Outrage as SOAS invites Hizbollah-linked speaker

By Marcus Dysch, February 19, 2009

Jewish groups have attacked plans to bring a Hizbollah-linked journalist to Britain for a conference on Islam.

Ibrahim Mousawi is expected to speak at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) next month, after a similar appearance in November.

He edits Lebanese newspaper Al Intiqad and previously worked for the Shi’ite TV station, Al Manar.

The Board of Deputies and the CST said that his presence would cause great concern to the Jewish community.


Top Muslim adviser in hate email 'stitch-up'

By Leon Symons, February 19, 2009

A senior government adviser on Muslim communities was the victim of a stitch-up, it was claimed this week.

Maqsood Ahmed, who is an adviser on extremism, works at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

According to a story in the Guardian at the weekend, he sent an email to several people saying that a number of Muslim websites critical of Islam were created by Jews with the aim of subverting the religion. Mr Ahmed was criticised by both Muslim and Jewish groups.


Yemeni Jews: relocation offer

By Anshel Pfeffer, December 30, 2008

The Jewish community in Rayda have refused an offer by the Yemeni President to relocate to the capital, Sana’a. Three weeks ago, a Jewish teacher was killed there by a former air force officer demanding his conversion to Islam.

About 270 Jews live in the Rayda area and they have been living in fear since the murder of Moshe Yaish Nahari by former pilot Abdul Aziz Yahya Hamoud Al-Abdi, who has already confessed to the murder. In his defence he said that he had given Nahari a choice between converting to Islam, fleeing the country or death.


Hostility on the rise in Yemen after murder

December 18, 2008

Islamist extremists in Yemen are continuing to intimidate a small Jewish community following the murder of a Jewish teacher, according to a local rabbi. Moshe Yaish Nahari, who taught at the yeshivah in the village of Raydah, was shot dead last Thursday by a suspected extremist.
Rabbi Yahia Yaish bin Yahia told reporters: “Raydah is no longer like the old days. Raydah today is full of monsters.”

Although a man has been arrested on suspicion of the murder, Rabbi bin Yahia said that the authorities had long ignored complaints from the community about rising hostility.


Ramadan fast ends in shul

By Charlotte Fisher, September 19, 2008

Muslims were invited to the New London Synagogue in St John's Wood on Tuesday for an Iftar meal to break the daily fast during Ramadan.

Alif-Aleph, promoting interfaith dialogue, has organised an annual Iftar event since 2003, celebrating similarities in the religions, traditions and food of Jews and Muslims.

"It's a great opportunity to meet and talk to Muslims," said New London member Vera Morris as guests tucked into a buffet of salmon bagels, cakes and dates.


Positive dialogue as mosque group joins youth camp

August 15, 2008

In a first for Liberal Judaism's Kadimah summer camp, participants were joined by a group of boys from Luton Central Mosque for a day of learning and games.

The Jews and Muslims played football and board games and enjoyed lunch in a tent on the lawns of the camp at Cottesmore School, near Crawley, West Sussex. They then spent more than an hour in a large informal discussion, asking one another questions about the differences - and similarities - between Judaism and Islam.


Sufi Muslim urges ban on Hizb ut-Tahrir

By Dana Gloger, August 15, 2008

An expert on violent extremism has urged the government to ban Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Haras Rafiq, co-founder and executive director of the Sufi Muslim Council, said the radical group was increasingly targeting younger people and was becoming stronger.

"When Tony Blair was Prime Minister, he said he was going to proscribe them, so they undertook a huge campaign to repackage themselves. But it was all spin," claimed Mr Rafiq.


Bloggers refuse to apologise over ‘evil Jew’ libel threat

By Simon Rocker, July 18, 2008

A popular political website is refusing to back down in the face of a threat of libel action from an Islamist activist who denies having referred to an “evil Jew”.

Harry’s Place, the left-of-centre blog, has engaged top lawyers Mishcon de Reya to defend it against a claim from Mohammed Sawalha, the president of the British Muslim Initiative.


The Arab envoy... who’s Jewish

By Candice Krieger, June 6, 2008

A woman believed to be the Arab world’s first Jewish ambassador, Houda Nonoo, was named this week as Bahrain’s ambassador to Washington. And according to her former headmaster, the British-educated envoy was the perfect student.

Houda Nonoo, educated in Britain

Ms Nonoo, 43, came to london aged 13 to better her education. she boarded at Carmel College, oxfordshire, together with her younger brother, Abraham.


Cambodia's kosher mosque

By Simon Round, June 6, 2008

A prominent American-Jewish family has been helping out poor villagers in a remote Cambodian village... by building them a mosque.

The Lightman family from Massachusetts have been working with the village, Tramoung Chum, since 2003. It started when academic Alan Lightman, his wife Jean Greenblatt Lightman and their Daughter Elyse funded a four-room concrete school.