‘Jewish’ left off as religious category in British students’ survey

(JTA) – The president of Britain’s National Union of Students (NUS) apologized after the option of identifying as Jewish was left off a student survey for the second time.

A question about students’ religions on a survey sent out last week, as on a survey in July, gave as options: “Buddhist,” “Christian,” “Hindu,” “Muslim,” “Sikh,” “Spiritual,” “Agnostic,” “Atheist,” “Any other religion or belief,” “Other” and “Prefer not to say.” [Read more…]

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Britain joins U.S., Canada in opposing UN resolution on ‘Syrian Golan’

(JTA) – Britain for the first time joined the United States and Canada in opposing a UN resolution condemning Israel’s control over the Golan Heights and declaring it Syrian.

On Thursday, the British delegate told the assembly he voted no because “resolutions which undermine the credibility of UN bodies risk hardening positions on both sides, and do little to advance peace or mutual understanding,” he said. “It is unnecessary and disproportionate.” [Read more…]

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Europe-funded group boasts to donors about obtaining arrest warrant for Livni

Tzipi Livni, leader of the Hatnua party, speaking at The Jerusalem Post diplomatic conference in Herzliya, Dec. 12, 2012. (Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/FLASH90/JTA)

Tzipi Livni, leader of the Hatnua party, speaking at The Jerusalem Post diplomatic conference in Herzliya, Dec. 12, 2012. (Photo: Marc Israel Sellem/FLASH90/JTA)

(JTA) – An organization that allocates European funding to Palestinian human rights groups boasted of initiating war crimes charges in Britain against Tzipi Livni, Israel’s former foreign minister.

The Ramallah-based Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat – a platform created by the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland – noted in its 2016 annual report of the legal troubles its “partners” gave Livni as an example of how it is “influencing duty bearers and building accountability.” [Read more…]

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Anti-Semitic incidents at British synagogue, Rome and Paris schools, and Holoicaust monument in Germany

(JTA) – Anti-Semitic graffiti was daubed on a sign of a synagogue in northern England and, in three separate incidents, outside schools in Rome and near Paris and on a Holocaust memorial monument in Germany.

Earlier this week visitors to the Etz Chaim synagogue in Leeds discovered a swastika and the word “kikes” spray-painted on a sign affixed to the synagogue’s perimeter fence, the Jewish News of London reported Wednesday. [Read more…]

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Anti-Semitic crime rose 44 per cent in Britain since 2014

(JTA) – Anti-Semitic crime in the United Kingdom rose 44 per cent in the past two years, according to a new audit released by the Campaign Against Antisemitism.

The 2016 National Antisemitic Crime Audit registered a total of 1,078 anti-Semitic crimes, including 105 that were violent – about one in 10. Only one of the violent crimes was prosecuted, according to the audit. [Read more…]

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