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Lord Weidenfeld dies aged 96

By Marcus Dysch, January 20, 2016

Publisher and philanthropist Lord Weidenfeld has died aged 96.

The peer died "peacefully in his sleep" on Wednesday morning following a brief illness, his family said in a statement.

He is expected to be buried in Israel.

In a tribute, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Lord Weidenfeld had traveled "a unique path from refugee to peer".

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Knives are out as butchers attack meat price study

By Marcus Dysch, January 14, 2016

Kosher meat producers have reacted furiously to a study which claimed their prices had soared in the past decade.

Butchers said the figures had been "manipulated" to ignore market forces and increased production costs.

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Jewish MP promoted to shadow minister says he can work with Jeremy Corbyn despite Israel differences

By Marcus Dysch, January 11, 2016

One of Labour’s new shadow foreign ministers has said he believes he can work under Jeremy Corbyn despite their differences of opinion on Israel.

Fabian Hamilton, a vocal critic of the party’s approach to the issue of Palestinian statehood during Ed Miliband’s leadership, said he knew there would be “difficult bridges to cross” in his work alongside Mr Corbyn.

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Rock-throwing Palestinians have killed Israeli children, embassy tells Labour MP

By Marcus Dysch, January 11, 2016

The Israeli embassy in Britain has complained to a Labour MP about her claim that no Israeli children have been killed by stone-throwing Palestinians.

During a parliamentary debate on child detainees and prisoners in the Palestinian territories, Naz Shah claimed it was “absolutely unacceptable” to arrest children.

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Joshua Rozenberg made an honorary Queen's Counsel

By Marcus Dysch, January 11, 2016

The lawyer and journalist Joshua Rozenberg has been appointed an honorary QC.

A non-practising solicitor, Mr Rozenberg was acknowledged by the Queen as the “pre-eminent legal analyst of modern times”.

He is best known as a leading law journalist and commentator and was the BBC’s first legal correspondent.

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Chief praises 'vital, exciting' India

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis hopes his historic visit to India this week will act as a catalyst for Jews to support literacy and aid programmes in the developing world.

During his 10-day tour of the country, Rabbi Mirvis visited 19 synagogues and met leaders of India's Jewish community.

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Dramatic rise in hate incidents in London

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2016

Antisemitic incidents almost doubled in one of the country's most Jewish populated boroughs in 2015, according to police figures.

There were 122 reports of such incidents in Hackney, the area of north-east London which is home to Britain's largest strictly Orthodox community, in the year from November 2014.

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Jeremy Corbyn promotes Israel supporter Fabian Hamilton to junior shadow foreign role

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet reshuffle has seen the promotion of a veteran Jewish Labour MP to a junior shadow Foreign Office role.

Fabian Hamilton has previously been highly critical of his party’s approach to Israel, accusing former leader Ed Miliband of “betraying” Israel with his position on the 2014 Gaza conflict.

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Britain needs watch-list of Israeli 'war criminals', says Labour MP

By Marcus Dysch, January 6, 2016

The government must set up a “watchlist” of Israelis who have committed war crimes by detaining and interrogating Palestinian children, a Labour MP has claimed.

Sarah Champion said the Israeli Defence Forces were guilty of "mass intimidation and collective punishment" of Palestinians in order to protect Israeli settlers in the West Bank.

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Angela Merkel to address major international conference on fighting antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, January 6, 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to address a major international conference against antisemitism, it has been announced.

The conference will be co-hosted by the German government in Berlin in March.

Mrs Merkel’s intention to speak about Jew hatred was unveiled by Bundestag vice-president Petra Pau during a visit to London this week.

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Co-op Bank to close account of anti-Israel group

By Marcus Dysch, January 5, 2016

An anti-Israel group has accused the Co-operative Bank of “institutional bullying and racism” after it was told its bank account would be closed.

Friends of Al-Aqsa (FOA) was informed last month that its account with the Co-op would be closed after a 60-day notice period.

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Israel supporter Michael Dugher sacked from shadow cabinet by Jeremy Corbyn

By Marcus Dysch, January 5, 2016

One of Labour’s leading supporters of Israel has been sacked from Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet as part of a New Year reshuffle.

Michael Dugher, a Labour Friends of Israel vice-chair, said he had been removed as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on Tuesday morning.

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Daughter of Lord Janner ‘grateful’ for support following his death

By Marcus Dysch, January 4, 2016

Laura Janner-Klausner, senior rabbi to the Movement for Reform Judaism, has written for the first time in depth about the death of her father, Lord Janner.

In a post on social media, Rabbi Janner-Klausner said she was trying to process the “extreme challenges” of the past year.

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Hull marks its 250th

By Marcus Dysch, January 4, 2016

The start of 2016 marks the opening of the Hull community's celebrations of the 250th anniversary of Jews settling in the city.

A series of events are planned to mark the occasion, including possible speaker sessions, an anniversary lunch, and souvenir brochure charting the history of Jews in the east Yorkshire city.

Hull's first Jewish resident was recorded as living in the city in 1766, wi

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Stella Creasy receives antisemitic Christmas card

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2015

A Labour politician has posted images on Twitter of an antisemitic, Holocaust-denying Christmas card she was sent in the post.

Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow, said she had received the card on Tuesday.

It appears to show a drawing of two people, with one asking the other: “Do you still believe in Father Christmas?”

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Muted tributes after death of Labour peer

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2015

v The death of Lord Janner on Saturday at the age of 87 came after a long battle with dementia.

His family said in a statement that the peer would be "deeply missed".

A former Board of Deputies president and long-serving MP, Lord Janner had been a leading figure in Anglo-Jewry for more than 40 years.

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Government report warns Muslim Brotherhood is ‘rite of passage for terror’

By Marcus Dysch, December 22, 2015

Muslim Brotherhood supporters use Britain as a base to support terrorist groups in the Palestinian territories, a government report into the Islamist organisation has found.

But while the Brotherhood's activities and ideology are contrary to national security, the group will not be banned in this country.

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Concerns over report into anti-Muslim hatred in Britain

By Marcus Dysch, December 10, 2015

A study into anti-Muslim hatred in Britain produced by an anti-fascist group could leave legitimate campaigners open to attack by jihadis, it has been claimed.

Hope Not Hate said it wanted the report – published on Wednesday – to highlight the “mainstreaming” of anti-Muslim hatred.

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Labour Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn to visit Israel

By Marcus Dysch, December 9, 2015

Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn is to visit Israel and the West Bank next week, it has been announced.

He is expected to meet Israeli politicians during time in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv before travelling to Ramallah.

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Police investigate horse scholar who snubbed Israeli girl over school project

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2015

A former Cambridge academic who told a 13-year-old Israeli girl she would only answer her questions about horses when there is peace in Palestine is being investigated by police.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary confirmed on Friday it was looking into a complaint about Dr Levine’s comment that “the Jews have become the Nazis”.

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