UK news

UK police increase patrols after Paris supermarket attack

By Sandy Rashty, January 9, 2015

Communal organisations are monitoring the security situation in the UK, after a gunman took five people hostage in Paris today.

The Community Security Trust is liaising with UK police, government and the SPCJ, the French-Jewish security watchdog.


Board praised over MCB statement

By Simon Rocker, January 9, 2015

The Church of England's outgoing interfaith adviser has praised the Board of Deputies for its controversial statement with the Muslim Council of Britain during last year's Gaza conflict.


Link between circumcision and autism risk rejected

By Naomi Firsht, January 9, 2015

Jewish campaigners have rejected claims that circumcision may be linked to an increased risk in developing autism.

A study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine showed circumcision on boys under the age of five could double the risk of them developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and for boys circumcised under the age of 10 the risk was raised by 46 per cent.


Whelan will not appeal FA ban

By Josh Jackman, January 8, 2015

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan will not appeal the Football Association’s decision to give him a six-week ban and £50,000 fine for breaking racism rules.

Mr Whelan’s suspension will come into effect on Thursday evening, meaning that the chairman will be barred from “football and football activities” until February 19.


Amy Winehouse added to Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

By Anna Behrmann, January 8, 2015

Amy Winehouse has been recognised with an entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

The multi-award-winning singer, who died on July 23 2011, has had her biography added to the online national record. The catalogue lists details of the lives of deceased men and women who have shaped British culture and history worldwide.


Oldham Ched Evans deal is off

By Josh Jackman, January 8, 2015

Oldham Athletic’s proposed deal with convicted rapist Ched Evans has fallen through.

The club has bowed to pressure from sponsors and decided against signing Evans, who was released from Wymott Prison in Lancashire on October 17 after serving half of his five-year sentence.


Labour 'will support faith schools ethos'

By Marcus Dysch, January 8, 2015

Labour's Shadow Education Secretary has reaffirmed his party's support for faith schools and called on the Jewish community to lead the way in encouraging cross-cultural dialogue.

In a wide-ranging speech at JFS in London on Tuesday evening, Tristram Hunt also spoke passionately of his support for Israel.

Referring to the Trojan Horse inquiry into allegations of Islamic extremism in Muslim s


Whelan can thank Alderman

By Josh Jackman, January 8, 2015

A column in the JC was a key factor in the Football Association's decision to clear Dave Whelan of being a racist.

The FA found that remarks made by the owner of Wigan Athletic breached its racism rules, banning him from football-related activities for six weeks and fining him £50,000.


Charity workers honoured

January 8, 2015

The vice-president of ORT UK, Henry Davis was made an MBE for charitable and voluntary services in London, in the Honours list.

He said: "Of course, it comes as a surprise. But, frankly, I've been involved in charity committees since I was a teenager. I was brought up like that.


Lord Young praises role of immigrants

By Sandy Rashty, January 8, 2015

Lord Young has praised the contribution that immigrants make to British society.

The former Conservative cabinet minister, who is a small-business and enterprise adviser to David Cameron, was made a companion of honour in the Queen's New Year's Honours for his public service.

He is thought to be only the second Jew to receive the award, after former Tory leader Michael Howard.