UK news

Antisemitism prompts Scottish Jews to consider leaving the country

By Josh Jackman, May 23, 2015

Scottish Jews experienced almost as many antisemitic incidents in one month last year as in the whole of 2013, prompting some to consider leaving the country.

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) put the spike down to the conflict in Gaza last summer, reporting that it led to “unprecedented expressions of fear, anxiety, insecurity, and alienation.”


Shomrim called after attempted bank robbery

By Naomi Firsht, May 22, 2015

Jewish volunteer security service Shomrim were called to Lloyds bank in Golders Green on Thursday afternoon after an attempted robbery.

According to police a man walked into the Lloyds at around 3pm on Thursday, told staff he had a knife on him and demanded cash, before walking out empty-handed.


Jews have taken over Ukip, claims ex-candidate

By Rosa Doherty, May 22, 2015

A former Ukip candidate has said ‘Jewish interest groups’ have taken over the party.

Footage of Jack Sen, who was suspended by the party just before the election, shows him launching an antisemitic attack after he spoke to far-right group The London Forum.


Jeremiah Duggan did not commit suicide, coroner rules

By Matei Clej, May 22, 2015

Jewish student Jeremiah Duggan did not commit suicide, a coroner has ruled.

Andrew Walker "totally rejected" a ruling by a German court that Mr Duggan had killed himself by running out in front of traffic on a motorway in Wiesbaden, Germany in 2003.


The West is obsessed with the ‘primeval’ Israel-Palestinian conflict, says Jon Snow

By Naomi Firsht, May 21, 2015

Channel 4 journalist Jon Snow has said he is obsessed with the Israel-Palestine conflict because “I see people like me doing horrible things to other people”.

Speaking at a panel discussion following a performance of Palestinian play The Siege, Mr Snow, who chaired the debate, labelled the conflict a “primeval war”.


Boden rejects suggestion T-shirt design resembles fascist flag

By Rosa Doherty, May 21, 2015

Leading clothes retailer Boden has denied any association between the design of one of its T-shirts and the flag of the British Union of Fascists.

Customer Jill Terezanski, who is Jewish, complained to the company that a striped red and white boy’s T-shirt featuring a blue lightning bolt bore a resemblance to the logo of the far-right group founded by Oswald Mosley in 1932.


Campaign launched to tackle stigma of mental illness

By Josh Jackman, May 21, 2015

A campaign has been launched to tackle the stigma surrounding mental illness within the Jewish community.

Think Ahead will run for a year, using 30 striking images accompanied by text, which Jami hopes will get people talking.


Joy for kosher butcher as son donates organ

By Rosa Doherty, May 21, 2015

A kosher butcher searching for a kidney sounds as if it could be the start of a joke, but for Menachem Haziza it was anything but.

Sixty-two-year-old Mr Haziza, who is well known in the north-west London community as the owner of Menachem's Kosher Butcher and Deli, needed a new kidney after his diabetes suddenly worsened.


Sex abuser conviction is a 'game-changer' for victims

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 21, 2015

The conviction of paedophile Todros Grynhaus will encourage more victims to report abuse to police, according to a senior figure in the strictly Orthodox community.

Grynhaus is facing a “substantial” jail sentence after being found guilty of seven charges of sex abuse against two teenage girls this week.


Lord Young honoured

By JCReporter, May 21, 2015

Former Cabinet minister Lord Young has been made a Companion of Honour by the Queen for public service. The peer, who served under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s and as an adviser to David Cameron, received the award from Prince Charles at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.