UK government

Politicians' half-term getaway

By Sandy Rashty, February 18, 2016

Israel received an influx of British politicians this week in a series of cross-party delegations.

With Parliament in recess, the inaugural Britain-Israel Peers Group travelled to Israel and the Palestinian territories with 11 members of the House of Lords.

For many of the Peers it was their first ever trip to the country.


Britain and Israel will work together to combat cyber security attacks

By Sandy Rashty, February 16, 2016

Cabinet Office Minister Matt Hancock has announced that the UK and Israel will work together to tackle cyber security attacks on their national institutions.

During a visit to Israel today, Mr Hancock, who was joined by British business executives on the delegation, said: "I welcome this opportunity to forge even closer links in the field of cyber security with our Israeli partners.”


More teachers and more training needed for Holocaust education, say MPs

By Charlotte Oliver, January 23, 2016

More teachers need to be trained to teach the Holocaust, according to a report published today by the Education Select Committee.

It said that more attention should be paid to spreading Holocaust education to include other subjects in schools besides history, such as English, drama and PSHE.


Family’s anger at coroner over burial delay

By Josh Jackman, December 29, 2015

A coroner's office has been criticised over the delay in releasing the body of a Jewish woman for burial.

Holocaust survivor Ester Kestenbaum, 91, died on Sunday at a care home in Stamford Hill. Her family requested that she be buried the following day.


Board meets Justice Minister over review of coroner services

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2015

A delegation from the Board of Deputies has met Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage to discuss coroner services.

The meeting was part of an eight-week review into how the system has fared since a chief coroner was appointed in 2013, including whether services now better meet faith requirements.


Majority of Britons see Israel as key Middle East ally

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2015

Israel is seen as Britain’s leading Middle East ally by more than half of the British public, a poll has found.

Fifty-two per cent of Britons saw Israel as a key friend in the region, but only 19 per cent of the public feel “warm” towards Israel. Twenty per cent have positive feelings about Palestinians.


Protests? What protests?

October 14, 2015

Our Prime Minister has shown himself to be a true and trusted friend of Israel. So it is all the more bizarre that the Middle East Minister, Tobias Ellwood, should have made such a crass and stupid statement about the violence in Israel, attacking “the use of force by Israeli security personnel in response to protests and security incidents”


Government accepts former Jewish Care trustee's report on charities

By Josh Jackman, October 4, 2015

The government has accepted in full a former Jewish Care trustee’s report which will bring in a new watchdog to stop charities taking advantage of vulnerable donors.

Baron Howard Leigh, the president of Westminster Synagogue and former Conservative Party treasurer who was made a Lord in 2013, co-authored the report in September, entitled ‘Regulating Fundraising For The Future’.


MPs reject assisted dying bill

By Josh Jackman, September 11, 2015

MPs have voted against the Assisted Dying Bill going to a third reading in Parliament.

The proposed legislation fell at the second hurdle, heavily defeated by 330 votes to 118.

Ahead of the debate, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis took to social media to attack the bill.

In a message posted on Facebook, Rabbi Mirvis stressed that the bill was misguided and dangerous.


All Britain must join fight against antisemitism, urges Sajid Javid

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2015

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has called on the whole nation to fight extremism and antisemitism.

Speaking at the Holocaust Educational Trust’s annual dinner, Mr Javid said he was repeatedly told about the concern being caused by rising Jew-hatred.