Britain denies Hamas claims about ‘secret talks’

By Bernard Josephs, July 19, 2013

Claims from Gaza that EU governments, including Britain, are keen to build backchannel ties with Hamas have been strongly denied in London and treated with scepticism in Israel.


Abu Qatada faces trial over plot to kill Israeli tourists

By Josh Jackman, July 8, 2013

Abu Qatada has asked to be released on bail ahead of his trial for conspiring to carry out terrorist attacks against Israeli tourists visiting Jordan.

The radical cleric, who was deported from London to Amman yesterday, is charged with planning assaults on Westerners, including Israelis and Americans, in 1999 and 2000.


CST chief executive Richard Benson steps down

By Marcus Dysch, July 4, 2013

Community Security Trust chief executive Richard Benson has announced that he is to leave the charity after 12 years at the helm.

Under his leadership, CST, which provides security at Jewish events and communal buildings, and monitors antisemitic activity, has received praise and recognition for its work both in Britain and abroad.


Hizbollah cash case to be heard in High Court

By Simon Rocker, June 28, 2013

The High Court is set to hear a dispute next year over a company partly controlled by a Saudi prince, which is alleged to have laundered money for Hizbollah.

Mr Justice Vos has cleared the way for the case to go ahead after a challenge as to whether the court had jurisdiction to hear it.


Jewish man shot dead at Western Wall

By Zoe Winograd, June 21, 2013

A Jewish man has been killed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Doron Ben Shlush, 46, was shot several times by a security guard on Friday morning.

The security guard, 25, told police that the victim yelled " Allah Akbar " , meaning " God is greater " in Arabic, and reached for his pocket. These movements led the guard to believe the man was about to commit a terrorist attack.


No arrests at Closer to Israel as volunteers help keep the peace

By Marcus Dysch, June 6, 2013

It took weeks of planning and required hundreds of volunteers, but the huge operation mounted by the Community Security Trust ensured Closer to Israel passed off safely.

According to CST, more than 250 of its members were brought in from across the country to police Sunday’s event.


Yeshivah students thrown off plane before take-off

By Elliot Miller, June 4, 2013

One hundred yeshivah students and their eight adult chaperones were thrown off an Atlanta-bound plane, just after boarding in New York. The students were from an Orthodox yeshivah in Brooklyn.

CNN reported that airline, Southwest, had accused the group of using their mobile telephones and refusing to remain in their seats just before take-off, which went against regulations.


Media’s trail of blood along the rotten path to stardom

By James Inverne, May 31, 2013

The actor had the spotlight. This was the moment, the moment he'd been rehearsing under his breath and in front of the mirror and at every chance he got. And he didn't want to screw it up. He faced his audience, and he began his oration.


UK 7/7 response dire, says Israeli terror medic

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 30, 2013

The head of Israel’s largest medical terror response centre has said the way British emergency services dealt with the 7/7 bombings in London was inexcusably inadequate.

Tel Aviv Medical Centre’s Professor Pinchas Halpern was at the World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine in Manchester this week, at which 550 major incident planners gathered from dozens of countries.


Leaders want ‘concrete’ plan to fight terror after Woolwich

By Marcus Dysch, May 30, 2013

Communal leaders were tight-lipped this week over possible new legislation aimed at tackling extremism and hate speakers in the wake of the killing of a British soldier in Woolwich.

Home Secretary Theresa May confirmed the government would review its counter-terror strategy and is expected to consider a range of new measures to combat radicalisation of Muslims.