UK government

Minister: Israel has lost support in UK

By Marcus Dysch, July 4, 2013

Israel has lost support from politicians and the British public because of its occupation of the Palestinian territories, according to Middle East Minister Alistair Burt.

He said Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians meant it had given up the “moral high ground” it had held when neighbouring states threatened to destroy the country.


Ukip leader Nigel Farage set for Jewish Chronicle debate

June 27, 2013

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage is to take part in a discussion event hosted by the JC.

The MEP will be interviewed by the newspaper’s editor, Stephen Pollard, followed by an open question and answer session.

The event will be held at a venue in north west London on Wednesday July 10.

Places in the audience can be reserved by emailing


Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks Tribute Evening

By Zoe Winograd, June 25, 2013

Prime Ministers and Archbishops pay tribute to the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks at a special tribute evening.


UK minister condemns 'abhorrent' attacks on Arab property

By Josh Jackman, June 21, 2013

Middle East Minister Alistair Burt has criticised the so-called "price tag" attacks committed in the Arab-Israeli town of Abu Ghosh this week, calling them “an abhorrent phenomenon”.

The attacks, which were reportedly carried out by right-wing Israeli settlers, included graffiti reading “Arabs out” and “racism or assimilation”, sprayed on walls and the slashing of car tires.


Charedi fear over Gove education reforms

By Simon Rocker, June 14, 2013

Education Secretary Michael Gove’s wish to put a greater focus on evolution in the GCSE science curriculum could pose problems for strictly Orthodox schools, a Jewish education consultant warned this week.

The minister announced the move on Tuesday as part of his reforms to raise the standard of school exams.


Board adviser's view on same-sex marriage 'does not reflect offical policy'

By Simon Rocker, June 3, 2013

The Board of Deputies has made it clear that a letter co-signed by its interfaith adviser Rabbi Natan Levy, which calls on the government to halt legislation to allow same-sex marriage, does not reflect its policy.


UK government proposes no changes to rules on shechitah

By Simon Rocker, May 31, 2013

The government is proposing no major changes to rules governing shechitah and religious slaughter after a public consultation.

Animal rights groups renewed calls for prohibiting the slaughter of animals without stunning before any cut.


Foreign Office fears for Palestine prompted by intercepted Ben-Gurion papers

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2013

Foreign Office hopes that a resolution to the situation in Palestine could be delayed until after the war were shattered in 1941 after they intercepted the private papers of David Ben-Gurion detailing Zionist objectives and his discussions with Anglo-Jewish leaders.


Britain asks EU to ban Hizbollah

By Marcus Dysch, May 21, 2013

Britain has formally asked the European Union to outlaw Hizbollah as a terrorist organisation.

The move increases the likelihood of the EU taking action against the Iranian-backed group and follows months of pressure from Anglo-Jewish groups.


Join us, and help defy the ‘lunatics’ within our ranks, say Ukip activists

By Marcus Dysch, May 3, 2013

More Jews should join Ukip to help the party combat far-right extremism and bolster support for Israel, activists have claimed.

Revelations about extreme comments made by Ukip candidates ahead of today’s local elections should not discourage members of the Jewish community from supporting the party they said.