UK news

MEPs vote to remove drug trade barriers

By Martin Bright, October 25, 2012

A major new agreement to open up the trade in medicines between Israel and the European Union has been hailed as a significant victory over the boycott movement.

The deal removes barriers to trade in pharmaceuticals in both directions, and will have a direct effect on Britain by making Israeli medicines more quickly and more cheaply available in this country.


Holocaust denying Bishop banned from Catholic group

By Sahar Zivan, October 24, 2012

Holocaust denier Bishop Richard Williamson has been expelled from the niche Catholic group of which he was a leading member.


Leading British Zionist killed in Jerusalem crash

By Jennifer Lipman, October 22, 2012

One of the leading figures in British Zionist history has been killed in a car accident at the age of 97.

Jack Sklan, who had lived in Israel for nearly 40 years, was crossing King George Street not far from the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem on Shabbat morning when he was hit by a car.


Football fan 'let off' for Nazi salute

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2012

An anti-racism group has condemned a Premier League football club for the punishment imposed on a fan who made Nazi salutes at a match.

The 39-year-old supporter was arrested on suspicion of racial and religious harassment the day after the clash with Tottenham Hotspur at St James’ Park in August.


BNP leader Nick Griffin in police inquiries

By Anna Sheinman, October 19, 2012

Cambridgeshire police are making inquiries after BNP leader Nick Griffin tweeted the home address of a gay couple who won a court case against discriminatory bed and breakfast owners.

Couple Michael Black and John Morgan from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, won a landmark court ruling on Thursday after being turned away from a B&B in March 2010.


Jimmy Savile admitted he was 'crooked' in interview before his death

By Sandy Rashty, October 19, 2012

In a previously unpublished interview given just before his death last year, Jimmy Savile admitted that his reputation would collapse after his death, saying that he was “not a straight punter” and would soon be regarded as “crooked”.


Green Party MP backs anti-Israel protest in Brighton

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2012

Parliament’s only Green Party MP has been accused of “selling out” after she backed constituents’ protests against an eco-friendly concept store.

Caroline Lucas has entered the row over the EcoStream store in her Brighton Pavilion constituency after she backed demonstrations outside the Israeli-owned company, but also said she did not believe the store should close.


Conservative MEP condemns Greek leader's antisemitic comments

October 19, 2012

A British Conservative MEP has condemned apparently antisemitic comments made by the leader of a group which partners the Labour Party in the European Parliament.

Evangelos Venizelos, a former Greek finance minister and leader of the socialist Pasok party, made the remarks to a parliamentary committee in Athens last week.


Kaddish in St Paul’s for Vidal Sassoon

By Jennifer Lipman, October 19, 2012

Kaddish was recited in church in memory of Vidal Sassoon last week at a London ceremony following the death of the groundbreaking Jewish hairdresser in May, aged 84.


Brick Lane mural gets partial whitewash

By Marcus Dysch, October 18, 2012

A controversial mural which was likened to antisemitic propaganda has been repeatedly defaced, but has yet to be fully removed.

Freedom for Humanity was painted on a property near Brick Lane in London’s East End last month by renowned international graffiti artist Kalen Ockerman, known as Mear One.