Lords’ anti-Israel bias shocks Liberal Democrats peer

By Simon Rocker, November 2, 2012

One of the most recent Jewish members of the House of Lords has said he feels “uncomfortable” at what he considers disproportionate criticism of Israel in the chamber.


Plot to kidnap Tunisian Jews foiled

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2012

A terrorist group that planned to kidnap Tunisian Jews has been arrested and put on trial.

The fundamentalist group, led by a senior police officer, plotted to snatch community members while on their usual seaside walk after Friday-night synagogue service.


Terror plot and a ‘gun raid on shul’

By Anna Sheinman, November 1, 2012

Three Birmingham men accused of planning a huge terrorist attack in the UK discussed the possibility of charging into a synagogue with guns if they could not create a bomb.

Ashik Ali, Irfan Khalid, both 27, and Irfan Naseer, 31, deny planning and fundraising for a terrorist attack and recruiting others for terrorism.


Making campus safer for Jewish students

By Marcus Dysch, November 1, 2012

Student union sabbatical officers have taken part in a conference designed to help them better understand Jewish students’ needs.

Organised by the Union of Jewish Students, the conference sessions included discussions about combating hate speech and antisemitism and the impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on British campuses.


‘Antisemite’ vicar in Board of Deputies complaint

By Marcus Dysch, November 1, 2012

The Board of Deputies has made an unprecedented formal complaint to the Church of England over the conduct of a controversial Anglican vicar.

Reverend Stephen Sizer is accused by the Board of “conduct unbecoming or inappropriate to the office and work of a clerk in Holy Orders”.


Lecturer sues union over antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, November 1, 2012

A Jewish academic repeatedly broke down in tears as he told an employment tribunal that he had suffered a decade of harassment while opposing a boycott of Israel.

Maths lecturer Ronnie Fraser, whose parents escaped Nazi Germany, said he felt a special responsibility to challenge the University and College Union after it rejected a widely-accepted definition of antisemitism.


Concerns of anti-semitism in Euro media

By Jon Silverman, October 26, 2012

Journalists from Hungary and Slovakia have voiced concern about the level of antisemitism in the media of their respective states.


UCU and antisemitism: academic tribunal to start

October 26, 2012

A Jewish academic’s employment tribunal against the University and College Union is due to begin next week.

Ronnie Fraser threatened UCU with legal action last year following its rejection of the widely-accepted definition of antisemitism. His tribunal will begin in central London on Monday, and is expected to last two weeks.


Antisemitic abuse aimed at teen thieves

By Marcus Dysch, October 26, 2012

Two teenagers who broke into a synagogue have been released from a young offenders’ institute after winning an appeal against their original sentences.

David Gutweith, 18, and Uriel Broder, 19, were initially ordered to serve 16 weeks in a young offenders’ institute earlier this month after admitting taking part in a burglary at the Beth Shmuel Synagogue in Golders Green.


Irish TV host: ‘Israel is cancer’

By Anna Sheinman, October 25, 2012

A renowned Irish broadcaster has referred to Israel as a “cancer”.

Speaking about the US presidential debates on Tuesday night, Vincent Browne lamented the lack of discussion of American support for Israel. “Israel is the cancer in foreign affairs,” he said, adding: “It’s a massive injustice — they stole the land from the Arabs.”