Catholic head criticises Israel at midnight mass

By Jennifer Lipman, December 27, 2011

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster used his Christmas sermon to mount an attack on Israel's policy in the West Bank.

Vincent Nichols, who is the head of the Catholic church of England and Wales, said during his midnight mass sermon that he was praying for families in Bethlehem.


A Christmas carol? What the Dickens

By David Robson, December 16, 2011

The Chief Rabbi has said he enjoys Christmas carol concerts and finds them uplifting. Needless to say there has been a Scrooge or two (Menachem and Moishe Scrooge) who have said "bah humbug". I have no problem with the Chief Rabbi's taste; I agree with him.


Church bells and a chuppah

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

A rabbi and a priest will be joining forces this weekend to officiate at what they believe to be the UK's first Catholic-Jewish wedding ceremony in a Catholic church.

When James Hughes and his non-Jewish fiancée Eleanor Rochford tie the knot on Sunday they will have a traditional Catholic ceremony.


Liverpool Archbishop: UN bid is 'opportunity' for Middle East

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2011

The Archbishop of Liverpool has called for "intensified prayers" for a solution to the Middle East conflict as the Palestinians take their bid for unilateral statehood to the UN.


Jews removed from iTunes gospel and Christian section

By Anna Sheinman, September 19, 2011

The iTunes online store has responded to criticisms that Jewish songs were being listed as "Christian and Gospel" by changing the categorisation of the music in question.

The change followed a Jerusalem Post report on Sunday which complained that Apple's music player did not have a genre for Jewish and Yiddish music.


Christians show support for Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

Nearly 800 Christians joined an Israel solidarity event opposite the houses of Parliament this week. People from across Britain turned out to the event, which was organised by Mordecai Voice.



Glenn Beck's Israel mission has backfired

By Nathan Jeffay, September 1, 2011

When the ultra-conservative American broadcaster Glenn Beck arrived in Israel last week, he hoped to convince Israelis to feel closer to Christian Zionists like him. But his plan may just have backfired.

He arrived with hundreds of American Christians in tow, who enthusiastically cheered him as he prayed, cried and spoke of his love for Israel and the folly of everyone to the left of him.


'Wrong to link up with Methodists'

By Marcus Dysch, August 4, 2011

An expert on Christian-Jewish relations believes British Jews should have cut off all contact with the Methodist Church following its adoption of an anti-Israel policy.

Malcolm Lowe, a Bible scholar who has lectured at the Hebrew University, criticised attempts by the Jewish community to repair relations following last year's Methodist conference.

At the June 2010 conference, delegates voted


Pilgrimages a 'Christian Disneyland'

By Marcus Dysch, July 28, 2011

The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned of the vulnerability of Christian communities in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Dr Rowan Williams said British Christians need to do more to support the continued sustainability of groups in the West Bank.


Iraqi paper claims Jews kidnap Christians to convert

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2011

An Iraqi newspaper is understood to have published an article alleging that "Jewish groups" are routinely kidnapping Christian citizens for forcible conversion to Judaism.