UK news

David Ward could lose Lib Dem whip again, says party’s senior Jewish minister

By Marcus Dysch, February 2, 2015

Controversial Liberal Democrat MP David Ward could be stripped of the party whip for his offensive tweets about Jews and Israel, according to the party’s most senior Jewish minister.

Crime Prevention Minister Lynne Featherstone said the Bradford East MP was treading a “thin line” with his regular attacks on social media.


Survey finds 35 per cent of Britons feel “especially unfavourable” towards Israel

By Josh Jackman, February 2, 2015

Britons dislike Israel more than almost any other country, a YouGov poll has found.

The survey was conducted in August during the Gaza conflict, but was published only last week by Chatham House, the UK’s most prestigious foreign affairs think tank.


Yachad launches campaign to fund legal representation for Palestinian minors

By JC Reporter, February 2, 2015

Yachad Youth, the youth division of the liberal Zionist Yachad group, has launched a campaign to raise money for a lawyer to represent Palestinian minors questioned by Israeli military authorities.

The Kids Court in Conflict initiative aims to ensure all West Bank Palestinians under the age of 18 have access to legal representation.


Cornish Jews call for village boycott over park called ‘Hitlers Walk’

By Josh Jackman, February 2, 2015

Jews in Cornwall are calling for a boycott of a fishing village over the erection of a sign naming a local park “Hitlers Walk”.

Harvey Kurzfield, chairperson of the Cornish Jewish community, was reported as calling the decision “outrageous and completely unfeeling”.


Far-right group planning march in Stamford Hill

By Charlotte Oliver, February 2, 2015

A far-right nationalist group is planning a rally in Stamford Hill next month in protest against the “Jewification of Great Britain”.

News of the march, called “Liberate Stamford Hill”, has spread on Twitter and Facebook, with organiser Joshua Bonehill-Paine calling on his followers to “fight back” against the “Jewification” of the predominately Charedi area.


Foreign Office warns UK tourists: don’t travel by bus in Tel Aviv

By Josh Jackman, January 30, 2015

The government has warned British tourists not to travel on buses in Tel Aviv.

The Foreign Office updated its travel advice concerning Israel on Friday morning, just over a week after a Palestinian terrorist stabbed 13 people on Tel Aviv’s number 40 bus.


British Veterinary Association attacked for ‘obsession’ with banning shechita

By Sandy Rashty, January 30, 2015

A communal leader has criticised the British Veterinary Association for being “obsessed” with attacking religious slaughter.

Shimon Cohen, campaign director of Shechita UK, said the BVA’s focus on the issue was preventing the organisation from tackling more serious animal welfare concerns.


Church of England investigates vicar for posts linking Israel to 9/11 attack

By Josh Jackman, January 30, 2015

A vicar who posted a link to an article suggesting Israel carried out the 9/11 attacks is being investigated by the Church of England.


Palestinian statehood debated in the House of Lords

By Marcus Dysch, January 29, 2015

The latest parliamentary debate on Palestinian statehood has taken place in the House of Lords.

Peers discussed the same point that MPs voted on last October – whether the British government should recognise Palestine alongside Israel ahead of a peace agreement in the region.

The session was led by former Liberal Party leader Lord Steel. He said Israel should negotiate with Hamas.


Galloway Question Time appearance is chance to call MP to account, says Board

By Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2015

The Board of Deputies has explained why it did not to sign a letter with the Jewish Leadership Council which questioned the BBC’s decision to invite George Galloway onto its Question Time programme.