UK news

Cost-saving scheme launched for schools

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2016

A new scheme is under way to help Jewish schools cut their running costs and save more of their money for teaching.

The Jewish Schools Network believes that it will be more cost-effective for schools to buy utilities and services collectively rather than alone.

Brian Jones, who joined the Michael Sobell Sinai Primary School in London as finance director in September, has been seconded one d


Confusion as Labour unveils its report on antisemitism in the party

By Marcus Dysch and Rosa Doherty, June 30, 2016

Confusion reigned at the Labour Party's unveiling of its antisemitism report after it appeared that leader Jeremy Corbyn compared the actions of the Israeli government to those of Daesh terrorists.


Man arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred after antisemitic social media posts

By Rosa Doherty, June 29, 2016

A 41 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred following a social media posts of an extreme right wing and antisemitic nature.

The man was arrested in London this morning, as part of a pre-planned operation in north London by officers from the Crime Disruption Unit within the Met's Counter Terrorism Command.


Lecturer verbally abused for carrying bag with Yiddish written on it

By Rosa Doherty, June 29, 2016

A senior lecturer at the University of Brighton was subject to antisemitic abuse after carrying a book bag with the word ‘schlep’ on it.

Sociology lecturer, Natalie Pitimson was told to “f*** off back to Israel with the other Yids” on Tuesday on board a packed commuter train travelling through central London at rush-hour.


Matthew Offord opposes London demonstration ‘intended to incite hatred against the Jewish people’

By Josh Jackman, June 29, 2016

An MP and a prominent pro-Israel campaigner will speak at a counter-protest to oppose a demonstration “intended to incite hatred against the Jewish people” on Sunday.


The hopefuls who could fight to be next Prime Minister

By Marcus Dysch, June 29, 2016

Theresa May
Home Secretary, MP

As the longest-serving Home Secretary for more than a century, Mrs May is perhaps better placed than any other politician to understand British Jews’ concerns on extremism and rising antisemitism.


Ben Lewis handed a two-year suspended sentence in LL Camps case

By JC Reporter, June 28, 2016

Naked images of three and four-year-old girls were discovered on the iPhone of the co-owner of a children's summer camp.

When Ben Lewis, 26, was investigated by the police a pair of child's knickers were found next to one of his laptops.

He had also videoed and photographed up the skirt of a nine-year-old girl he was supposed to be tutoring for her Maths SATS, St Albans crown court heard.


Ken Livingstone accuses MPs probing antisemitism of being obsessed with Hitler

By Sandy Rashty, June 28, 2016

Ken Livingstone has submitted a written statement to the Home Affairs committee’s inquiry into antisemitism.

The submission, published today, comes after he gave evidence in person earlier this month and names “Hitler” 11 times.


High Court backs three local authorities over anti-Israel policies

By JC Reporter, June 28, 2016

Leicester, Swansea and Gwynedd Councils did not overstep the mark when they passed resolutions criticising the state of Israel, the High Court has ruled in a unique test case.

All three councils faced accusations that, by condemning Israel, they encouraged discrimination against and harassment of British Jews.


Man attacked mother’s gravestone with hammer after family dispute

By JC Reporter, June 27, 2016

A retired company director was caught trying to smash up his mother’s grave.

Larry Zalcman, 64, was discovered by an attendant in the Jewish section of a cemetery in Long Ditton, Surrey, attacking the headstone with a hammer, and managed to knock a piece off a corner of the stone.