting Jewish historical sites.

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Kebab seller hoping to skewer Labour veteran

By Marcus Dysch, April 2, 2015

She may be best known as the purveyor of kosher kebabs, but Hannah David could soon be grilling political opponents in the House of Commons.

Ms David used to grace the pages of the JC in adverts displaying the wares at her Let's Meat restaurant in Borehamwood. At the same time she was leader of the town's council and a member of the borough authority.

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Police cuts and housing lead concerns

By Marcus Dysch, April 2, 2015

Gareth Thomas was the first Labour candidate ever to win the seat of Harrow West when he captured it in the Tony Blair landslide victory of 1997.

He is in no mood to allow the Conservatives to take it back next month. The bookies make him odds-on favourite to keep his job in Parliament.

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Why these emotional stories meant I had to sign up to help

By Marcus Dysch, April 2, 2015

It was impossible not to be moved by the loneliness campaign in these pages in the past fortnight.

The tales of people going a week without speaking to anyone, helplines bombarded by those struggling to cope, and proud pensioners revealing their hurt at being forced to "beg for friends" had a forceful impact on me.

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David Cameron's Pesach Message 2015

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2015
The story of Pesach can give hope to those who are oppressed around the world, David Cameron has said.

In his Passover message to British Jews, the Prime Minister called for increased efforts to bring peace to areas of conflict.

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Meet the election candidate who 'does not have time' to campaign

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2015

The Liberal Democrats are fielding a candidate in the constituency with the country’s fastest-growing Jewish community who refuses to talk to the media.

Sophie Bowler is standing for the party in Hertsmere, a Conservative safe seat which encompasses Borehamwood, Elstree and Radlett.

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