UK news

JLC to invest in Israel advocacy by recruiting in regions

By Simon Rocker, July 30, 2015

The Jewish Leadership Council is to recruit a team of six regional fieldworkers as part of a broader plan to invest in Israel advocacy.

It follows a pledge made by JLC chairman Sir Mick Davis last autumn to increase funding for pro-Israel campaigning in response to the Gaza conflict a year ago.


Paris attack fuelled increase in reporting of hate crimes in UK, says CST

By Marcus Dysch, July 30, 2015

Concerns raised by high-profile terror attacks on Jews in Europe have led to increased reporting of antisemitic incidents in Britain, the Community Security Trust has said.


Liverpool Jews ask police for protection as extremists plan rally

By Josh Jackman, July 29, 2015

More than 2,100 people have signed a petition asking the police to protect Liverpool’s Jewish community from a neo-Nazi rally in the city.

The White Man March, organised by far-right group National Action, is due to take place in the city centre on August 15, a Shabbat.


Protests at anti-Israel author Max Blumenthal's book launch

By Josh Jackman, July 29, 2015

Activists have protested at a book launch by author Max Blumenthal in which he accused Israel of committing a “massive project of ethnic cleansing” since it was established.


Chief Rabbi’s office disappointed over Reform’s Shabbat UK clash

By Simon Rocker, July 29, 2015

The Chief Rabbi’s office has expressed disappointment at the Reform movement decision to launch its own Shabbat event rather than support the Chief Rabbi’s Shabbat UK.

A “Reform Judaism Shabbat” has been announced for October 23 and 24, the same weekend as the second Shabbat UK.


High Court backs Jewish family who rejected invasive autopsy on religious grounds

By Simon Rocker, July 28, 2015

A High Court judge has backed the religious right of Jews and Muslims to ask for a post-mortem to be carried out by scan rather than cutting up open the body.

The case was brought by the family of an Orthodox Jewish woman who resisted an order by Inner London Coroner Mary Hassell for an invasive autopsy to determine the cause of her death last year.


Foreign Office urges Israel to end settlement building

By Charlotte Oliver, July 28, 2015

The Foreign Office has urged Israel to stop building settlements “on private Palestinian land”.

In a statement, Tobias Ellwood, Middle East Minister, said that “the UK is deeply concerned by reports that planning for 1,065 settlement units is being advanced, including possible retrospective approval of buildings without permits or on private Palestinian land.


Strictly Orthodox turn out in force for police safety day

By Rosa Doherty, July 28, 2015

Children were locked in handcuffs and sirens blared as they were ushered into squad cars by uniformed police – and all in the name of strengthening ties between the police and London’s strictly Orthodox Jews.

Thousands turned out for a special “community safety day” on Monday, organised by the volunteer security group Shomrim, and attended by senior officers from Scotland Yard.


Israel lacrosse team forced to forfeit match after refusing to play on Shabbat

By Josh Jackman, July 28, 2015

An Israeli lacrosse team playing in the sport’s World Championship in Scotland has been forced to forfeit a match for not playing on Shabbat.

The under-19s side, made up of 15 and 16-year-old amateurs participating in their first tournament, arranged with opponents Finland to play their match on Wednesday instead of Saturday.