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Kent Ken O'Keefe invitation withdrawn

By Marcus Dysch, March 15, 2012

A Palestine solidarity group has withdrawn its invitation to an anti-Israel activist following controversy over comments he made comparing Jews to Nazis.

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Arrest on flight from Las Vegas to London

By Marcus Dysch, March 12, 2012

Two men, believed to be Israelis, who were arrested on a British Airways flight to Heathrow on Monday, have been released without charge.

The men were said to have made threatening remarks about the plane's destination and acted “disruptively” during a flight from Las Vegas.

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Leeds students celebrate England victory

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2012

Leeds JSoc enjoyed a triumphant visit to Middlesbrough to see England’s young football stars in action.

Thirty society members took part in last week’s coach trip to the town’s Riverside Stadium.

They saw the England under-21 side beat their Belgian counterparts 4-0, with goals from Henri Lansbury, centre back Steven Caulker and Arsenal prodigy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

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Hunt triumph at UCU

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2012

Sally Hunt has been overwhelmingly re-elected general secretary of the University and College Union, defeating Socialist Workers' Party member Mark Campbell.

Ahead of the election, Academic Friends of Israel warned that the union's stance on Israel during Ms Hunt's time in charge had left supporters of Israel "between a rock and a hard place".

UCU has adopted 16 anti-Israel resolutions under

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Ex-mayor forced to say sorry for 'blackshirts' outburst

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2012

A controversial councillor has been ordered to apologise to two residents whom he likened to fascists during arguments over a company with links to Israel.

In heated emails, Barnet councillor Brian Coleman dismissed their complaints as "anti-Israel nonsense" and told one: "I suppose 70 years ago you would have been in the blackshirts."

The residents had written to Cllr Coleman about waste ma

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Newspaper defends Hitler letter

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2012

The Swindon Advertiser has defended its decision to publish a reader's letter which praised Hitler.

The reader asked how Britain could come to terms with the government's austerity measures, before noting that Hitler had faced a similar economic situation when elected in Germany in 1933.

The letter concluded: "This, however, did not prevent him from embarking on a programme of extensive soci

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Swastikas anger MPs

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2012

The desecration of a war memorial involving Nazi graffiti has been condemned by MPs.

Vandals drew swastikas and comments praising the Nazis on the British Thomson Houston memorial in Rugby, Warwickshire.

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Baroness still raising questions

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2012

When Baroness Tonge resumed her normal business this week, asking a Foreign Office minister about alleged Israeli mistreatment of Palestinians, observers could have been forgiven for wondering whether her query on "forced expulsion" was raised with a tinge of self-interest.

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Baroness Deech warns of campus racism

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2012

Universities must not be complacent in tackling campus antisemitism, a government minister has warned.

Baroness Verma, the Business, Innovation and Skills spokeswoman in the House of Lords, said laws on the issue were clear and reinforced: "There is absolutely no place in our universities for racism, including antisemitism."

She was responding to Baroness Deech, who asked the government to c

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'Isolation will rise' warns chaplain

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2012

Students at universities with small Jewish populations could become increasingly isolated in the coming year, a chaplain has warned.

Reverend Malcolm Weisman fears the increased student fees which come into effect in September will mean more teenagers choose to stay at home to study, reducing the size of Jewish communities at campuses around the country.

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Students saddle up for WJR race night

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2012

Nottingham Students raised more than £1,000 for World Jewish Relief by staging a race night.

The Young WJR student committee welcomed more than 150 people to the event, held at the city's Coco Lounge bar.

Partygoers received betting tokens to gamble on horse races shown on a big screen.

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Sally Hunt re-elected as UCU general secretary

By Marcus Dysch, March 6, 2012

Sally Hunt has been re-elected general secretary of the University and College Union after defeating Socialist Workers' Party member Mark Campbell.

Ms Hunt received 10,776 votes, a winning margin of almost 7,000 and representing 73 per cent of the votes cast.

The winning margin was five times larger than when she was first elected in 2007.

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Police probe into Israel "must be destroyed" speaker dropped

By Marcus Dysch, March 5, 2012

Police have dropped an investigation into comments made by controversial former US marine Ken O'Keefe at an Israel Apartheid Week event.

Officers studied video footage of Mr O'Keefe telling an audience that Israel "must be destroyed", but decided no criminal offence had been committed.

Mr O'Keefe had responded to last week's news of the investigation by tweeting: "Bring it ****ing on."

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School supporters pack meeting but fail to sway council

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

A well-supported proposal to develop a former football ground into a Jewish school and wider facilities has been passed over by Barnet Council.

Hundreds of Jewish pupils and their parents attended the council's cabinet resources committee meeting on Tuesday night in the hope of swaying councillors.

But the committee voted to sell the four-acre site in Claremont Road, Cricklewood, to housing

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Why, Mr Ambassador, you're spoiling me…

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

Many married couples agree not to discuss work issues at home but, for one Israeli family, the subject has become unavoidable.

Boaz Modai, Israel's ambassador to Ireland, warmly welcomed a familiar face as his new deputy at the Dublin embassy last week - his wife, Nurit Tinari-Modai.

It is thought to be the first time an Israeli husband and wife have worked together as ambassador and deputy.

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Islamic student head calls for co-operation

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

Jewish and Muslim students must work together to tackle antisemitism and Islamophobia and should embrace "reconciliation", according to the president of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (Fosis).

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Greens denounce JNF as 'racist' and colonial

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

The Green Party has called for the JNF to be stripped of its charity status and has pledged to sign up to a campaign which calls the charity "racist".

Delegates voted unanimously in favour of a motion condemning JNF's activities and denouncing its "claims to be an ecological agency" at the England and Wales party's spring conference on Sunday.

The motion was proposed by Deborah Fink, co-foun

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Group launches with Malta visit

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

Mature students from across Europe took part in the Jewish European Professional group's inaugural event.

A sister organisation of the European Centre of Jewish Students, Brussels-based JEP will provide professionals aged 27 to 39 with a range of programmes and activities as well as three major events a year.

More than 120 people from 16 countries including Russia, Serbia, Monaco and the Net

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Chief praises Chaplaincy at gala dinner

By Marcus Dysch, March 1, 2012

University Jewish Chaplaincy has raised more than £200,000 at its first gala dinner for more than 20 years.

The event was held in honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks who told the 350 guests of his commitment to supporting Chaplaincy's work on campuses, where, he said "Jewish identities are either made or lost".

Lord Sacks said he had encouraged his predecessor Lord Jakobovits to support the ch

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Tonge resigns from Liberal Democrats after Israel controversy

By Marcus Dysch, February 29, 2012

Baroness Tonge has resigned from the Liberal Democrats following anti-Israel comments she made at an Israel Apartheid Week event.

She rejected an ultimatum from party leader Nick Clegg to apologise for the remarks and will no longer sit on the party's benches in the House of Lords.

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