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Rabbi accuses education body of targeting Jewish schools

At an acrimonious meeting in the London borough of Hackney this week, Rabbi Avraham Pinter, above, attacked Ofsted inspectors, saying that it was “offensive and very patronising” to suggest ultra-Orthodox children attending illegal schools were not getting ‘the best’. In response to concerns about the physical safety of children in illegal schools voiced at a Hackney […]

Creationist Ben Carson won’t be in Trump’s administration

A large swathe of Americans can breathe easier today in the knowledge that Christian fundamentalist Ben Carson will not be part of President-elect Trump’s administration. Last week, it was widely reported that Carson was shortlisted to be Education Secretary, but later he was offered the post of Secretary of Health and Human Services. However, this […]

Israel’s Prime Minister wants noisy mosques to pipe down

Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday said he backed a bill limiting the volume of calls to prayer from mosques – and  he is now being accused of threatening religious freedom. Speaking before a ministerial committee adopted the draft bill, the Israeli Prime Minister reportedly said: I cannot count the times – they are simply too numerous – […]

Angry Christians launch ‘Bible bomb’ attack on UNESCO

The offices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Paris are being bombarded with Bibles, following its decision to refer to the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem only by its Islamic name, Haram al-Sharif. According to the BBC, last month, UNESCO adopted a controversial Arab-sponsored resolution which makes no […]

Jewish newspaper publishes ‘modest’ photo of Clinton

An Orthodox Jewish newpaper based in Monsey, New York, has become the target of scorn after it published a photo of Hillary Clinton with her face obscured. According to this report, OnlySimchas.com, an Orthodox dating website, reacted to the Yated Ne’eman picture by saying: History is made as Yated Ne’eman publishes a picture of Hillary […]

Muslim hate preacher should be booted out of the UK

Human rights activist Peter Tatchell has called on the UK authorities to revoke the visa of an Islamic hate preacher, Shaykh Hamza Sodagar, above. US-based Sodagar, according to this report, has began a series of lectures in London. He is noted for advocating death for homosexuals, saying in a video that there are five ways of disposing […]

Education Minister says religion should trump science

Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett, above, last week stressed the importance of Jewish studies over secular subjects. He was quoted here as saying: Learning about Judaism and excellence in the subject is more important in my eyes than mathematics and the sciences – and it is hard for me to say that. His comments came […]

Orthodox Jews sentenced for attack on gay black man

A Brooklyn judge this week sentenced two Hasidic men to 150 hours of community service for their part in the vicious beating of a gay black man, Taj Patterson. According to this report, Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun had delayed the sentencing of Pinchas Braver and Abraham Winkler, above, so they could find an […]

Crazy Jewish sect bars women from attending universities

A warning that a university education is ‘dangerous’ and should be avoided by Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women has been issued by the insular Satmar sect, which has its headquarters in New York. According to this report, a decree issued by the sect and written in Yiddish, says: It has lately become the new trend that girls […]

£1-million needed to keep Jewish children ‘pure and holy’

A fund-raising drive has been launched in the UK by ultra-Orthodox Jews to  raise £1-million  to prevent children escaping from strict faith communities and living with ‘irreligious parents’ in an ‘evil culture’. The Independent reports that drive has been established to fund the legal fees of divorcing parents involved in child custody battles with ex-partners […]