UK news

Ambassador turns Bradford Israeli

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 21, 2014

Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub has made a high-profile stand against George Galloway's call for Bradford to be an "Israeli-free zone".

Mr Taub visited the city this week to talk to councillors from the its three main political parties.

Mr Galloway, the Respect Party MP for Bradford West, responded on Twitter by accusing the councillors of welcoming a "mouthpiece for murder".


Never again: Sainsbury's pledge over removing kosher food

By Marcus Dysch, August 21, 2014


Sainsbury’s has said it will never again remove kosher products from its shelves.

The statement came after Jewish customers had responded furiously to food being hidden by the manager of a central London branch in expectation of a threat from anti-Israel activists.


Ex-Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay accused over racist text messages

By Daniel Easterman, August 21, 2014

Former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has been reported to the FA after a series of racist and homophobic text messages were found by police, according to the Daily Mail.

Referring to Jewish football agent Phil Smith, a text from his phone said: “Go on fat Phil. Nothing like a Jew that see money slipping through his fingers”.


Russell Brand denies he called for Israel boycott

By Daniel Easterman, August 20, 2014

Russell Brand has strongly denied that he called for a boycott of Israel by urging supporters to sign a petition by the online campaign website Avaaz.

The petition, addressed to the chief executives of major global companies, including Barclays, Hewlett Packard, Caterpillar and G4S, calls on them to withdraw their investments from Israel in order to be “on the right side of history”.


MP criticised over supermarket boycott protest

By JC Reporter, August 20, 2014

A Labour frontbencher has been criticised by Jewish leaders over her role in an anti-Israel protest that forced a supermarket to close.

Shabana Mahmood was part of a demonstration outside a branch of Sainsbury’s in Birmingham, protesting that it was ‘stocking goods from illegal settlements’.


Board attacks Glasgow council over Palestinian flag raising

By Daniel Easterman, August 19, 2014

The Board of Deputies has criticised Glasgow council for its decision to fly the Palestinian flag over the city hall.

In a letter to the leader of the council, Board president Vivien Wineman described the move as “a political statement which has the potential to intimidate and divide our communities.


Hundreds turn out for Brighton Israel rally

By Daniel Easterman, August 18, 2014

Hundreds of people turned out for a pro-Israel rally in the centre of Brighton at the weekend.

Activists included Christian supporters who made the journey from as far away as Wales and Yorkshire.

Police officers at the scene said there were more than 300 demonstrators. But the organisers, Sussex Friends of Israel put the figure at 1,000 people.


Outcry over Sainsbury’s removal of kosher produce

By Marcus Dysch, August 18, 2014

Sainsbury’s has claimed the removal of kosher food from the shelves of a central London store was a precaution against possible violence.

Customers complained after staff at the firm’s Holborn branch emptied a chill cabinet of kosher produce on Saturday afternoon.

It came shortly after anti-Israel activists attacked products in a branch of Tesco in Birmingham.


Tricycle Theatre drops UK Jewish Film Festival boycott

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2014

The Tricycle Theatre and the UK Jewish Film Festival have settled their differences after an agreement was struck to end the theatre’s boycott.


Chief Rabbi warns of 'huge anxiety' over hate increase in UK

By JC Reporter, August 15, 2014

British Jews are deeply concerned at the rising level of antisemitism in the UK, the Chief Rabbi has warned.

Ephraim Mirvis said there was “no sense of panic but huge anxiety” at the increase in antisemitic incidents reported since the beginning of the conflict in Gaza.