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Jewish faith school’s admission policy amounts to “discrimination on the basis of race”

Jewish faith school’s admission policy amounts to “discrimination on the basis of race”

Posted: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:50

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator has instructed two Jewish faith schools to revise their admissions policies, with one of the schools found to have a policy which amounted to "discrimination on the basis of race."

Schools Minister writes to Rabbi over advice to avoid science questions at Jewish faith school

Schools Minister writes to Rabbi over advice to avoid science questions at Jewish faith school

Posted: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 12:59

The Minister for Schools has written to an Orthodox Jewish school, after the NSS raised concerns that the school was advising pupils to not answer exam questions on evolution and human reproduction.

Plans for new eruv cause division and objections from residents in Manchester

Plans for new eruv cause division and objections from residents in Manchester

Posted: Tue, 02 Dec 2014 14:25

Plans to erect an eruv in Hale have caused complaints and objections from local residents, whilst planners deny it will negatively affect the local area.

German newspaper forced to apologise over criticism of Islam piece

German newspaper forced to apologise over criticism of Islam piece

Posted: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:39

Germany's biggest selling newspaper, Bild am Sonntag, has had to apologise for an editorial comment piece which has sparked debate and controversy in the country for its criticism of Islam.

Poll shows that UK views its Muslims and Jews more favourably than other European countries

Poll shows that UK views its Muslims and Jews more favourably than other European countries

Posted: Wed, 28 May 2014 13:24

According to a recent poll from the US-based Pew Research Centre, the UK has a more favourable opinion of its Muslim community than any other European country surveyed.

Controversial eruv given go-ahead by local authorities

Controversial eruv given go-ahead by local authorities

Posted: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 10:08

Local councillors in Harrow and Hertsmere in Hertfordshire have approved plans to erect a Jewish aerial boundary spanning the two neighbouring boroughs.

Belgium: State funding to be withdrawn from religious schools that fail to teach mandatory curriculum

Belgium: State funding to be withdrawn from religious schools that fail to teach mandatory curriculum

Posted: Thu, 15 Aug 2013 15:31

New Belgian regulations that compel religious schools to teach the country's mandatory curriculum in full have been criticised by ultra-Orthodox Charedi Jews.

Tribunal rules that ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who wouldn’t work on Shabbat is entitled to benefits

Tribunal rules that ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who wouldn’t work on Shabbat is entitled to benefits

Posted: Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:13

An ultra-Orthodox (Charedi) Jewish man who refused to work on Shabbat has won an appeal against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) after he was denied Jobseeker's Allowance for over six months.

Economic crisis forcing Poland to reconsider its ban on ritual slaughter

Economic crisis forcing Poland to reconsider its ban on ritual slaughter

Posted: Tue, 21 May 2013 14:17

The Polish parliament, which banned ritual slaughter of animals for the halal and kosher markets in January, is now considering revoking the law because of economic pressures.

Majority oppose ritual slaughter of animals

Majority oppose ritual slaughter of animals

Posted: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 16:56

A new Yougov poll for the Jewish Chronicle shows a majority back a ban on religious slaughter. 45% of respondents supported a ban, 27% were against and 28% said they didn't know.

Peers call for action over 'religious courts'

Peers call for action over 'religious courts'

Posted: Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:41

Peers in the House of Lords have expressed overwhelming support for a bill to limit the power of self styled 'religious courts'.