UK news

Israel an issue on new e-petitions website

By Jennifer Lipman, August 5, 2011

The government's new "e-petitions" website has already attracted attention from a number of pro and anti-Israel campaigners.

Launched this week, the site allows voters to register a petition on any subject. If they manage to attract more than 100,000 signatures, the point could be debated by MPs in the House of Commons.


Israel gap year could boost university application

By Jennifer Lipman, August 5, 2011

Participants on gap year schemes in Israel could find that their time abroad helps them win a university place.

Students can boost their Ucas tariff points by 70 points – equivalent to an A grade at AS Level – by earning a Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (Cope).


Blues failed Yossi, say fans

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

Chelsea FC's decision formally to complain about antisemitic abuse directed at Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun by Malaysian football fans has been met with a mixed reaction.

The swift action was praised by the Community Security Trust and the Zionist Federation, along with anti-racism group Kick it Out.


Ebay book arrives with hate graffiti

By Jessica Elgot, August 4, 2011

Police are investigating after antisemitic graffiti and swastikas were discovered on an invoice for books sent from Britain to Israel via eBay.

Israeli Faith Romano said she was shocked to discover the words "Hitler", "SS" and "Jude" on an invoice sent to her son Michael, 24, who lives in Roash Hay'ayin.

The invoice, which accompanied the book Sumo: From Rite to Sport, was sent from eBay sal


'Wrong to link up with Methodists'

By Marcus Dysch, August 4, 2011

An expert on Christian-Jewish relations believes British Jews should have cut off all contact with the Methodist Church following its adoption of an anti-Israel policy.

Malcolm Lowe, a Bible scholar who has lectured at the Hebrew University, criticised attempts by the Jewish community to repair relations following last year's Methodist conference.

At the June 2010 conference, delegates voted


Chinese restaurant attacker's appeal is dismissed

August 4, 2011

A thug who slashed the throat of a man with a Stanley knife in Chinese restaurant in Golders Green, has been told by judges that he deserved his indefinite jail term.

Jacob Charles Butchoff attacked Jonathan Kaae-Mortensen from behind before stabbing him, a court heard.


Jewish Minister 'has agenda to damage Church'

By Padraig Reidy and Jessica Elgot, August 4, 2011

A priest in County Kilkenny, Ireland, has accused Jewish Justice Minister Alan Shatter of having a "vested interest" in damaging the Church through the government's investigation into child abuse.


Cambridge interfaith first

By Simon Rocker, August 4, 2011

Cambridge University is to introduce a pioneering new master's degree in Muslim-Jewish relations in 2012.

Yousef Meri, convenor of the one-year MPhil course, said: "It's the first postgraduate course of its kind specifically in the academic study of Muslim-Jewish relations.


Row over MPs' rejection of Islamophobia group

By Martin Bright, August 4, 2011

A war of words has broken out over the decision to drop the anti-Zionist organisaton i-Engage (also known as Engage) as the secretariat to the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on Islamophobia.

MPs voted last month to dispense with its services of after efforts by Conservative MPs Nick Boles and Robert Halfon along with Labour's Hazel Blears and John Spellar.

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