Time to talk candidly about our real values

By John Ware, January 22, 2015

The letter to 1,100 Muslim leaders from Eric Pickles was just the kind of warm embrace one might expect from the Secretary of State charged with promoting community cohesion:

"Assalamu Alaikum" his letter began, the "great faith" of Islam had been "hijacked" by terrorists who were "an affront to Islam".


Somehow, we are all tainted by the atrocity

By Steven Berkoff, January 22, 2015

One of my joys of working in Paris was visiting the legendary Jewish Goldenberg deli in the Rue De Rosiers. The thing about Jewish delis is that, no matter where you are in the world, they make you feel not only that you are at home but also that you belong to a unique brotherhood of mankind.

The restaurant was warm-hearted, charming, even healing.


UK security boost goes unnoticed

By Rosa Doherty, January 22, 2015

Increased security measures around Jewish organisations in the wake of the Paris attacks have gone largely unnoticed, according to a poll conducted for the JC.

Despite unprecedented co-operation between the police and Jewish security groups, 58 per cent of British Jews said they had not noticed an increased police presence in their area.


Multiple casualties after Tel Aviv stabbing spree

January 22, 2015

After a lull of a few weeks, terror attacks resumed in Israel on Wednesday morning when a Palestinian from the West Bank town of Tulkarm boarded a bus in central Tel Aviv and began stabbing the driver and passengers. Eleven commuters and the driver were wounded, four of them in a severe condition.


After Paris: normality and fear

January 21, 2015

For those who doubt the existence of antisemitism in Britain, the hate-crime figures from the Metropolitan Police this week should be a bracing corrective. The number of such crimes against Jews more than doubled last year. There were 299 in London between April and the end of December — a 128 per cent increase on the same period in 2013.


Four in critical condition after terrorist attack on Tel Aviv bus

By Charlotte Oliver, January 21, 2015

A Palestinian man stabbed 13 people on a bus in Tel Aviv early on Wednesday morning, Israeli police have confirmed.

At least four people were seriously hurt, and the rest wounded, when the knife-wielding man boarded the number 40 bus on Menachem Begin road in central Tel Aviv and attacked the driver and passengers.


JCoSS headteacher seeks to reassure parents over school security

By Rosa Doherty, January 20, 2015

The headteacher of the Jewish Community Secondary School, JCoSS, has moved to reassure parents over security measures taken in the wake of the Paris attacks.

In a letter, Patrick Moriarty, wrote: “Such events have naturally raised anxiety levels about security in this country, and I seek to reassure you that we have kept these issues under regular review.


Theresa May and Eric Pickles: We stand together with UK Jews against extremism

By Josh Jackman, January 18, 2015

Theresa May and Eric Pickles have said they stand together with the Jewish community against extremism, while hailing the impact of Jews on Britain.


Police have “heightened concern” about terrorist threat to UK Jews

By Josh Jackman, January 16, 2015

Police have said they have "heightened concern" about a possible terrorist attack on Jews in the UK.

However, the force emphasised that it has seen nothing to suggest such an attack is imminent.


Jewish schools close in Belgium and Holland after terror threat

By Josh Jackman, January 16, 2015

Jewish schools in Belgium and the Netherlands will remain closed on Friday due to fears they could be targeted by Islamist terrorists.

Schools in Antwerp and Brussels cancelled lessons for the day, while the only Orthodox institution in Amsterdam, the Jewish Children Community Cheder, also closed its doors as a precaution.