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Finsbury Park Terrorist Attack

Following the terrorist attack last night, Simon Johnson, Chief Executive of the Jewish Leadership Council said:

“We utterly condemn the vile, terrorist attack at the Finsbury Park Mosque last night. To target those at worship or observing their faith is a betrayal of our British values of tolerance, respect and kindness, on which our society is built. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families.”

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Simon Johnson Election Analysis - First snapshot of the new House of Commons

JLC Chief Executive Simon Johnson gives the first snapshot of the results and the potential impact of the House of Commons on the Jewish community on the morning after the 2017 General Election.

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JLC Comment on Jeremy Corbyn attending memorial to Munich Massacre Terrorists

Simon Johnson, Chief Executive of the Jewish Leadership Council said:

"In light of today's news reports, it is high time that Jeremy Corbyn clarify his views regarding Palestinian terrorism. At first sight, attending a wreath laying ceremony for a known terrorist, who led one of the most notorious acts of international terrorism, the attack on the Munich Olympics, would appear to be beyond the pale."

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JLC Weekly with Simon Johnson - 19 May 2017

JLC Weekly update with our Chief Executive Simon Johnson. This week the General Election, our upcoming hustings and antizionist attempts to stop the adoption and implementation of the IHRA antisemitism definition.

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JLC Weekly with Simon Johnson - 12 May 2017

JLC Weekly update with our Chief Executive Simon Johnson. This week covering FIFA, Christ College at Cambridge University the anniversary of the Six Day War and election manifestos.

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Public Statement on behalf of Christ’s College Cambridge concerning a complaint of anti-Semitism

In Autumn 2016, Christ’s College, Cambridge, received a complaint by two Jewish students from other colleges that they had been subjected to racial and anti-Semitic abuse by students of Christ’s at a party, held outside the College, organised by the Marguerites and Hippolytans Societies, two Christ’s College sporting societies. The Complaints were investigated by the College, as a result of which two Christ’s students were disciplined for swearing and physical aggression, although no finding of racist or anti-Semitic abuse was made.  The Societies were prevented from organising social events out of College for the remainder of the academic year. Events in College were allowed subject to supervision.

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JLC elects new Chairman and two trustees

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Jonathan Goldstein was elected the new Chair of The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) at a meeting of the organisation’s Council, having set out his vision for the organisation at an event in April.

Two new trustees were also elected to join the JLC’s Board. Steven Lewis and Hilda Worth received the most votes from current Trustees and Members of the Council, excluding Vice Presidents, and have assumed their role with immediate effect. They join an existing board of nine, with an additional trustee to be appointed at the next Trustees meeting.

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JLC Weekly with Simon Johnson - 5th May 2017

In the first of a series of weekly videos, JLC Chief Executive gives his thoughts on the snap General Election, what the JLC will be doing during this period, the upcoming French Presidential election on Sunday and his best wishes to the Duke Of Edinburgh. 

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Statement on suspension of Liberal Democrat candidate David Ward

Commenting on the suspension of David Ward as a Liberal Democrat member and Parliamentary Candidate for the forthcoming General Election, JLC CEO Simon Johnson said:

“The action taken by Tim Farron to sack David Ward as a candidate for the 2017 General Election is the right one and we welcome it. The selection of David Ward for Bradford East was an error, and rightly criticised by politicians from all parties. Mr Ward’s views are offensive, and he has been an unrepentant serial offender. It is important that all parties have a zero tolerance approach to antisemitism”.

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Jewish community deeply disappointed at Labour’s decision not to expel Livingstone

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Click to watch JLC Chief Executive Simon Johnson react to the Livingstone decision

Given that Ken Livingstone has been found guilty, we are deeply disappointed at the decision not to expel him from the Labour Party. A temporary suspension is no more than a slap on the wrist.  Mr Livingstone’s inaccurate and antagonistic comments including over the past 40 years have had a huge impact on the Jewish community. We feel that the Labour Party should have had the courage to address this deeply offensive behaviour with a firmer penalty. 

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