UK news

Italian job for the Red Sea star

By Charlotte Oliver, July 31, 2014

Claire Lewis, the only woman ever to have managed a Maccabi League football team, has been handed an even bigger job - as marketing director of Italian giants Inter Milan.

"I'm thrilled. It's an honour to be part of such a prestigious club," she said.


Highest levels of hate for five years

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

Antisemitic incidents in Britain rose by a third in the first six months of this year, and have rapidly increased further in the past four weeks as Israel's military operation in Gaza continues.

Figures published this week by the Community Security Trust showed more than 300 recorded cases between January and June, up 36 per cent on the same period last year.


Prescott condemned over Gaza 'concentration camp' description

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

Lord Prescott's description of Gaza as a "concentration camp" has been condemned on all sides of the political spectrum.

The former Deputy Prime Minister also wrote in his Sunday Mirror column that it was impossible not to view Israel's actions in Gaza as war crimes and compared the Israelis to Nazis.


Bank targets me over Gaza, says Muslim

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

HSBC's decision to close bank accounts belonging to a number of British-based Muslim groups and their leading figures has caused anger.

Among those affected are the Finsbury Park Mosque and the Ummah Welfare Trust, which raises funds for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.


Hundreds of thousands raised to help victims

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2014

British Jews have been mobilising to help those in Israel affected by the ongoing violence.

Magen David Adom UK's emergency appeal, launched last month, has raised almost £300,000, a sum the charity said was unprecedented.

It hopes to buy a new ambulance to support Israel's emergency services taking part in Operation Protective Edge.


Mixing it with the best

By Anthea Gerrie, July 31, 2014

He is a bar owner called Bar. And now he's set to make history as the first Israeli to take part in a prestigious coctail-making competition.

And Bar Shira, 35, has one disadvantage. He operates in a country with limited alcohol consumption.

"But bar life is only down 20 per cent while the country is at war," he said.

Mr Shira grew up in a household where alcohol was unknown.


Product withdrawal has no link to Gaza, says Tesco

By Daniel Easterman, July 31, 2014

Tesco has denied that its decision to stop selling a product from the West Bank is a response to Israeli action in Gaza.

From September, the UK's largest supermarket chain will withdraw a brand of dates which are packaged in the territories but grown in Israel.


Fighting battles on two fronts

By David Cesarani, July 31, 2014

The First World War transformed Jewish society in Britain, accelerating the upward social mobility of the immigrants and their children. But it placed enormous strain on the identity forged by British Jews and left the Jewish population bitterly divided.


Memories rest not at a graveside, but in a Nazi killing field

By Robin Lustig, July 31, 2014

A sun-dappled meadow slopes gently down from the hilltop towards the city of Kaunas. The grass is freckled with yellow and purple wild flowers, a peaceful summer scene that belies an unimaginably brutal past.


Staff at Israeli store face death threats

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 31, 2014

Police are investigating racist death and fire-bomb threats by pro-Palestinian boycotters against a shop which sells Israeli cosmetics.

Kedem, in Manchester, reported phone calls, at one point every five minutes, from callers threatening to burn down the shop, beat up or kill staff.