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Union anti-boycott plan

By Marcus Dysch, January 29, 2015

A network of pro-Israel trade unionists has held its inaugural meeting to discuss combating boycotts.

Around 50 delegates representing 15 unions from across Britain met in London on Sunday for the networking and strategy session.

Speakers at the meeting included Labour peer Lord Glasman who called on unions to strengthen their links with Israel's Histadrut general federation of workers.

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Backing for debate over Hitler book sale

By Marcus Dysch, January 29, 2015

An MP's call for a national debate on the sale of offensive literature such as Mein Kampf has been welcomed by the Board of Deputies.

Labour's Thomas Docherty said he wanted to spark discussion about the book's availability after he noticed its commercial success while searching the history section of Amazon's website before his 40th birthday on Wednesday.

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Outrage over 'Question Time' slot for George Galloway

By Marcus Dysch and Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2015

Jewish leaders have reacted with fury to the BBC's decision to invite anti-Israel MP George Galloway onto a Question Time panel in Finchley, north-west London.

Mr Galloway, who refuses to debate with Israelis, will be a guest on the BBC1 current affairs programme when it is filmed in the parliamentary constituency with the country's largest Jewish population next week.

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Food for thought on ambassador's first visit

By Marcus Dysch, January 29, 2015

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub met leaders of the strictly Orthodox community this week in the first ever official visit by the country's top diplomat to Stamford Hill.

He toured a Jewish Care centre, the Yesodei Hatorah school and the Kol Boniach outreach group which helps teenagers at risk in north London.

It was hoped the visit would strengthen relations between the strictly Orthodox comm

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Two IDF soldiers killed in clash on Lebanon border

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2015

The IDF has confirmed two soldiers were killed and a number of others wounded in an incident on the Lebanese border.

Earlier reports suggested four people had been killed.

An IDF patrol was hit by rocket fire in the Har Dov area. Initial reports suggested anti-tank missiles and grenades had been fired by Hizbollah terrorists on the border.

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Maureen Lipman: rising hate has made me consider leaving UK

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2015

The rise in antisemitic incidents across Britain has made Maureen Lipman considering leaving the country.

The Hull-born actress said her long-held fears over the future safety of Jews had developed into a genuine consideration of whether to move away over recent months.

In a Holocaust Memorial Day interview on LBC radio, Ms Lipman said she had thought about moving to New York or Israel.

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David Cameron announces new Holocaust memorial will be built in London

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2015

A national Holocaust memorial and learning centre will be built in central London, David Cameron has pledged.

Announcing a range of measures on Holocaust Memorial Day, the Prime Minister said Britain was making a “bold statement” about the importance it puts on preserving the memory of the Holocaust.

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BBC attacked over 'provocative' George Galloway Question Time appearance

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2015

The BBC has been attacked for its decision to invite anti-Israel MP George Galloway to appear on a Question Time panel in Finchley, north-west London.

Mr Galloway, who refuses to debate with Israelis, will be part of the programme filmed in the parliamentary constituency with the country’s largest Jewish population next week.

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Europe marks Holocaust Memorial Day as Steven Spielberg warns of growing antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2015

Steven Spielberg has led Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, warning of growing antisemitism in Europe.

Speaking to Holocaust survivors in Krakow, Poland, ahead of an official service at the concentration camp, he said there were renewed attempts to “banish” Jews from the continent.

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Most Ukip voters would not accept a Jewish prime minister, poll reveals

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2015

Fewer than half of all Ukip supporters would be prepared to accept a Jewish politician becoming prime minister, polling has revealed.

Only 48 per cent of people intending to vote for the party agreed that a Jewish leader would be as acceptable as any other in Downing Street.

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Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan dies aged 75

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2015

Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has died after a long battle with cancer, his family have said.

The 75-year-old was once one of five Jewish cabinet members in Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government.

He died at his home in London on Wednesday night.

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Labour government would weaken Israel-UK relationship, says cabinet minister

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2015

The impact of a Labour government on Britain's relationship with Israel could be "chilling", the Northern Ireland Secretary has claimed.

Theresa Villiers told the JC that this country's role as a key ally of Israel would be seriously diminished if Ed Miliband were to become prime minister in May.

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JC poll reveals most Jews feel government not doing enough to combat hate

By Marcus Dysch, January 21, 2015

More than half of British Jews say the government is not doing enough to combat antisemitism in Britain.

Asked whether the government was doing “all it can” to combat antisemitism in the UK, 33 per cent said it was.

But according to this week’s JC Survation poll, 55 per cent say the coalition “should be doing more”. The remaining 12 per cent said they did not know.

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Shimon Peres to be guest of honour at London dinner

By Marcus Dysch, January 21, 2015

Shimon Peres will be the guest speaker at the Zionist Federation’s gala dinner in London in May.

The former Israeli president will be honoured by the charity with a special tribute night in front of an expected 1,000 diners.

Mr Peres, who retired as Israel’s head of state in July last year, has not spoken in Britain since 2008.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis welcomes Theresa May’s promise to defend UK Jews

By Marcus Dysch, January 19, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has welcomed Home Secretary Theresa May’s pledge to defend Britain’s Jewish community.

Mrs May told a Board of Deputies meeting on Sunday that the government would fight to keep Jews safe in this country.

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CST in figures - a full list of steps it has taken to make communal buildings secure

By Marcus Dysch, January 15, 2015

An unprecedented level of security measures has been implemented in Jewish areas by security groups.

Experts stressed that ties with police and politicians were closer than ever, but the Community Security Trust admitted fears among British Jews were "as bad as we can recall" amid concerns of possible copy-cat terror strikes.

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Osborne presents Shoah survivors with medals

By Marcus Dysch, January 15, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled a specially minted commemorative medal to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust.

Minted medals - commissioned by the Holocaust Educational Trust, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Mr Osborne – were presented to Shoah survivors at a Downing Street reception on Tuesday evening.

Struck by the Royal Mint, it features the words "Libera

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George Osborne launches Holocaust commemoration medal

By Marcus Dysch, January 14, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled a specially minted commemorative medal to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust.

The medal – commissioned by the Holocaust Educational Trust, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Mr Osborne – was presented to Shoah survivors at a Downing Street reception on Tuesday evening.

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David Cameron pledges to do everything possible to protect community

By Marcus Dysch, January 13, 2015

David Cameron has reassured Jewish leaders of Britain's ability to protect the community following the terror attacks in Paris.

At a meeting in Downing Street this morning he told them the government was doing everything possible to ensure organisations and charities were properly engaged with police and security services.

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Nick Clegg promises to protect Holocaust education funding

By Marcus Dysch, January 12, 2015

Holocaust education funding will be protected for the next five years if the Liberal Democrats return to government after the election, Nick Clegg has promised.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the £9 million budget for the Holocaust Education Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz programme would continue to 2020.

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