UK news

Far-right activists demonstrate in Golders Green

By JC Reporter, April 3, 2016

Far-right activists have held a demonstration in the heart of London’s Jewish community.

The protest, apparently against the Jewish neighbourhood watch group Shomrim, took place in Golders Green, north-west London, on Shabbat. Nine demonstrators unfurled a banner proclaiming that the area “was London, not Tel Aviv”.

Police were in attendance. No arrests were made.


Hilary Freeman joins the JC as its agony aunt

By Jessica Weinstein, April 1, 2016

The JC is to launch an agony aunt column.

Hilary Freeman will be joining the JC to give advice on relationships and life problems.

She said: 'I’m delighted to be the new agony aunt for the Jewish Chronicle and hope that my advice will both comfort and help readers with their personal dilemmas.”


Ex-Lord Mayor quits Labour Party over probe into Facebook posts

By Sandy Rashty, April 1, 2016

Bradford’s former Lord Mayor has quit the Labour party after an investigation was launched over a series of offensive posts on his Facebook page.

Khadim Hussain was suspended by Labour after complaints were lodged over the comments on social media – included a suggestion that Israel was secretly arming terrorist group Daesh.


Ukip expels senior official over 'antisemitic abuse' at Christmas party

By Sandy Rashty, April 1, 2016

Ukip’s London chairman has been kicked out of the party after he allegedly shouted antisemitic slurs at a fellow member, the JC can reveal.

John Hellings is understood to have called one-time parliamentary candidate Nigel Sussman a “north London Jewish c***” at a Ukip Christmas party last December.


Hasmonean confirms plan to move boys’ school to share site with girls

By Simon Rocker, April 1, 2016

Hasmonean High School has confirmed that it hopes to move its boys’ school in Hendon next to the site of its girls’ division in Mill Hill.

Parents have been invited to attend an exhibition displaying the plan – which was first reported in the JC two months ago – later this month.


Federation wins battle over headstones at new cemetery

By Simon Rocker, April 1, 2016

The Federation of Synagogues has won the right to erect upright headstones in its new cemetery in Edgware despite council officers’ objections that they would spoil the green-belt character of the location.

Barnet Council’s planning committee overrode the recommendations of their officials and last night voted in favour of the synagogue body.


Government investigates Islamic school over antisemitic leaflet

By JC Reporter, April 1, 2016

The Department of Education is investigating a school accused of promoting antisemitism and Islamic extremism.

The Islamic Tarbiyah Academy in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, is said to have used a leaflet quoting the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the antisemitic forgery which claims Jews are involved in a global conspiracy.

An investigation by Sky News uncovered the leaflet at the school.


Cash for terror: how PA duped British backers

By Ian Birrell, March 31, 2016

Ahmad Musa looks like a character in a gangster movie with his black leather jacket, slicked back hair and self-possessed stare. Perhaps this is unsurprising: he first went to jail aged 15 and has been behind bars for double murder.

As this stern man sits beside me, I ask him if he killed the two men as charged? He pauses, then replies softly: "Yes, I shot them dead."


Bernard-Henri Lévy: 'Those who hate me, it is their problem'

By Martin Bright, March 31, 2016

Bernard-Henri Lévy sits in the library of Maida Vale's magnificent Victorian Sephardi Synagogue waiting to deliver a talk on his latest book, L'Esprit du Judaisme, a celebration of Jewish thought.


Anger at comedian's Daesh post

By Marcus Dysch and Josh Jackman, March 31, 2016

A comedian who judged a Jewish comedy festival has been criticised after posting an antisemitic article on Facebook.

Kate Copstick, who was on the judging panel for the Jewish Comedian of the Year award, posted an article titled "why are Isis not killing Jews?" on Sunday.