UK news

FA insists Anelka must serve quenelle ban if he signs for Indian club

By Daniel Easterman, September 16, 2014

The Football Association will demand that Nicolas Anelka serves out his five-match ban for making the quenelle gesture before he can start playing for his new team, Mumbai City in India.

Anelka made the gesture, a Nazi-style salute, during a Premier League match in December 2013. He claimed at the time that it was a tribute to his friend, the antisemitic French comedian Dieudonne M'bala.


Alex Salmond denies he compared Israel with Islamic State

By Daniel Easterman, September 16, 2014

Alex Salmond has rejected suggestions that he made a comparison between the Islamic State terrorist group and Israel’s policies during the Gaza conflict.


Ofsted swoops on more Jewish schools

By Simon Rocker, September 16, 2014

Following last week’s shock inspection report, downgrading JFS from an outstanding school to one requiring improvement, two more state-aided Jewish schools have been the subject of unannounced visits from Ofsted.

Inspectors swooped today on Beis Yaakov, a strictly Orthodox girls high school in Salford.


Ofsted concern over behaviour at JFS

By Charlotte Oliver, September 16, 2014

School inspectors have voiced serious concerns about behaviour and safety at JFS, Britain’s largest Jewish school.

JFs was downgraded from “outstanding” to a “school that requires improvement” following an unannounced Ofsted inspection.


Student leader attacks NUS for failing to respect Jews

By Sandy Rashty, September 16, 2014

The National Union of Students (NUS) has been condemned by a communal leader for its “failure to afford Jewish students the respect any other minority would receive”.


New pro-Israel group aims to support grassroots activists

By Rosa Doherty, September 16, 2014

An umbrella organisation has been formed to support the grassroots Jewish groups set up in the wake of the Gaza conflict.

Nili14 will provide a “leadership and resource centre of excellence” for all the groups in the UK and Ireland.


FW de Klerk warns Israel must find peace to avoid apartheid risk

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2014

Israel and the Palestinians should use the example of South Africa’s reconciliation to achieve a lasting peace, according to FW de Klerk.

The former South African president said that he did not believe Israel was an apartheid state, but warned that it ran the risk of becoming one if it squandered the opportunity to reach a peace deal as soon as possible.


Proud Zionist Simon Schama defends Israel’s action in Gaza

By Daniel Easterman, September 16, 2014

Historian Simon Schama has launched a stirring defence of Israel’s military operation in Gaza, strongly rejecting allegations that its forces were guilty of war crimes.

Speaking as guest of honour at the UJIA annual dinner, Mr Schama said: “We are not the killers of children. We grieve when the blood of innocent children is spilt because rockets are stored underneath or outside schools.


Security guard bars Jewish schoolboys from entering sports shop

By Sandy Rashty, September 15, 2014

Leading retailer Sports Direct has apologised to customers after a security guard allegedly barred “Jews” from entering its store.

The security guard was removed from the store after he told Jewish students - Nathan Rosen and Daniel Levitan - they could not enter the branch in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, on Friday afternoon.


Statue of Amy Winehouse unveiled in London

By Rosa Doherty, September 15, 2014

A statue in memory of Amy Winehouse has been unveiled in London.

The bronze sculpture showcases the star’s signature beehive hairstyle, star of David necklace and a red rose in her hair.

The memorial was placed in the Stables Market in Camden to commemorate the Back to Black singer, who died three years ago of alcohol poisoning aged 27.