UK news

Friends mourn London teen after tragic death

By Jessica Elgot, June 7, 2011

Friends have praised as "sweet and caring" a London Jewish teenager, Emily Weiss, who died yesterday.

Described by friends as a budding and talented actress, Ms Weiss, 14, was a Year 10 pupil at South Hampstead High School. More than 1000 people joined a Facebook group created in her memory.


Israeli David Grossman wins Wingate Prize for army story

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2011

An Israeli writer has won a £4,000 literary prize for his novel about a mother dealing with having a son in the IDF.

David Grossman was one of six writers of both fiction and non-fiction in the running for Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize, which was presented last night in London.


The Rag Trade star Miriam Karlin dies at 85

By Jennifer Lipman, June 6, 2011

The actress who starred as Golde in the original London production of Fiddler on the Roof has died of cancer at the age of 85.

Miriam Karlin, born Miriam Samuels to Orthodox Jewish parents in Hampstead, went on to appear in films including A Clockwork Orange and The Entertainer, the television series The Rag Trade and a long list of West End plays.


Injunction to stop Salford man repeating fraud

By Jennifer Lipman, June 5, 2011

A British businessman has been fined more than £1 million for a trading scam in which he impersonated other people including the director of a charity in order to boost share prices.

Samuel Kahn, from Salford, plotted to inflate the share price of the company Global Brands Licensing by 3.25 pence between March and April 2010. He then had the profits of the scam delivered to him in cash.


UCU member resigns over antisemitism vote

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

A professor at Goldsmiths University has resigned from the University and College Union following its decision last week to reject the European Union's working definition of antisemitism.


UK urged to follow US and boycott Durban review

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

British Jewish organisations have called on the UK government to follow in the footsteps of the United States and boycott the follow-up to the Durban conference.

The US said on Wednesday that it would not attend the United Nations event in September, because it would be wrong to commemorate the "ugly displays of intolerance and antisemitism" of the conference of September 2001.


SOAS bite victim in court battle

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

A pro-Israel activist who was left with bite marks on his cheek at the School of Oriental and African Studies has launched a legal campaign after he was charged with the same offence as his attacker.

The man required medical treatment after the attack at an Israel Apartheid Week event in March.

His attacker was charged with common assault, but he was charged with the same offence.


WHSmith remove Protocols

June 2, 2011

WHSmith has followed in Tesco's footsteps by removing The Protocols of the Elders of Zion from its website. The store made the decision after it received a complaint from Rachel Amdurer, a teaching assistant from Halifax.


Loans for women strikes a UK chord

By Jessica Elgot, June 2, 2011

A charity which helps both Orthodox Jewish women and Arab women in Israel set up their own businesses is appealing for UK support.

Jafar Sabbah, director of the Jerusalem Interest-Free Microfinance Fund, said: "The charity has already increased the income of women from East and West Jerusalem from just £120 a month to almost £1,000.


Blair insists peace talks are inevitable

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

Tony Blair believes Israel and the Palestinians have "no alternative" other than a return to peace negotiations.

The Quartet's Middle East envoy said the growth of the Palestinian economy, coupled with improved security for Israel and a resolution to the current political stalemate, could realistically bring a successful conclusion to the peace process.