UK news

Israel will still host football championship, say Uefa

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2013

Uefa is standing firm on its decision to have Israel host the upcoming European Under-21 football championship, even as anti-Israel activists organise their biggest push yet to derail plans.

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Planning laws cause havoc in Hackney

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2013

Strictly Orthodox Jews and their non-Jewish neighbours are at loggerheads over new planning legislation which insiders claim could destroy communal harmony.

The row in Hackney, north London, was sparked by government plans to relax planning laws and allow local groups to apply for powers to permit development without the need for local authorities to grant permission.

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Former spies discuss Israel, Iran and Middle East at Zionist Federation dinner

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2013

Israel faces a series of extreme challenges in the changing Middle East but can overcome the threat of a nuclear Iran, former intelligence chiefs have claimed.

Efraim Halevy, former Mossad director and ex-chief of Israel’s National Security Council, and Sir Richard Dearlove, former head of MI6, discussed a wide range of issues affecting the region at the Zionist Federation annual dinner.

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Bercow leads tributes to shot Israeli ambassador

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2013

The House of Commons Speaker led tributes in Parliament to an Israeli ambassador who was shot at point-blank range 31 years ago, to mark ten years since he succumbed to his injuries.

John Bercow emphasised the importance of Israelis serving free from the threat of barbarity in a ceremony honouring Shlomo Argov, who served as Israel’s envoy to Britain for three years.

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Five front-runners in novel race

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2013

A novelist who brought to life the quirks of Jewish life in north-west London is in the running for the top prize given to female writers in the UK.

Francesca Segal is one of 20 novelists — five of whom are Jewish — shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, formerly the Orange Prize, which comes with a £30,000 cheque and the chance of increased publicity and book sales.

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Jewish woman pays tribute to Catholic saviours

By Sandy Rashty, March 14, 2013

A British woman who was saved from the Nazis during the war has paid tribute to the Catholic family who gave her shelter — and who were honoured as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem last week.

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Giles Coren’s Seder with a difference

By Anna Sheinman, March 14, 2013

Some might balk at inviting famously vicious food critic Giles Coren to dinner, so it is just as well that in the BBC’s upcoming programme on Passover, he is the one hosting.

The show sees Mr Coren hold a Seder, attended by the JC’s own Rabbi I have a question columnist Rabbi Naftali Brawer, philosopher Alain de Botton and Reform Movement Rabbi Laura Janner Klausner.

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Concern over Ed Miliband's Zionist credentials

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2013

The Zionist beliefs of Ed Miliband, the Leader of the Opposition, are mired in confusion after the Labour Party leader — who is Jewish — said at a public meeting that he was a Zionist, only for his office then to deny he had said any such thing.

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Death of controversial Manchester rabbi

By Zoe Winograd, March 14, 2013

One of the most controversial rabbis to serve the Manchester community has died in Israel.

Rabbi Ivan Wachmann has died aged 77 . He was the longtime minister of the Holy Law South Broughton Hebrew Congregation, but was dismissed in 1990 after a series of allegations about sexual misconduct.

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Israel studies professor: 1948 really was ethnic cleansing, not genocide

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 14, 2013

One of the UK’s leading academics says supporters of Israel need to accept historical facts that Israel committed “ethnic cleansing” in 1948 — and be clear that there is no contradiction between this and their support of Israel.

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