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Antisemitism inquiry is 'the Labour party looking at itself in the mirror', says chair Shami Chakrabarti

By Sandy Rashty, May 24, 2016

Shami Chakrabarti, chair of the Labour party’s inquiry into antisemitism, has described the investigation as “the Labour party, looking at itself in the mirror”.

Ms Chakrabarti, a lawyer and the former director of human rights group Liberty, also said she decided to join Labour because she did not want to be accused of being “out to make trouble”.

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John Mann pledges to confront Ken Livingstone again over 'Hitler backed Zionism' comment

By Sandy Rashty, May 24, 2016

John Mann, the Labour MP for Bassetlaw, has vowed to name and shame people who sent him abusive messages after he publicly called Ken Livingstone “a Nazi apologist” for claiming that Hitler backed Zionism.

Speaking at an Israel charity event on Monday night, Mr Mann said he had been accused of being part of a “conspiracy” for standing up against antisemitism.

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Young Jews ‘more engaged’ in EU vote than other ethnic minorities

By Sandy Rashty, May 20, 2016

Young Jews are more likely to register to vote in the EU referendum than young people from other ethnic minority communities, according to a leading campaigner.

A YouGov poll of 1,300 young adults aged 18 to 30 found that young people from black and ethnic minority communities (BME) were less likely to vote than people from a white background.

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Debating the Middle East - without a fight

By Sandy Rashty, May 19, 2016

The secret to hosting Israel-related events without attracting "megaphone wars" lies in promoting balanced criticism and not tolerating antisemitism, according to a leading expert.

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Donors pay for jet to fly injured men back to UK

By Sandy Rashty, May 19, 2016

Two strictly Orthodox men who were seriously injured in a car crash in Hungary were due to be flown back to the UK this week.

Yeshiva students Yehuda Roittenbarg and Benjamin Cohen, from Stamford Hill, north London, were said to be in a critical condition after their car crashed into a lorry on Wednesday last week.

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JNF's eco-plan for refugees

By Sandy Rashty, May 19, 2016

An Israeli charity is planning to employ thousands of Syria refugees as part of a project to regenerate a forest in Europe.

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Middle East Minister plans Israel trip for Premier League club AFC Bournemouth

By Sandy Rashty, May 17, 2016

Tobias Ellwood, the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, has hailed the “important” relationship between the UK and Israel – adding that he intends to take his constituency’s football team AFC Bournemouth to visit the country.

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Middle East Minister plans Israel trip for Premier League club AFC Bournemouth

By Sandy Rashty, May 17, 2016

Tobias Ellwood, the Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, has hailed the “important” relationship between the UK and Israel – adding that he intends to take his constituency’s football team AFC Bournemouth to visit the country.

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Charedi pair in critical condition after car crash responding to treatment

By Sandy Rashty, May 16, 2016

Two strictly Orthodox British men, who were in “critical” condition after a car crash in Hungary, were brought out of their induced comas this morning.

The yeshiva students, Yehuda Roittenbarg and Binyamin Cohen, from Stamford Hill, north London, have been in hospital in the city of Miskolc since the crash last Wednesday.

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Young donors are a concern, says Israel charity chief

By Sandy Rashty, May 16, 2016

British Jews do not have to choose between donating money to Israel and other causes, according to the head of the UK's largest pro-Israel charity.

Michael Wegier, UJIA chief executive, said the community had a responsibility to give to Israel causes as well as international charities and domestic groups.

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Two strictly Orthodox British men in critical condition after car crash in Hungary

By Sandy Rashty, May 12, 2016

Two strictly Orthodox men – aged 19 and 20 – are said to be in critical condition after a car crash in Hungary on Wednesday night.

The Yeshiva students, named as Yehuda Roittenbarg and Binyamin Cohen, from Stamford Hill, north London, were taken to hospital after the crash where they were placed in induced comas.

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Story of abused mum moves JWA supporters

By Sandy Rashty, May 12, 2016

An emotional letter from a domestic abuse victim was read out by actress Alison Steadman at Tuesday's annual fundraising lunch for Jewish Women's Aid.

The letter was from a young mother, given the pseudonym Becca, who left her husband a year ago after receiving support from JWA.

"For a while I just suffered quietly, thinking what I was going through was normal," she wrote.

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Celebration for winners in the north, but chaos for voters in north London

By Sandy Rashty, May 12, 2016

Zac Goldsmith, the Conservative candidate for London Mayor, was widely accused of running a "divisive" campaign following his defeat to Sadiq Khan.

Mr Goldsmith, whose grandfather Frank was Jewish, lost by 994,614 votes (43.2 per cent) to Mr Khan's 1,310,143 (56.8 per cent).

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Cabinet minister Stephen Crabb says Palestinians must end glorification of terror

By Sandy Rashty, May 12, 2016

Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb has reaffirmed the UK government’s commitment to fighting Palestinian terror, condemning recent attacks on Israel as unacceptable.

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Winning a Bafta is just as tough as teaching at JFS says award-winning filmmaker

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2016

A JFS teacher turned award-winning filmmaker has claimed that making ground-breaking films is just as challenging as teaching students at the largest Jewish school in Europe.

Neil Grant won a Bafta award for best factual series on Sunday after the success of his three-part Channel 4 documentary The Murder Detectives.

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