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Fury over distribution of 'racist' Gilad Atzmon book

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2011

Britain's largest book distribution database company has said it cannot withdraw a new book by an Israeli-born antisemite from its listings - unless the title is found to have breached race hate legislation.

Gilad Atzmon's The Wandering Who is described by its publishers as "an investigation of Jewish identity politics and contemporary Jewish ideology".

The Community Security Trust has said

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Labour Friends go to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2011

Labour Friends of Israel has led its first delegation to the country for two years, with seven MPs meeting political and business leaders.

The week-long tour included a trip to Ramallah and visits to Israel's northern borders with Lebanon and Syria.

On the delegation were MPs Anne McGuire, Rachel Reeves, Jonathan Reynolds, Dan Jarvis, Michael McCann and Pamela Nash.

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Campus notebook: Peace Takes Two

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2011

● Pro-Israel group Stand With Us has launched a "Peace Takes Two" campus campaign.

The organisation will distribute postcards displaying examples of Israel's efforts to make peace on one side, and challenges to "Palestinian rejectionism" on the other.

Gili Brenner, UK executive for Stand With Us, said: "We are encouraging pro-Israel students – both Jewish and non-Jewish – to make a pro

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Ofcom tells Erekat: Al Jazeera was fair

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2011

The broadcast regulator, Ofcom, has rejected a complaint of unfairness made by chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat against the Al Jazeera news channel.

Dr Erekat complained about how he was portrayed in a four-part series, The Palestine Papers, broadcast on the English-language version of the station in January.

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Livni visit did not test universal jurisdiction legislation

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2011

Israeli Opposition leader Tzipi Livni has visited Britain – but although her trip was billed as showcasing the change to the law on universal jurisdiction, it was in fact protected by an altogether different legal status.

Ms Livni met Foreign Secretary William Hague, at his invitation, at the Foreign Office in London last Thursday.

She was the first senior Israeli to visit Britain since th

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Freshers' Week success as JSocs welcome hundreds to campus

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2011

University Jewish societies have broken records to sign up more than 1,000 students during Freshers' Week activities and fairs.

JSocs have reported brisk business around the country, as Jewish students settle into their new homes and find their feet on campus.

The traditionally large societies, in Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham each welcomed more than 100 new members, with Nottingham JSoc

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Chabad breaking records

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2011

Chabad houses across the country welcomed students to Rosh Hashanah meals and services, with more than 150 people attending events in Oxford, 120 in Nottingham, 75 at the Shoreditch centre and around 70 in Bristol.

In Edinburgh, Chabad rented space at a local hotel to host more than 60 students on the first night of Yom Tov.

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Consent refused for Tzipi Livni UK arrest warrant

By Marcus Dysch, October 6, 2011

Foreign Secretary William Hague has stepped in to ensure Israeli Opposition leader Tzipi Livni will not be arrested during her visit to Britain.

An arrest application was made to the Crown Prosecution Service on Tuesday to have Ms Livni detained when she arrived in London. She is currently on a two-day visit during which she is meeting community leaders and politicians.

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Mobile way to report hate crimes

By Marcus Dysch, October 6, 2011

The Community Security Trust has launched a system to help members of the community report antisemitic incidents direct from mobile phones.

CST Report is similar to an "app" for smart-phones, but can be used on any mobile which has internet access.

It allows users to register where and when an incident took place, the nature of it, a description of what happened, and their details.

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Guardian cleared of 'jeering Jews' report

By Marcus Dysch, October 6, 2011

The Press Complaints Commission has rejected complaints that a Guardian story about the London riots unfairly singled out Chasidic Jews for allegedly "jeering at police".

In a report published online on August 7, the Guardian described how a double-decker bus had been set alight and local businesses broken into, and noted that teenagers were wandering the streets with stolen goods.

It went o

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Jail term for synagogue office fraudster

By Marcus Dysch, October 6, 2011

A synagogue office worker has been jailed for eight months for stealing more than £36,000 from her community to fund a luxury lifestyle.

Susan Rudette spent the money she took from the United Hebrew Congregation in Leeds on a new kitchen, Sky TV subscription, holidays, mobile phone bills and cars.

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Jewish students say their voice is ignored

By Marcus Dysch, October 6, 2011

The most comprehensive survey of Jewish students' views ever conducted has revealed that young Jews staunchly support Israel, fear not finding a job after graduation, and are concerned that younger voices are not heard by the wider Jewish community.

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Salah lawyer says quotes 'doctored'

By Marcus Dysch, October 6, 2011

An Islamic political activist arrested after entering Britain has won the right to seek damages after a High Court judge ruled that his detention had been partially unlawful.

Sheikh Raed Salah was initially detained in London in June after a series of Home Office blunders allowed him to bypass immigration officials, despite being banned from the country.

Lawyers believe the 52-year-old fathe

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Schools out of Tottenham Palestine Literary Festival

By Marcus Dysch, October 3, 2011

Eight schools pulled out of a literary festival organised by pro-Palestinian campaigners after Education Secretary Michael Gove intervened.

Pupils from the primary schools in the north London boroughs of Haringey and Islington were due to attend workshops led by anti-Israel activists at the Tottenham Palestine Literary Festival last weekend.

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Tourism with a twist

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2011

A new travel company is offering British Jews the opportunity to take holidays with a difference - staying with Muslim families in East Jerusalem and visiting the Palestinian territories.

The trips are part of a range of interfaith tours offered by Middle East Journeys to encourage religious Jews, Christians and Muslims to step out of their comfort zones and meet those with other beliefs.

Th

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Gove asks schools to pull out of Tottenham festival

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2011

Education Secretary Michael Gove has intervened to ask primary schools to pull their pupils out of a literature festival organised by pro-Palestinian campaigners.

Mr Gove wrote to headteachers after learning of the plans for youngsters to attend workshops at the Tottenham Palestine Literary Festival.

Eight schools from the north London boroughs of Islington and Haringey had signalled their i

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LPO: 'Jewish pressure' led to suspensions

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2011

Dozens of musicians, artists, playwrights and activists have urged the London Philharmonic Orchestra to reconsider its suspension of four members for expressing anti-Israel views.

In a letter published in the Daily Telegraph, 117 signatories, most of who have long track records of anti-Israel activism, attacked the LPO's action after the four players put their names and that of the LPO to a let

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NUS scraps former anti-Israel policy

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2011

The National Union of Students has scrapped its anti-Israel policy and replaced it with a motion backing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

NUS will now encourage student unions to host round-table debates on the situation in the Middle East and promote interfaith initiatives on campus.

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Sweet New Year for the troops

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2011

Packs of kosher provisions have been distributed to Jewish troops serving in the British armed forces to help them celebrate Rosh Hashanah.

The parcels, including honey cake, dried fruits, powdered chicken soup and other treats, were dispatched to those serving in Afghanistan and other conflict zones. They are provided by the Jewish Committee for HM Forces.

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Pledge to avoid Yom Tov clashes

By Marcus Dysch, September 27, 2011

Birkbeck College and the University of London Union have pledged to work harder to ensure Freshers' Week events do not clash with Jewish festivals or Shabbat.

Jewish students taking politics courses at Birkbeck were surprised to discover their induction evening was planned for this evening, clashing with both Rosh Hashanah and Shabbat.

ULU's Freshers' Fair was also due to take place today.

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