UK news

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.


Board concern over racist incidents after Brexit vote

By JC Reporter, June 27, 2016

The Board of Deputies has said it is “alarmed” by reports of racist abuse following the European Union referendum result.

A Polish cultural centre in west London was daubed with racist graffiti over the weekend in an attack thought to be linked to the Brexit vote.


Luciana Berger quits shadow cabinet

By Marcus Dysch, June 27, 2016

Luciana Berger has resigned from her role in the Labour shadow cabinet, as the frontbench revolt against Jeremy Corbyn continues.

Ms Berger had been Shadow Minister for Mental Health but joined the more than 20 Labour figures to quit following the EU Referendum result.


JLC leader Sir Mick Davis praises New Israel Fund for “trying to rehabilitate the Zionist dream”

By Simon Rocker, June 27, 2016

Sir Mick Davis, the chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, saluted the work of the New Israel Fund at a reception for its international board on Sunday night.

The JLC leader described NIF’s support for minority rights and healing civil society as “very important”.

He said that the organisation should be “hugely applauded” for “trying to rehabilitate the Zionist dream”.


I was made to feel like a mass murderer over female ordination, says women’s seminary founder

By Simon Rocker, June 27, 2016

The American Orthodox rabbi who paved the way for the ordination of women invited members of a British audience to study at his institutions and “join in the dream”.

Rabbi Avi Weiss, the founder of the women’s seminary Yeshivat Maharat in New York, said there was “no barrier to whatsoever to women being ordained, women becoming rabbis as men”.


Sadiq Khan: warnings about security and racism after Brexit vote

By Sandy Rashty, June 27, 2016

Sadiq Khan has voiced his concerns about security and racism in the wake of the Brexit vote.

He has also called on the UK government to give him “a seat around the table” during Brexit negotiations.

The London Mayor made the comments after the UK voted to leave the European Union on Friday morning.


Swastika found carved in Stamford Hill pavement

By Rosa Doherty, June 24, 2016

Police have been alerted after a swastika was found carved into a pavement in Stamford Hill.

Shomrim, the Jewish neighbourhood watch group, contacted officers after the Nazi symbol was discovered close to a synagogue.
Witnesses have been urged to call the police with information.


Israeli ambassador Mark Regev presents credentials to the Queen

By JC Reporter, June 24, 2016

Mark Regev, the new Israeli ambassador to the UK, formally presented his letters of credence to the Queen today.

The letters confirmed his diplomatic credentials, and affirmed the strong ties between the UK and Israel.

The Queen officially accredited him as Ambassador of Israel to the Court of St. James’s.


David Cameron announces his decision to step down after EU referendum

By Sandy Rashty, June 24, 2016

Communal bodies have paid tribute to David Cameron after he announced his decision to step down as Prime Minister of the UK.

Mr Cameron announced the decision outside Downing Street at around 8:15am this morning.

The announcement came after Britain voted to leave the European Union, by 51.9 per cent to 48.1 per cent.


Swastika posters 'terrify our children'

By Rosa Doherty, June 23, 2016

Sarah's youngest son is too frightened to go outside with his brothers and sisters after swastika posters were plastered in a playground on the estate where they live.

The Nazi symbols were put up across five days this week in Amhurst Park, Stamford Hill, in what security group Shomrim described as "the first co-ordinated and repetitive act of antisemitism the area has ever seen".