UK news

Ukip Charedi claims he lost because of the Jews

By Marcus Dysch, May 29, 2014

Britain’s most high-profile Jewish election candidate has revealed the depth of opposition he faced from his own community during the campaign.

Shneur Odze, the strictly Orthodox Lubavitch candidate who stood for Ukip at both local and European level, said he had undergone a period of soul-searching after weeks of sustained attack.


Elections 2014: Labour the big winners in London and the north

By Marcus Dysch, Simon Rocker and Jonathan Kalmus, May 29, 2014

On a night when Ukip made significant gains across the country, in areas of high Jewish population it was Labour that was the big winner.

Ed Miliband’s party made significant advances in four London boroughs with sizeable Jewish communities, placing it in a leading position to capture seats at next year’s general election.


Finkelstein’s Oxford storm

By Charlotte Oliver, May 28, 2014

Two scheduled appearances at the Oxford Union by controversial academic Norman Finkelstein have caused upset among students and staff.

The anti-Zionist academic was due to speak with Palestinian journalist Mouin Rabbani at Wadham College on Thursday, followed the next evening by a televised appearance at the union under the auspices of Al Jazeera.


Loud and clear opinions wanted

By Ben Rich, May 28, 2014

Unbelievably, it is six years since the JC last published its list of the 100 people who most influence the Jewish community. Editing the list then was a task which I undertook with a degree of trepidation. Surely people would realise it was just a bit of fun?


It’s back: the JC’s power 100 list

By Sandy Rashty, May 28, 2014

The hunt is on to find the most influential members of the community. The JC Power 100 will reveal who are British Jewry’s top movers and shakers — based on nominations from JC readers.

We want you to let us know who you think are the most notable figures within the worlds of religion, communal organisations, politics, finance and the arts.


Survey reveals growing racism across UK

By Charlotte Oliver and Marcus Dysch, May 28, 2014

Jewish leaders have expressed concern over rising racism in Britain as revealed by a national survey released this week.

According to the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey, the percentage of Britons who say they hold some form of prejudice against people of other races has increased overall from 25 per cent to 30 per cent since 2001.


Revealed: who gets what among charity movers and shakers

By Marcus Dysch, May 23, 2014

The range of salaries paid to executives working in Jewish communal organisations is revealed in depth today.


Mixed fortunes for Jewish candidates in local elections

By Marcus Dysch and Jonathan Kalmus, May 23, 2014

The local election results have produced a mixture of outcomes for Jewish candidates and voters.

By Friday afternoon only a handful of councils with Jewish interest had returned their results.


Methodist Church delays Israel boycott decision

By Simon Rocker, May 23, 2014

Methodist leaders have recommended the church put off any decision on whether to boycott Israel for at least two years.

A resolution to be debated at its policy-making conference in Birmingham next month says that members need more time to reflect and should not submit any motions on “Israel/Palestine” until after their conference of 2016.


Facebook and Israeli embassy launch start-up competition

By Sandy Rashty, May 23, 2014

A business competition co-organised by Facebook and the Israeli embassy in London was launched this week, in a bid to attract top UK-based technology start-ups.

The Bizcamp competition is aimed at entrepreneurs, who are at the early-stage of starting up their business.