Explicit antisemitism remains rare in media and political discourse, says CST report

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2015

The use of Nazism to attack Jews and Zionists in Britain is on the rise, according to a leading antisemitism watchdog.

A report published by the Community Security Trust, which monitors antisemitism in Britain, revealed an unprecedented level of Jew-hatred.

The growth of social media was having a clear impact on the spread of antisemitic discourse, threats and themes than ever before.


Board meets Sky News to discuss concerns over Israel reporting

By Josh Jackman, November 17, 2015

The Board of Deputies has met Sky News executives to discuss the broadcaster’s coverage of the recent upsurge of violence in Israel.


Being a Jew in the jungle? I loved it (and lost weight)

By Sandy Rashty, October 29, 2015

A London-born woman is set to appear on an Israeli reality television series that airs this weekend.

Lisa Shurkin, 36, who made aliyah in 2005, will be seen taking part in the Israeli version of Survivor, which is based on the American game show.


Furious response to 'divisive' Israel boycott initiative

By Rosa Doherty, October 27, 2015

A full page advert in today’s Guardian calling for an academic boycott of Israel has drawn a furious response from Jewish organisations and diplomats.

The advert was backed by by 343 university teachers and lecturers, from 72 institutions including Oxford University and Cambridge University.


Troll fined for Lord Sugar Twitter abuse

By Sandy Rashty, August 3, 2015

A teenager who trolled Lord Sugar has been ordered to pay £100 in compensation for sending the British Jewish billionaire antisemitic tweets.

The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared in court after he called Lord Sugar an: “old Jewish” followed by a swear word.


Leading journalist John Ware wins Wizo media award

By Sandy Rashty, July 7, 2015

BBC journalist John Ware has claimed that there is a “deficit” in the corporation’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The award-winning investigative journalist, who worked on the BBC public affairs programme Panorama from 1986 to 2012, was speaking at the Wizo Commitment Awards event on Monday night.


Nepal trekker repaying debt to guide

By Sandy Rashty, May 18, 2015

When the first earthquake shook Nepal, Jonty Hikmet was on a trek in the Himalayan Tsum Valley."It was really scary," recalled the 25-year-old former JFS pupil, who had been travelling around the region, delivering key supplies and giving massages in local villages.


Honey sweetens Women's Week pot

May 18, 2015

The face of this year's Wizo UK Jewish Women's Week collection campaign is Yossi, who struggled at school because of severe learning difficulties, but was given the opportunity through Wizo to train as a chef in Israel. He now manages a trendy Jerusalem restaurant.


Israeli coalition collapse averted

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 14, 2015

Seven weeks since the elections, on Wednesday afternoon, the Knesset removed the final obstacle to Benjamin Netanyahu's fourth government when it narrowly passed an amendment that allowed him to appoint more than 18 ministers to his new cabinet.


Why I had to expose the 'secret' of Hitler

By Emma Craigie, May 8, 2015

When the Russian tanks entered the centre of Berlin on April 29 1945, a 26-year-old Jewish woman was travelling in a jeep ahead of the troops. Elena Rzhevskaya was a military interpreter for Russia's 3rd Shock Army. She worked for SMERSH, the Soviet counter-intelligence agency, whose name is an acronym of the Russian for "death to spies".