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Government bans extremist Islamic group

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

The government has proscribed an extremist Muslim group notorious for burning poppies on Armistice Day and attacking supporters of Jewish and Israeli causes.

Muslims Against Crusades will be banned from Britain from midnight. Being a member or supporter of the organisation will become a criminal offence.

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Chabad hosts Mayor

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

Oxford Chabad hosted a Shabbat dinner in honour of the city's first Jewish Lord Mayor for almost 900 years.

Councillor Elise Benjamin was joined by other civic dignitaries and around 80 students and university staff members at the Slager Chabad Jewish Centre.

Cllr Benjamin spoke of her pride at the Jewish community's connections to the city, which stretch back to medieval times.

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Campus notebook: new Middlesex JSoc

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

● Jewish students at Middlesex University have set up a new JSoc.

The newly-created committee signed up 30 members at last month's Freshers Fair, and has recorded more than 100 people showing interest in educational and social events.

One of the first events was a Halloween bar crawl, attended by around 15 students. A sushi night will be held on Monday, November 14, in support of Tzedek.

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Mensch proud to speak at Stand With Us event

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

Conservative MP Louise Mensch said she was proud to speak at a Jewish student conference despite criticism from anti-Israel bloggers.

Mrs Mensch was guest speaker at Sunday's Stand With Us – Israel in Focus conference.

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Euro 2012 warning

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

Concerns have been raised about the likelihood of antisemitic abuse and incidents taking place at football's European Championships next year.

MP John Mann, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, has asked Uefa to explain what will be done to avoid incidents at the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine next June.

In a letter to Uefa president Michel Platini,

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Liberation: campaign is close to collapsing

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students has been forced to cancel plans for a week of Israel advocacy events on campuses.

"Liberation Week" was due to begin on Monday.

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Call for UJS campaigns director to go

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2011

An online petition has been launched calling on the Union of Jewish Students to sack its campaigns director.

It follows a clash between Dan Sheldon and Zionist Federation co-vice-chairman Jonathan Hoffman during a debate hosted by Leeds JSoc on Monday.

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Board of Deputies woos under 35s

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2011

More must be done to encourage younger members of the community to join the Board of Deputies, according to the 250-year-old organisation's own executive officers.

President Vivian Wineman, senior vice-president Jonathan Arkush, and chief executive Jon Benjamin have acknowledged that greater efforts must be made to recognise the talents and contribution of younger Jews.

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Best shawarma is shop-bought

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2011

Too dry? Too chewy? Too greasy? Those were the questions on the lips of the audience at Israel Connect's first Shawarma Showdown.

The lighthearted contest was organised to settle one of the community's favourite debates - who makes London's best kosher shawarma?

More than 70 people tucked in to different versions of the popular Israeli dish at a north-west London pub on Sunday evening.

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Britain's first transgender rabbi?

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2011

A peace worker who wants to become Britain's first transgender rabbi is to feature in a new prime-time documentary.

Maxwell Zachs, who did not want to give his birth name, was born female but began the physical transition to become a man in 2009.

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University minister: 'ignore anti-Israel hotheads'

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2011

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts has urged Britain and Israel to look beyond delegitimisation and boycott campaigns and instead celebrate the level of co-operation between the two countries.

He acknowledged that anti-Israel activity on British campuses remained a problem, but said business, academic and research links were "mutually beneficial and making real progress".

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Campus notebook: Succot special

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2011

● Tribe, the United Synagogue's youth arm, has held educational events in Birmingham and Cambridge.

At Cambridge University, around 25 students listened to a talk on the meaning of Succot by Rabbi Michael Laitner of the US Living and Learning division.

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It's all Greek at the New Year party

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2011

Hundreds of Jewish students from across Europe are expected to travel to Athens to celebrate a Chanucah and New Year's Eve party with a difference.

The European Centre for Jewish Students will mark the Maccabees' victory over the Greek emperor, Antiochus, with a range of festivities.

Students and young professionals aged between 18 and 35 will stay in a five-star hotel in the centre of the c

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Israel debate can 'set the tone' for year

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2011

The Israel Society at the London School of Economics hosted a panel debate on the future of the two-state solution.

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Banned activist Salah seeking to appeal deportation ruling

By Marcus Dysch, November 2, 2011

Palestinian activist Raed Salah has requested permission to appeal against a tribunal ruling which agreed he should be removed from Britain, the JC can confirm.

Last week an immigration tribunal found in favour of Home Secretary Theresa May's order that Sheikh Salah should be banned from Britain as his presence "would not be conducive to the public good".

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PSC forced to cancel trade union conference

By Marcus Dysch, October 28, 2011

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has been forced to cancel a conference with trade unionists which was due to take place tomorrow.

The event was expected to promote boycott methods and encourage local groups to support BDS measures against Israel. Speakers were to include RMT general secretary Bob Crow.

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Campus Notebook: British students targeted for Israel university

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2011

● Bar-Ilan University is hoping to attract British students to its gap year programme.

The Israel XP scheme was launched two years ago at the Ramat Gan-based university and has so far welcomed students mainly from North America.

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Refreshed Booze for Jews strikes right note

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2011

Nottingham JSoc has held the country’s first Booze for Jews event of the new academic year.

With the flagship party suffering a slight drop in attendances nationally in the past 12 months, the Nottingham committee took a new approach, giving the celebration a theme and embarking on a fresh marketing initiative.

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Israel tent city an inspiration for Occupy London protest

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2011

Rabbis and community leaders have signed a letter supporting activists taking part in the Occupy London protests outside St Paul's Cathedral.

Their backing comes as Jewish participants in the protests - working under the "Occupy Judaism" and "Occupy Torah" slogans - drew comparisons with the tent city demonstrations seen in Israel during the summer.

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Ken Livingstone: Board of Deputies gave me 'grief'

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2011

Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has reflected on his fraught relationship with British Jewry in his newly-published memoirs.

In You Can't Say That, Mr Livingstone details long-running disputes with the Board of Deputies, explains his views on Israel, and recalls the infamous evening when he told a Jewish journalist he was "just like a concentration camp guard".

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