UK news

Police make arrest over hate blog post

By Marcus Dysch, June 26, 2015

Police have arrested a man in relation to a blog post ahead of a neo-Nazi protest due to take place in north-west London next week.

The Community Security Trust confirmed it had been informed of an arrest made on Friday afternoon.

The group said the arrest was in relation to the demonstration, expected to take place next Shabbat, July 4 in Golders Green.


Chief Rabbi praises Queen for ‘moving’ visit to Belsen

By Marcus Dysch, June 26, 2015

The Chief Rabbi has praised the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh following their visit to the former Nazi concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis accompanied the royal couple as they laid a wreath at the site in Germany on Friday. He said the “Jewish world” appreciated the solidarity shown by the Queen.


Board sends message of support to French community after terror attack

By Rosa Doherty, June 26, 2015

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has expresses solidarity with the people of France following the terror attack in Lyon.

A man has been decapitated and others were injured at factory by terrorists carrying Islamist banners.

The attack happened at the headquarters of the American owned Air Products, in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier, near the city of Lyon.


Queen lays wreath at Bergen-Belsen

By Rosa Doherty, June 26, 2015

The Queen has laid a wreath at Bergen-Belsen in commemoration of the 50,000 Holocaust victims who died there.

The visit – her first to a former Nazi concentration camp - was the climax of the four-day royal trip to Germany.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, she laid the wreath at the memorial to Anne Frank, who perished at Belsen.


Jewish Defence League activist wins appeal against assault conviction

June 26, 2015

The former leader of the UK branch of the Jewish Defence League has won an appeal against a conviction for assaulting a pro-Palestinian activist.

Roberta Moore had been found guilty in March of attacking two men at a literature festival in Tottenham, north London.


Mark Gertler painting sells for £542,000, a world record for the artist

By JC Reporter, June 26, 2015

A new world record price for a painting by Jewish artist Mark Gertler was set when his work The Violinist sold for £542,000.

The painting was auctioned by Christie’s at a sale in London. The previous record for the artist was £74,500 set in 2014.

The buyer is understood to be a British private collector.


Momentum growing for Neo-Nazi counter-protest

By Marcus Dysch and Josh Jackman, June 25, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has encouraged British Jews to take part in a counter-demonstration against a planned neo-Nazi protest.


First painting from Gurlitt stash of Nazi-looted art auctioned for £1.9m

By Rosa Doherty, June 25, 2015

A painting stolen from a Jewish family has become the first work from Cornelius Gurlitt’s collection of looted art to be sold at auction.

Two Riders on a Beach by German-Jewish artist Max Liebermann fetched £1.9 million at a sale at Sotheby’s in London.


Parents at crisis point as school places dry up

By Charlotte Oliver, June 25, 2015

Anxious parents have said they will consider home-schooling, or even emigrating to the United States or Israel, to avoid having to send their child to a non-Jewish secondary school, as the admissions crisis continues.


Sixteen year-old makes online appeal to stop Neo-Nazi rally in Golders Green

By Jessica Weinstein, June 25, 2015

A Hasmonean pupil has made a heartfelt appeal in an open letter to stop the Neo Nazi rally that is planned in Golders Green on 4 July.

Liora Resnick, aged 16, told her Facebook followers to share her post in order to raise awareness of an issue she says is redolent of Nazi Germany.