UK news

Shul windows are smashed in Brum

By Sandy Rashty, August 20, 2012

Bricks were hurled though windows of Birmingham's Central Synagogue last Shabbat.

The attack occurred at around 10pm, after the conclusion of the Friday night service. The perpetrator was a man said to be in his 20s.

Police were called after the damage was discovered by the 80 community members arriving for the Shabbat morning service.


Students celebrate bumper year for A-Level results

By Barry Toberman, August 16, 2012

The A-level results of Immanuel College pupils have given outgoing head Philip Skelker the perfect send-off.

In a performance digest issued on Wednesday, the Bushey school reported that more than a third of the 66 exam students achieved three A* or A grades, with eight attaining three or more A*s.


Geeks meet geeks for UK/Israel technology parley

By Zoe Winograd, August 16, 2012

It was a unique moment when our geeks met their geeks to discuss what the UK can learn from Israel’s work in successful innovation.


Greek expert's ode to zipwire Boris

By Jennifer Lipman, August 16, 2012

A classics professor has composed an ode to Boris Johnson after the London mayor found himself suspended mid-air on a zipwire.

Earlier this summer, Dr Armand D'Angour, a Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford, was asked by Mr Johnson to compose an ode to the Olympics.


Israeli Yehuda Cohen one of UK’s most wanted tax evaders

By Anna Sheinman, August 16, 2012

British Revenue and Customs have released photos of the UK’s most wanted tax-dodgers, including Israeli Yehuda Cohen, who is believed to be hiding out in Israel.


Board challenge to Oxfam

By Marcus Dysch, August 16, 2012

Oxfam has defended its position on Israel following criticism from the Board of Deputies.

A Board delegation, led by president Vivian Wineman, met the charity's chief executive Barbara Stocking and Middle East regional director to discuss its approach to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.


Thefts at Jewish school

August 16, 2012

A 23-year-old man has been charged with repeatedly burgling a Jewish primary school.

Schneur Simmons faces four burglary charges relating to incidents at the Torah Vodaas Primary School at Golders Green Synagogue, Dunstan Road, between January 2011 and this month.

He appeared at Hendon Magistrates’ Court on Monday but did not enter a plea and was bailed to reappear next month.


Muamba life-saving medics honoured

By Marcus Dysch, August 16, 2012

Two doctors who saved the life of footballer Fabrice Muamba have received a special award for their efforts.

Cardiologist Andrew Deaner and Bolton Wanderers’ club doctor Jonathan Tobin, a member of Mill Hill Synagogue, were among the first on the scene when the midfielder collapsed from a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match between Tottenham Hotspur and the Lancashire side in March.


Lord Sacks resigns from interfaith charity

By Marcus Dysch, August 16, 2012

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has resigned as patron of an interfaith charity after it circulated an anti-Israel campaign to members and encouraged them to lobby against the country.


Anger as anti-Israel video spoof claims Welsh Assembly backing

By Jennifer Lipman, August 16, 2012

Anti-Israel campaigners have been using the stamp of the Welsh Assembly to give legitimacy to an offensive video attack on Israel.

The video on the Swansea Telly online channel is narrated by “Paul”, who describes himself as an “allegedly unbiased reporter for the BBC Zionist network, reporting from Zionist Games at the Gaza Strip”.