UK news

Limmud will get 'refreshing' new look

By Simon Rocker, July 16, 2015

The Limmud conference's switch from a university campus to a Hilton hotel will not affect its essential character, its organisers say.

Bookings will shortly open for the cross-communal event, which starts at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham on December 27 after eight years at Warwick University.


Before an inspector calls ... it is up to Pikuach to get them ready for the task

By Charlotte Oliver, July 16, 2015

Who watches the watchmen? When it comes to Jewish schools, that job falls to Pikuach, the Board of Deputies' inspection service.

Since it launched in 1996, in response to the UK statute that schools of a religious character be subject to Section 48 inspections, the organisation has cemented itself as the stamp of approval for Jewish education.


No FA charge for Malky Mackay over ‘Jew’ messages

By Josh Jackman, July 16, 2015

The Football Association has said it will not charge football manager Malky Mackay over a series of racist, sexist, homophobic and antisemitic messages.


'Cruel' abuser jailed after years on the run

July 16, 2015

A rabbi's son who molested two teenage girls was "an utter hypocrite" who professed his Orthodox faith while "cynically condemning his victims to suffer", a judge has said.

Todros Grynhaus, 50, was jailed for 13 years and two months for the sex attacks.

He must pay one victim £45,000 and the other £35,000 in compensation as well as prosecution costs of £35,000.


'Focus on Israel', SNP MEP tells Parliament

By Gavin Drake, July 16, 2015

A report by the European Parliament on security concerns in the Middle East has been criticised by an SNP MEP for focusing on Daesh - rather than Israel.

Alyn Smith told MEPs that he was not "entirely satisfied" with last week's report and claimed Israel was a "recruiting sergeant for radicalisation".


Shoot it like Shiner, the schoolgirl star

By Charlotte Oliver, July 16, 2015

If you have seen Bend it Like Beckham, you will recognise the story: young London girl juggles her studies and cultural identity with her almost prodigious footballing talents.


Government ends review of arms export licences to Israel

By Rosa Doherty, July 15, 2015

The government has lifted a review of arms export licences to Israel after saying it was confident that criteria imposed last year had been met.

Following the Gaza conflict last summer, the coalition government had said it would suspend 12 arms licences to Israel if hostilities resumed.


Bicom appoints former Nick Clegg adviser as chief executive

By Rosa Doherty, July 15, 2015

A leading Israel advocacy group has appointed Nick Clegg’s former head of communications to be its new chief executive.

James Sorene will lead Bicom after 15 years in senior positions at the Cabinet Office, Home Office and Department of Health.

Bicom chairman Edward Misrahi said he was “delighted” with Mr Sorene’s appointment.


Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to visit Israel tonight

July 15, 2015

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has announced he is visiting Israel tonight.

He is the first of the P5 + 1 leaders to visit Benjamin Netanyahu since the news of the Iran nuclear deal was released yesterday.


Police appeal for information after antisemitic graffiti daubed in Stamford Hill

By Rosa Doherty, July 15, 2015

Police are appealing for witnesses following two incidents of antisemitic graffiti in Stamford Hill, north London.

Officers were called at 10.35pm on Monday after the graffiti was daubed on a wall in Vartry Road, Tottenham.

The next day they were called to a nearby road following reports of a second, similar offence.