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Union of Jewish Students quits Camden for JW3 site

By Marcus Dysch, December 27, 2012

The Union of Jewish Students has agreed a deal to move its headquarters to the new Jewish Community Centre, JW3 in north London.

The student group will run its operations from offices on the first floor of the 10-storey residential tower at the JW3 site in Swiss Cottage.

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Veolia withdraws from waste authority bid

By Marcus Dysch, December 21, 2012

A company with links to Israel has pulled out of a bid for a major waste contract in Britain.

North London Waste Authority (NLWA) confirmed Veolia Environmental Services had withdrawn its attempt to secure contracts to manage water and fuel services in the capital.

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Board of Deputies treasurer Brass tweets and deletes

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2012

The treasurer of the Board of Deputies has been rebuked for publishing two messages on Twitter which may have been in contempt of court.

Asylum judge Laurence Brass, a former Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate, made the remarks about a trial which is due to start in January next year.

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Synagogue appoints first female halachic adviser

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2012

Days before his selection as chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis appointed Britain’s first Orthodox female halachic adviser at Finchley Synagogue in London.

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Amnesty International orders official Kristyan Benedict to apologise for 'antisemitic' tweet

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2012

An Amnesty International disciplinary process has concluded that a senior official’s tweet about three Jewish MPs was “inappropriate and offensive”, but not antisemitic.

Kristyan Benedict, the charity’s campaigns manager, took to Twitter during a Parliamentary debate about the violence in Israel and Gaza last month.

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Student Joe Tarsh wins race to be next UJS president

By Marcus Dysch, December 20, 2012

A youth and community work student has been elected as the next president of the Union of Jewish Students.

Joe Tarsh said he would work to “build inclusivity” at the union and introduce services including open surgeries for students to raise concerns and suggest ideas for UJS to develop.

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High Court quashes Hillsborough inquest verdicts

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2012

A panel of High Court judges has ruled that new inquests will take place into the deaths of 96 Liverpool football fans in the Hillsborough disaster.

The findings of the original coroner, Stefan Popper, were quashed after the judges said new evidence was sufficient to justify rejecting his verdicts.

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Fraternities offer a new way of getting involved

By Marcus Dysch, December 13, 2012

It is nearly 100 years old, is run from global headquarters in Indianapolis, and counts Mark Zuckerberg and Adam Richman among its alumni.

But the Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) fraternity has swapped California and New York for Yorkshire and the Midlands as it successfully develops chapters for Jewish students on British campuses.

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Entering the Hull of fame

By Marcus Dysch, December 10, 2012

Hull’s new rabbi is being credited with rejuvenating the city’s Hebrew Congregation.

Since Rabbi Naftoli Lifschitz began work at the Orthodox synagogue at Rosh Hashanah, there has been a surge in the numbers taking part in services and communal activities.

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Joey Barton weighs in on middle-east conflict

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2012

Footballer Joey Barton has encouraged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to “sit down and man up” to end the conflict.

Writing in the Big Issue, the Queen’s Park Rangers midfielder, currently on-loan to French side Marseille, claimed Israel did not have the right to defend itself simply “because a book said so”.

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Anti-Israel activist Carole Swords wins appeal

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2012

A veteran anti-Israel campaigner has been cleared of hitting a Jewish man during a boycott protest.

Carole Swords, former chair of Tower Hamlets Respect Party, successfully appealed against a public order offence conviction which followed the pair clashing in a Tesco Metro store.

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Campus Notebook

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2012

● Chanucah packs have been distributed to Liberal Jewish students on 36 campuses in time for the festival.

Liberal Judaism sent out 250 packs, each containing a menorah, candles, dreidel, Chanucah gelt, and messages from chaplain Rabbi Ariel Friedlander and student rabbi Benji Stanley.

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University students quit after ‘toxic’ antisemitism in Edinburgh

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2012

Anti-Israel incidents at Scottish universities have contributed to Jewish students quitting their courses in despair, it was claimed this week.

Attacks have created a “toxic atmosphere” in which Jewish students no longer feel comfortable, a delegation of community representatives told senior Edinburgh University officials.

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Arab lobbyist wooed pro-Assad Syrians

By Marcus Dysch, December 6, 2012

The director of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding (Caabu) worked to bring a delegation of pro-Assad Syrian politicians to Britain just months before the outbreak of violence in Syria.

Emails sent by Chris Doyle, seen by the JC, reveal his involvement in plans to organise meetings between the Syrian MPs and their British counterparts in August 2010.

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Northern Ireland councillors end Gaza twinning

By Marcus Dysch, November 30, 2012

One of Northern Ireland’s smallest towns has reversed its controversial decision to twin with Gaza.

Councillors in Moyle, County Antrim, voted to end the partnership with Gaza’s municipal authorities at a meeting on Monday.

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Council unites to block Israel boycott group

By Marcus Dysch, November 29, 2012

Anti-Israel activists were stopped from voicing objections about a company’s links to Israel during a local council meeting after the three main political parties united to block the delegation.

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Thousands take to streets for Gaza protest

By Marcus Dysch, November 29, 2012

Thousands of anti-Israel protesters marched through London demanding “justice for Gaza” last Saturday.

Organisers claimed as many as 15,000 people had taken part in the rally, which started outside Downing Street and continued to the Israeli Embassy in Kensington.

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Human rights groups in forefront of monitoring and reporting hate crimes in Europe

By Marcus Dysch, November 29, 2012

The Community Security Trust’s approach to tackling hate crime marks a “gold standard”, according to the director of A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe (CEJI) a European group training organisations that represent other minorities.

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Trade unions praise Israel visit

By Marcus Dysch, November 29, 2012

Trade unionists from Britain and Australia have taken part in a joint tour of Israel and the West Bank.

British unions, including the Prison Officers Association, Bakers Food and Allied Workers’ Union, GMB and USDAW, sent 17 delegates on last week’s four-day trip organised by Trade Union Friends of Israel (Tufi).

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Blood, hate and football’s shame

By Marcus Dysch, November 29, 2012

n the aftermath of two severe incidents involving hate abuse and allegedly antisemitic violence, both directed at fans of Tottenham Hotspur, Giancarlo Abete, chairman of the Italian Football Association, has written to his English counterpart, David Bernstein, and the FA is to hold a meeting with Jewish organisations.

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