Jewish Chronicle

Carl Marx: Nazi or just JC reporter?

By Bernard Josephs, August 26, 2010

There was nowhere quite like the Vox Cafe in Tangier. It resembled a scene from Casablanca.

At the bar, sweaty, white-suited intelligence officials from half a dozen nations drank - and as they did, they spilled both booze and secrets.

The Vox was just the right place to be. With Tangier held by Spain in 1940, and out of the war, it was where British, German and Italian spooks could rub shoulders in an attempt to winkle out each other's war plans.


A match made by the Jewish Chronicle

By Robyn Rosen, August 26, 2010

A London synagogue officer has found true love with an Italian nanny, thanks to the JC.

Michael Israel - senior warden at West London Synagogue and brand manager of Carmel and Palwin wine - met Clarissa De Santis at a Highgate newsagent in February. Miss De Santis, a 37-year-old from the small village of San Severino Marche, was there with her two young charges on an errand to top up a mobile phone for a friend.


Press win for the JC

June 10, 2010

For a second time the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) has ruled in favour of the Jewish Chronicle in relation to complaints made against the paper by Londoner Edward Saleh.

Mr Saleh complained about the JC's coverage of his refusal to give his wife, Miriam, a get, or religious divorce.

He complained to the PCC, which found against him.

He then complained again, this time about the JC's coverage of the PCC's ruling.

This week the PCC declared that there had been no breach of the Press Code by the Jewish Chronicle.


JC reporter picks up top journalism prize

By Simon Rocker, April 22, 2010

The JC's Middle East correspondent, Anshel Pfeffer, has been awarded the prestigious B'nai B'rith award for journalism.

Mr Pfeffer, 36, has worked for the paper for three years. He reported from Mumbai in the aftermath of the terror attacks and covered Operation Cast Lead, the Jerusalem riots and the Israeli elections.

He also covered the Israeli angle on universal jurisdiction in the UK after a warrant was issued in London for the arrest of Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni.


PCC backs Julie Burchill

February 18, 2010

The newspaper industry watchdog has rejected a complaint against the JC about a comment by columnist Julie Burchill.

Reader Jess Wood complained that the comment that Christians were persecuted "all across the Muslim world" was inaccurate and misleading.

But the Press Complaints Commission ruled that care had been taken to ensure such "robust opinions" had sufficient basis in fact.

The article ran on December 11, headed "My quest for the one true faith".


Man who refused wife a get loses action against JC

By Leon Symons, February 11, 2010

A man who complained about the JC’s coverage of his refusal to give his wife a get has lost his action against the paper.

Edward Saleh’s wife Miriam divorced him three years ago. But he left her an agunah — a chained woman — unless she agreed to submit to the jurisdiction of a Beth Din that would seek to re-open the issues settled in her civil action.

Ms Saleh refused and, even now, is still unable to remarry according to Jewish law.

This week the newspaper watchdog, the Press Complaints Commission, rejected Mr Saleh’s claim that the JC’s report was inaccurate.


Art critic Charles Spencer dies

By Dina Rickman, January 21, 2010

Charles Spencer, the longtime art critic for the JC, has died, aged 89.

Born in London’s East End to Russian and Polish parents, he specialised in Romanian art and edited the journal Art and Artists. Among his books was Memoirs of an Art Critic in Greece.

Mr Spencer also lectured on art at Spiro Ark, the organisation for Jewish cultural education. He spent the last years of his life at Nightingale House, the Jewish home in south London.

Harvey Kaye, Mr Spencer’s nephew, said: “He carried on lecturing and putting on art exhibitions until the end of his life.”


How we hacked the JC hacker

By Richard Burton and Jessica Elgot, January 21, 2010

Special branch are investigating an attempt by pro-Palestinian hackers to compromise the JC website.

Police were passed vital clues about the identity of the hacker after an investigation by the company’s IT experts revealed the source of the attack.

The site was suspended briefly on Sunday evening after the home page displayed a Palestinian flag and an antisemitic message in broken English and Turkish, which stated the hack to be the work of “Palestinian Mujaheeds”.


Police to probe JC website attack

By Jessica Elgot, January 18, 2010

Police are investigating attempts to compromise the JC website after an attack by a pro-Palestinian hacker.

The site was suspended on Sunday evening after a message was posted on the home page in support of "Palestinian Mujahaeeds".

The perpetrator was believed to have been operating from a computer in Turkey, a country which was involved in a diplomatic row with israel.

No damage was done to the company’s internet operation and the message was removed when the site was briefly suspended from public view.


Palestinian attack on JC website

By Richard Burton, managing editor, January 18, 2010

The JC’s website was the subject of an online attack yesterday. Hackers managed to place a message on the home page in support of "Palestinian Mujahaeeds".

The site was immediately suspended while technicians investigated if the site's security had been breached.

Fortunately, they quickly established that no serious breach had taken place and no damage was done. Early indications are that the perpetrator was operating from a computer in Turkey.