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6 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I January 2010
London Jewish school
guilty of discrimination
based on ethnicity. was rejected until an appeals court
The ruling, passed by a narrow overturned the previous rulings in
five-to-four majority by the nine judges July and said, “The admissions policy
sitting on Britain’s highest judicial should be based on the faith itself, not
body, received criticism from Jewish origin.”
leaders, who argued it could have an The school, backed by Britain’s
impact on other Jewish organizations Jewish community, appealed to the
in Britain. Supreme Court but the judicial body
The controversy arose after the ruled the school had discriminated
The UK Supreme Court ruled that
school refused to admit a 12-year-old against the boy on the basis of his
JFS school broke the law by granting
boy whose mother was not born into ethnic origin.
admissions based on ethnicity.
Judaism but had converted at a non- Russell Kett, the chairman of
A Jewish school in London is found
Orthodox synagogue — a conversion governors at JFS, formerly the
guilty of racial discrimination as the
process unrecognized by the Office of Jews’ Free School, said they were
UK top court describes the school’s
the Chief Rabbi of Britain. disappointed by the decision and
admission policy as based on ethnic
The school accordingly rejected would now try to establish a more
origins, not faith.
the boy’s application, saying that his workable solution for the school’s
The Supreme Court ruled that the
mother was not Jewish, and therefore admission test.
popular JFS school north of the capital
the boy was not either.
broke the law by granting admissions
The family’s suit against JFS
Young British Muslims honoured
The Muslim Council of Britain awards. at the most important time in the
honoured those grassroots community Speaking on the occasion, Lord development of our society. It’s very,
organisations who inspire excellence Sheikh lauded the contributions of very important that everybody sees
in their work with young people.In British Muslims to the British society this and welcomes it, and I think this
holding its second Young Muslim and said they have played a key role is the best counter to those who seek
Beacon Awards at the Westminster in developing a multicultural society in to separate and divide and you’ll find
House, the 2009 winners were the country. us all standing shoulder to shoulder to
the Leicestershire based-BUILD He said the British Muslims by defend our unity.”
Development Project, the national sheer dint of hard work and labour Dr. Phyllis Starkey appreciated
student body known as the Federation have been able to establish a MCB’s Youth Committee in
of Students Islamic Societies (FOSIS), place for themselves in the various encouraging young people within
and the disability charity the RADAR occupations and can be found in all the community to reach out to the
Leadership Project. almost all profession including the communities in Britain to play their full
The Awards were presented armed forces. part as active citizens of this country.
by MCB Secretary General Dr. In his commendation of the “It is incredibly important as you are
Muhammad Abdul Bari, Lord Altaf winners, the Awards’ external judge examples for your community and for
Sheikh of Cornhill, MP Alistair Burt, Neil Jameson, Executive Director the country as a whole,” he said.
Opposition Assistant Chief Whip of London Citizens, said, “it is
and the Chair of the Department for inspirational to see all the outstanding
Communities and Local Government work that is happening. The winners
Select Committee, MP Dr Phyllis have all carried out exceptional work.
Starkey MP. Their work is to be highly commended
The ceremony was attended by and will hopefully serve as examples
over 100 of MCB’s Affiliates, youth to the rest of the country”.
groups and civic society representative Presenting the Awards, Alistair Burt
bodies from across the UK, which said, “The Muslim Council of Britain
saw people from all backgrounds wants to emphasise what their young
converge to celebrate the work of people are doing and the contribution
the three organisations receiving the they are making to the nation arrives COMING SOON
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