UK news

Education Secretary launches inquiry over Chasidic ban on women drivers

By JC Reporter, May 29, 2015

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has condemned a Chasidic sect's ban on women driving as "completely unacceptable".

In a letter sent out last week, Belz rabbis, based in Stamford Hill, said that female drivers go against “the traditional rules of modesty in our camp”.

They also said that children would be barred from Belz schools if they were dropped off by their mothers in cars.


Palestinian FA drops bid to suspend Israel

By Sandy Rashty, May 29, 2015

The Jewish Leadership Council has applauded the decision to drop the proposal to suspend the Israel Football Association at the Fifa Congress.


Sajid Javid to attend British-Israel business awards

By JC Reporter, May 29, 2015

Business Secretary Sajid Javid will be the keynote speaker at this year’s British Israeli business awards dinner, it has been announced.

Over 250 leading businessmen and women will attend the event in central London next month.


EasyJet flight to Tel Aviv turned back after cabin crew fall ill

By JC Reporter, May 29, 2015

An easyJet flight to Tel Aviv has been forced to return to Luton Airport after cabin crew members reported feeling unwell.

The plane was turned back as a precautionary measure, the company said. It will now leave on Saturday.

Passengers on the flight, EZY 2083, will be provided with overnight accommodation.

EasyJet apologised for the inconvenience caused by the delay.


Molton Brown founder Caroline Burstein sparks anger after calling black people “coloured”

By Rosa Doherty, May 29, 2015

Caroline Burstein, the founder of leading cosmetics company Molton Brown, has provoked anger after using the word “coloured” to describe black people.

Ms Burstein said she believed the fashion industry was an inclusive and diverse place where many “coloured” people worked.


Ex-Fifa official Jack Warner blamed Zionism over losing his job

By Rosa Doherty, May 28, 2015

A former Fifa vice-president who was arrested on bribery charges as part of a raid on officials of football's governing body blamed “Zionism” after being implicated in a previous bribery scandal.

Jack Warner was held in Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday on suspicion of bribery.


I take responsibility for my antisemitic rant, John Galliano tells Jewish audience

By Rosa Doherty, May 28, 2015

Fashion designer John Galliano has said that he has learned to accept responsibility for the antisemitic comments he made during a drunken rant in 2010.

Speaking at the launch of a new Jewish educational project on Thursday night, the controversial designer said: "I am an alcoholic. I am an addict we addicts are not responsible for our disease. But that is by no means an excuse.


Manchester father-of-four killed in road accident in Australia

By Naomi Firsht, May 28, 2015

A community mohel and father-of-four has been tragically killed after being hit by a car just a few months after moving to Australia with his family.

Dr Henri Sueke from Manchester was run over and killed while he was on his way to work. He was 36.

His wife Danni and four children are now on their way to Israel where the funeral will take place.


Anger as Peres exits ZF dinner for sushi supper

By Sandy Rashty, May 28, 2015

Shimon Peres skipped the kosher main course at the Zionist Federation gala dinner to dine at a central London Japanese restaurant, the JC understands.

The former Israel president - who is believed to have been paid a six-figure sum to attend last week's fundraiser - left immediately after conducting an on-stage interview with an Israeli-Arab journalist in front of the 900 guests.


JFS hands exam ban to muck-up day miscreants

By Charlotte Oliver, May 28, 2015

Several JFS pupils will not be allowed to sit their GCSE exams at the school following their involvement in the "loutish and dangerous behaviour" that caused 300 teenagers to be sent home.

It is understood that an unknown number of students have been told to make arrangements to take their exams at an alternative venue.

The measure is part of the school's response following events at the JFS