UK news

Charges dropped against Spurs fans who used Y-word

By Charlotte Oliver, March 7, 2014

Three Tottenham Hotspur fans charged with criminal offences for using the word “Yid” have had their charges dropped, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.

Supporters Gary Whybrow, 31, Sam Parsons, 24 and Peter Ditchman, 52, appeared in Highbury Court on Friday, after being accused of racial harassment in connection with the Y-word.


Tory MP claims shechita is un-British

By Naomi Firsht, March 7, 2014

A Tory MP has attacked shechita as against everything Britain stands for.

Romford MP Andrew Rosindell, who is also secretary of the associate parliamentary group for animal welfare, said Jewish and Muslim methods of religious slaughter were imported foreign traditions that were unacceptable in the UK.


British mothers battle stress of having children in IDF

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2014

Twenty-one British mothers have banded together to help each other cope with the stresses of having children who serve in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) .

Camille Compton, former Emunah charity chair, co-founded Mahal Mums after her 19-year-old son, Max, volunteered for the IDF after leaving Immanuel College last summer.


Muslim-Jewish group’s secret recipe for true friendship

By Rosa Doherty, March 7, 2014

Jews and Muslims in Manchester have created a shining example of communal co-operation. The Muslim Jewish Forum has spent a decade cementing ties between the two groups in the city. Such are its achievements that it was recently recognised with a national award.

But ask its members what the secret of its success is, and the answer is very simple — “Don’t mention the Middle East”.


Chief Rabbi candidate attacks 'chic but not kosher' partnership minyans

By Simon Rocker, March 6, 2014

A leading British Orthodox rabbi has dismissed partnership minyans — services where women can read from the Torah and lead some of the prayers — as “a step towards Reform Judaism”.


Maureen Lipman hits out at Oldie magazine

March 6, 2014

Maureen Lipman has reiterated her anger at The Oldie magazine and its editor Richard Ingrams, after discovering its April issue featured a news story criticising Israel’s treatment of Eritrean and Sudanese immigrants.

Ms Lipman cut her ties with the magazine last week, saying she could no longer tolerate its “antisemitic, anti-Jewish, anti-Israel material”.


Anelka told FA commission he knew nothing of Holocaust and "Jewish stories"

By Daniel Easterman, March 6, 2014

West Bromwich Albion player Nicolas Anelka implied that he was unaware of the Holocaust in his evidence to the Football Association’s independent commission investigating his quenelle gesture.


Warning by NGO founder over upcoming civil strife in Israel

By Daniel Easterman, March 6, 2014

Israel must do more to build a cohesive society for all its citizens, including minorities, or risk serious the possibility of civil strife.

That was the message from Mike Prashker, founder of the Israeli NGO Merchavim, at a panel discussion on “society-building” at the LJCC in London.


Dancing and tweeting - my Jewish Book Week experience

By Hester Abrams , March 6, 2014

So the festival’s over for another year. We’ve rolled down the banners and are writing our thank-you notes before launching into planning for 2015.


Orthodox demand an out-of-hours coroner service to end burial delays

By Simon Rocker, March 6, 2014

Jews and Muslims in North London have launched a joint protest at delays in funerals caused by the lack of an available coroner at weekends.

A petition signed by 4,000 Jews and 1,500 Muslims has been handed into the Chief Coroner’s Office and Camden Council.