We think BBC news is biased against Israel — but watch it anyway

By Simon Rocker, April 18, 2013

Almost four out of every five Jews in the UK believe the BBC is biased against Israel in its news coverage, according to a report out this week.


Press watchdog still considering Scarfe cartoon

By Jennifer Lipman, April 16, 2013

The Press Complaints Commission is still considering what, if any, action it will take over Gerald Scarfe's cartoon about Israel, nearly three months after it appeared in the Sunday Times.

The watchdog has resolved three complaints about the publication of a drawing depicting the Israeli Prime Minister wielding a bloodied knife over a wall dripping with blood on Holocaust Memorial Day.


Strictly Kosher nominated for broadcasting award

By Jennifer Lipman, April 16, 2013

A reality series that shed light on the lives of religious and secular Jews in Manchester has been nominated for a religious broadcasting award.

Strictly Kosher, which was broadcast on ITV last summer to mixed reviews, is in the running for a Sandford St Martin Trust TV award.


Former Times editor takes the role of BBC news director

By Zoe Winograd, April 16, 2013

James Harding, former editor of the Times, has been confirmed as the new director of news and current affairs at BBC.

Mr Harding, who has previously expressed his views on the pressures of being a Jewish editor, is due to commence his new role in August.


Poland and Germany row over Shoah guilt

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2013

A German television series and a Polish magazine have sparked a diplomatic row between the two countries amid arguments over antisemitism and war guilt.

Polish news weekly Uwazam Rze caused outrage after it depicted German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a concentration camp prisoner in a front page image.


Gilad deserves better than this

By Chas Newkey-Burden, April 5, 2013

When details of Gilad Shalit's conversations with military investigators were published last week, a vocal minority criticised him. One Israeli commentator even called for Gilad to stand trial for "negligence". I was disappointed but not surprised by these responses. During the years I spent campaigning for Gilad's freedom, I encountered relentless negativity from some friends of Israel.


Breakfast with the big beasts: Odelia Karmon's life in the political jungle

By Jenni Frazer and Anshel Pfeffer, April 5, 2013

For the past seven years she has been known as “O from the Transport Ministry,” though her true identity was an open secret in the Israeli media and political establishment.


Letter to France's Chief Rabbi targets journalists

By Ian Sparks, April 4, 2013

France’s chief Rabbi has been sent a threatening letter warning of “brutal action” if he does not halt the activities of Jewish journalists who are trying to “curb the liberty of the French”.


Mira Bar-Hillel: 'agents of Israel' attacked me for criticisms of the government

By Marcus Dysch, March 28, 2013

A leading property journalist has defended remarks made during a Twitter row in which she admitted being prejudiced towards Jews.

Mira Bar-Hillel, the property and planning correspondent at London’s Evening Standard newspaper, said she believed attacks on her were being co-ordinated by “agents of Israel” and the Jewish community in response to her criticisms of the Israeli government.


The Independent newspaper pays for ‘Nazi’ libel

March 28, 2013

The Independent newspaper has had to pay substantial libel damages after mistakenly suggesting that a respected actor was in fact a Nazi war criminal.

In 2010, Ljubomir Jurkovic’s picture appeared in a front page lead story about the death of one of the most wanted surviving wartime Nazis.