UK news

Corbyn 'demonised' by community, says activist

By Rosa Doherty, November 5, 2015

Jewish organisations are to blame for the community's fractured relationship with the left following Jeremy Corbyn's election as Labour leader, a prominent activist has claimed.

David Rosenberg, a writer and Jewish Socialists' Group member, said the Zionist Federation and Board of Deputies - and the JC - had "lurched further to the right" to attack Mr Corbyn and his supporters.


Comic career takes off for a boy called Zoom

By Naomi Firsht, November 5, 2015

Could JCoSS pupil Zoom Rockman be the coolest 15-year-old in the country?

Not only is he called Zoom, but he has drawn and published his own comic, The Zoom!, from the age of eight, and has had a regular strip in the Beano since he was 12, featuring his character Skanky Pigeon.

And now his work is being displayed at a solo exhibition in London's West End.


Stars ready for film festival opening

By Josh Jackman, November 5, 2015

The UK Jewish Film Festival will open on Saturday with a sold-out gala screening featuring Game of Thrones stars Harry Lloyd and Anton Lesser.

The two actors appear in Closer to the Moon - which also includes Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong - and will attend a question and answer session after the screening at the BFI on London's South Bank.


Dershowitz beats BDS at Oxford Union

November 5, 2015

The Oxford Union has backed prominent American lawyer Professor Alan Dershowitz in opposing the boycott of Israel.

The debate was entitled, "Is the BDS movement against Israel wrong?", and the case against BDS was backed by 137 votes to 101 at the prestigious debating society on Sunday.


Museum gets major investment as chairman eyes change of location

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2015

London's Jewish Museum has received a multimillion-pound injection from a Jewish donor.

Chairman Lord Young revealed that the museum, in Camden, north London, had received several million pounds from the unnamed benefactor.

It is hoped the money will be used to boost interest in the museum from young people, through using technology and interactive displays.


MPs acknowledge link between Israeli-Palestinian conflict and rising antisemitism in Britain

By Marcus Dysch, November 5, 2015

More than 30 MPs have signed a Parliamentary motion noting the links between rising antisemitism in Britain and violence between Israel and the Palestinians.

It acknowledged that the single biggest contributing factor to the growth of Jew hatred in 2014 had been the Gaza conflict.

Philippa Whitford, Scottish National Party MP for Central Ayrshire, tabled the Early Day Motion on Wednesday.


Anti-Israel activists block London trade building

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2015

Anti-Israel activists have blocked a government building in central London.

Protestors held up a placard outside the UK Trade and Investment building that read: “Stop Arming Israel”.

Anti-boycott group Jewish Human Rights Watch condemned Thursday morning’s protest.


Labour urged to act on Kaufman

By Josh Jackman and Marcus Dysch, November 5, 2015

Labour must take "firm" disciplinary action against veteran MP Sir Gerald Kaufman following his allegations about "Jewish money" influencing Conservative policy, communal leaders have said.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called Sir Gerald's remarks "unacceptable and deeply regrettable" on Tuesday, but no further action has been taken by the party.


Club closes after brawl

November 5, 2015

A London nightclub popular with celebrities has closed temporarily after a mass brawl believed to have been sparked by antisemitic abuse.

Boujis was ordered to close for two weekends after 16 people were involved in a fight outside the venue.

Footage from mobile phones included one person shouting "f---ing Jews".

Seven people were arrested and issued with fixed penalty notices.


Government bans American neo-Nazi from coming to Britain

By Sandy Rashty, November 4, 2015

The UK government has banned a far-right nationalist from entering the country.

Jewish security group the Community Security Trust welcomed the ban of American white nationalist Matthew Heimbach.

A CST spokesman tweeted: “Thanks @ukhomeoffice for excluding neo-Nazi Matthew Heimbach from UK for antisemitism and inciting hatred of Jews.”