Jessica Elgot
Jessica Elgot is Assistant News Editor at The Huffington Post UK, with a special interest in immigration, religion and extremism. She won the Wyn Harness Prize for Journalism in 2011. Previously, Jessica was a Senior Reporter for the Jewish Chronicle, the UK's oldest Jewish news paper and also reported for the Independent and i Paper. She continues to make regular appearances on BBC 5Live. She is an English Literature graduate of University of Nottingham and completed a Postgraduate degree at the University of Cardiff. Jessica can be reached at or on Twitter @jessicaelgot.

Entries by Jessica Elgot

ISIS 'Orders Genital Mutilation Of 4 Million Iraqi Women And Girls'

(0) Comments | Posted 24 July 2014 | (14:04)

Radical jihadists ISIS have apparently ordered the genital mutilation of up to four million women and girls in its occupied city of Mosul in northern Iraq, the UN has said.

But some experts say the fatwa, circulated on Twitter, could be a hoax from activists opposed to ISIS.

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Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, Sudanese Mother Sentenced To Death, Safe At Last In Italy

(0) Comments | Posted 24 July 2014 | (12:11)

The Sudanese mother sentenced to death for her Christian faith whilst pregnant with her baby daughter is safe at last, arriving in Italy after spending more than a month living in the US embassy in Khartoum.

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim, along with her husband and two children were met at Ciampino...

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Warning Home Office Could Be Raiding Genuine Weddings In Sham Marriage Panic

(6) Comments | Posted 23 July 2014 | (17:33)

Hundreds of people could be having their genuine marriages disrupted by Home Office raids, exclusive new figures have revealed.

Tomorrow, the Commons' Home Affairs Committee is expected to call for even harsher clampdowns on the problem of so-called 'sham marriage industry', with more extensive powers for registrars.

But data...

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PalesTinder Project Shows How Israelis Respond To Tinder Messages From Palestinians

(2) Comments | Posted 23 July 2014 | (15:25)

Can the magic of Tinder work across the West Bank separation wall? Could it lead to a love story as beautiful as Romeo and Juliet? Maybe, but probably not.

A group of Americans, some with dual Palestinian nationality working in the West Bank wanted to know what would happen if...

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Ukraine Rebels Shoot Down Another Two Jets As Donetsk Fighters Target Military Planes

(26) Comments | Posted 23 July 2014 | (12:38)

Ukraine's defence ministry says two of its military fighter jets have been shot down in the east of the country, less than a week after a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was destroyed by rebel fighters in the country's east.

The Sukhoi-25 fighters, referred to by NATO as 'Frogfoot', were shot...

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'I Thought It Was 1938' Israeli Ambassador's Fear Of Rising European Anti-Semitism

(3) Comments | Posted 23 July 2014 | (12:38)

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has given the go ahead for another pro-Palestinian demonstration tonight, after widespread condemnation that Paris had banned a march set for last weekend.

Extremist groups burned and vandalised Jewish shops and businesses in the Sarcelles suburb of Paris, with police fighting back demonstrators...

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Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans Gives Perfect Response To Horror Of MH17

(22) Comments | Posted 22 July 2014 | (14:29)

Amid the recriminations and blame that has descended into a Cold War of words between Russia and the West over the downing of flight MH17, the victims have been robbed of their dignity, laid bare in this powerful speech by the Dutch Foreign Minister.

Pausing at times to contain his...

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As The BNP Leader Departs, Here Are 12 Times Nick Griffin Utterly Embarassed Himself

(6) Comments | Posted 22 July 2014 | (13:10)

And so the political sphere bids farewell to Nick Griffin, the British National Party leader who occupied relatively meagre space, but shouted louder than most.

The resignation of the man who has been the face of the BNP for 14 years is the last in a catalogue of humiliations,...

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France's Jews Flee As Rioters Burn Paris Shops, Attack Synagogue

(116) Comments | Posted 22 July 2014 | (10:13)

France's politicians and community leaders have criticised the "intolerable" violence against Paris' Jewish community, after a pro-Palestinian rally led to the vandalizing and looting of Jewish businesses and the burning of cars.

It is the third time in a week where pro-Palestinian activists have clashed with the city's Jewish residents....

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6 Theories Why Malaysia Airlines MH17 Was Likely Brought Down By Pro-Russia Rebels

(11) Comments | Posted 18 July 2014 | (09:12)

Evidence is mounting that pro-Russia rebels were responsible for the crash of Malaysia Airlines MH17 over the east of Ukraine yesterday, which killed all 298 people on board.

As well as now deleted posts on social media that apparently to take responsibility for the tragedy, leaked...

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Malaysia Airlines MH17 Flight Carried Up To 100 AIDS Researchers - 'The Cure For AIDS Could Have Been On That Plane'

(10) Comments | Posted 18 July 2014 | (08:07)

As many as 100 of the world's most eminent AIDS researchers and experts may have been on the downed Malaysia Airlines flight, heading to a United Nations AIDS conference in Melbourne.

Trevor Stratton, an HIV/Aids consultant, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC): “The cure for AIDS may have been on...

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Fragile Ceasefire Begins In Gaza, But Hamas Gunmen Make Break For The Border

(17) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (15:33)

Israel and Hamas' fragile five-hour "pause" in hostilities has been threatened as the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) said it had stopped an attack by 13 Gaza gunmen who had crossed into its territory.

Army spokesman Lt Col Peter Lerner said the gunmen were 250 metres inside Israeli territory when they...

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Skinny Dipping In Regents Canal And 11 Other Pictures Of London's 1911 #Heatwave

(10) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (13:53)

No air conditioning or chilled drinks cabinets, the Londoners of 1911 had to think of more inventive ways to cool down. Like skinny dipping.

The Edwardians were struck by some of the highest temperatures ever recorded, with a high of 36.7C broken only 79 years later in the 1990 heatwave....

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#heatwave Brings Most Joyless Advice Ever From Experts

(21) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (11:47)

Britain will be hotter than Barbados today. But don't panic. Just turn off all the lights, close the curtains, and hide under the sofa with bottles of iced water and fans. It'll all be over be over soon.

The mercury soared as temperatures peaked at 29.1C (84.4F) in London,...

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Angela Merkel Gets Very Awkward Rendition Of Happy Birthday From Doting Reporter

(2) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (11:15)

It was, perhaps, no Marilyn Monroe to John F Kennedy.

But today is Angela Merkel's 60th birthday. And that calls for music. At the most awkward press conference of all time. (Well, maybe since that one time aman threw a shoe at George Bush.

At a press...

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Couple Spend Life Savings On Boat And Drones To Stop Migrant Deaths In The Med

(2) Comments | Posted 16 July 2014 | (15:54)

Regina Catrambone was enjoying the July sunshine on her boat off the coast of Italy's Lampedusa when something caught her eye, a winter jacket floating on the waves, surely an unseasonable item in the height of summer.

She called over the boat's captain, a former officer in the Maltese navy....

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While You Were Watching #Reshuffle, Here's 11 Things You Missed

(0) Comments | Posted 16 July 2014 | (15:00)

While Westminster obsessed over Michael Gove's demotion sideways move, and the Daily Mail swooned over the height of Esther McVey's blow-dry, real things happened to real people outside in the real world.

Controversial legislation was whistled through parliament, damning statistics about the bedroom tax came out and a Conservative Mayor...

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Violent Clashes Between Pro-Palestine, Jewish Activists As Middle East Crisis Spills Into Europe

(2) Comments | Posted 16 July 2014 | (10:11)

Fears are growing that the Middle East crisis could spiral into violent clashes across Europe, with Jewish activists and pro-Palestinian groups fighting on the streets of Paris.

A video has emerged showing dozens of Jewish men waving iron bars, chair legs and shooting pepper spray at pro-Palestinian demonstrators in the...

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Israel Set To Intensify Bombing Of Gaza Strip After Hamas Rejects Ceasefire

(11) Comments | Posted 16 July 2014 | (07:19)

Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has insisted he had "no choice" but to intensify bombing raids on the Gaza Strip, after the territory's leaders rejected a ceasefire proposal brokered by Egypt and killed an Israeli civilian overnight through continued rocket fire.

Ten people were reportedly killed in Gaza in overnight...

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World Cup Heartache Could Mean Victory For South America's Social Justice Protesters

(2) Comments | Posted 14 July 2014 | (15:07)

As Uruguay, Brazil, and finally Argentina crashed out of the World Cup, violence flared on the streets of the South American nations. But this is far from simple football hooliganism.

In Brazil, millions have marched for social justice causes, right until the World Cup final, and

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