Israelis to benefit from faster entry into UK

By Lianne Kolirin, November 21, 2016

Israeli business travellers and frequent visitors to the UK will now be eligible for faster entry at border controls, under new Home Office guidelines.

With effect from today, travellers who often visit Britain can apply for membership of the Regular Traveller Service, which will enable them to arrive here and pass quickly through the UK and EU entry lanes without a landing card.


British child of German-Jewish refugees wins Nobel Prize for physics

By Daniel Sugarman, October 5, 2016

A Jewish scientist is one of the three British academics to win the 2016 Nobel Prize for Physics.

Michael Kosterlitz, along with David Thouless and Duncan Haldane, was honoured by the Nobel committee for work done in the 1970s and 1980s on topological phase transitions.


Theresa May to remove cap on faith-school admissions

By JC Reporter, September 9, 2016

The government is set to remove the 50 per cent cap on faith-based admissions to free schools.

Prime Minister Theresa May announced the move this morning as part of a wide-ranging package of school reform, including an end to the ban on grammar schools in England.

Current rules allow new faith schools to select only half their intake by religion.


Tributes paid to trainer Nicki Waterman following her death at 52

By Daniel Sugarman, August 18, 2016

Tributes have been paid to Nicki Waterman, fitness trainer to the stars, following her death from a rare form of cancer.

Mrs Waterman, a member of Belsize Square Synagogue, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour last year.

She was originally told that she would only live until February, but a revolutionary private treatment helped to temporarily fight off the tumour.


92 per cent of Jewish Labour Movement back Owen Smith for party leadership

By Daniel Sugarman, August 15, 2016

The Jewish Labour Movement has nominated Owen Smith for the Labour leadership by a landslide.

Some 92 per cent of the members voted for the Welsh MP who is challenging Jeremy Corbyn.

The organisation balloted its members last week, with just under 59 per cent of eligible members taking part.


Leading UK kosher store issues warning after Israeli salmonella fear

By Daniel Sugarman, August 12, 2016

One of London’s biggest kosher supermarkets has announced that customers should return certain hummus and tehina products to the store, amid concerns that they may contain salmonella.

Kosher Kingdom in Golders Green, north-west London, emailed customers on Thursday night, warning them that there was “a very slight chance of salmonella” in Shamir Salads products which contain tehina.


Luciana Berger unsuccessful in bid to be Labour's Liverpool mayor candidate

By Daniel Sugarman, August 10, 2016

Luciana Berger, the Jewish MP for Liverpool Wavertree, has failed in her attempt to be selected as Labour’s candidate for the upcoming mayoral contest in Liverpool.

Ms Berger came third out of the three candidates, winning 24.7 per cent of the vote.


Internet troll on trial for Luciana Berger death threats

By Daniel Sugarman, July 27, 2016

A man admitted sending antisemitic messages and death threats to Luciana Berger in court today.

John Nimmo, 28, of South Shields, pleaded guilty to sending two e-mails to the Jewish MP for Liverpool Wavertree.

The first, which was sent earlier this month, read: “Revenge for Joshua Bonehill-Paine will be sweet. Watch your back Jewish scum. Your friends, The Nazis.”


UN selects anti-Israel Canadian law professor to report on Palestinian territories

By Josh Jackman, March 23, 2016

Michael Lynk - who has compared Israeli settlements to “the transfer by the Nazis of German-speaking peoples into newly conquered lands during the Second World War” - will be appointed the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian territories, the JC can reveal.

The Canadian, who teaches law at Western University in Ontario, has also said he hopes to “isolate Israel”.


Acting for the good

March 17, 2016

Yavneh College deserves the highest praise for acting on the school places shortage while others simply talk. It is all very well holding seminars and meetings to discuss the problem and work out what might happen in two or three years time, but in the here and now someone needed to act.