UK news

How to tweet without being sued for libel

By Simon Gallant, March 3, 2015

George Galloway's decision, in the wake of his appearance on Question Time, to sue Hadley Freeman of the Guardian (for allegedly calling him an antisemite) and to have his lawyers send letters to several private individuals who tweeted similar material is a timely reminder that social media can lead to court action, even for unknown "publishers".


Jewish Defence League leader found guilty of assault

By Rosa Doherty, March 2, 2015

The leader of the UK branch of the Jewish Defence League has been found guilty of assaulting two people at a pro-Palestinian event in Haringey.

Roberta Moore, 43, was convicted at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court of two assaults and possession of an offensive weapon.

Her co-defendant Robert De Jonge, 36, was found guilty of assault.


Jewish headteacher who taught Jihadi John says she saw no sign of radicalisation

By JC Reporter, March 2, 2015

The Jewish teacher who ran the school attended by the British terrorist known as Jihadi John said she had no idea he was being radicalised.

Jo Shuter, who was headteacher at Quintin Kynaston academy in north-west London, said she knew Mohammed Emwazi as a “quiet, reasonably hardworking young person”.


SOAS student union vote backs full Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, March 2, 2015

Staff and students at a London university have voted to implement a full academic boycott of Israel following a referendum.

The student union at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) had run a vote last week as part of its Israel Apartheid Week activity.


Football agents banned and fined by FA over player transfer

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

Two Jewish football agents have been banned and fined after admitting to breaking Football Association rules during a transfer last year.

Alex Levack and Matthew Kleinman were banned for seven months and fined £7,500 each after concealing from the FA their involvement and pay they received during Dale Stephens’ move from Charlton Athletic to Brighton and Hove Albion in January 2014.


Sacks tackles religious violence in next book

By Simon Rocker, February 26, 2015

Emeritus Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks is to explore the origins of religious violence in his next book.

“Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence” will be published in June by Hodder Faith.


Israeli financial technology companies pitch for British business

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

Israeli companies specialising in financial technology are set to pitch their products to British business leaders next week.

The 14 companies – specialising in mobile banking, anti-fraud software and risk-management solutions - were selected from 45 companies who applied for the British Embassy in Israel’s UK Israel Tech Exchange programme this year.


Muslim leader 'pleasantly surpised' by Hebdo poll

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

The co-chair of a Muslim-Jewish dialogue group said he was "pleasantly surprised" by a poll of UK Muslims, which found that 27 per cent sympathised with the motives of the Charlie Hebdo killers and 11 per cent believed that publishers deserved to be attacked for depicting images of Mohammed.

The survey of 1,000 UK Muslims also found that eight per cent of respondents knew people who strongly su


Muscle and fists are the way to fight against hate

By Naomi Firsht, February 26, 2015

The fightback against antisemitism should be taken literally - with British Jews being prepared to punch those who attack them.

That was the suggestion of journalist Brendan O'Neill at a debate on the rise of Jew-hatred in Europe.

Mr O'Neill said antisemitism had been allowed to grow because society was unwilling to stand up to the perpetrators.


Community 'father-figure' in court over sexual abuse charges

February 26, 2015

A father-of-ten hid behind a "respectable surface" as a pillar of the Jewish community to sexually abuse two underage girls, a court heard this week.

Todros Grynhaus, 48, a teacher at Jewish schools, assaulted the girls then relied on the community's "resentment" of anybody who goes to the police to evade punishment, it was alleged.