UK news

Bribes-case solicitor is ordered to forfeit £90m

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2011

Solicitor Jeffrey Tesler has been ordered to forfeit £90 million and faces 10 years in prison after pleading guilty at a US court for helping to bribe Nigerian officials to get £4 billion in building contracts.

Mr Tesler, 63, from Hendon, who has joint Israeli and British nationality, tried to obtain contracts in natural gas facilities on behalf of Texan company Kellogg, Brown and Root.


Four accuse Ahava of 'war crimes'

By Robyn Rosen, March 24, 2011

The London Israeli cosmetics shop Ahava has been accused of "war crimes" during a trial of four demonstrators.

The four "stormed" Ahava in Covent Garden twice last year: Matthew Richardson, 24, and Gwendolen Wilkinson, 20, on October 2, and Christopher Osmond, 30, and Jessica Nero, 33, on November 22.


Orthodox plan to teach brides halachah of sex

By Dina Brawer, March 24, 2011

The art of "Kallah" teachers - the women tasked with preparing Orthodox brides for marital life - is being given a radical new focus.

Kallah teachers normally give lessons on the laws of Niddah, which proscribe physical contact between husband and wife during her menstrual period, and the preparations for immersion in a mikveh, after which normal marital relations may resume.


British-Israeli modelling herself on Miss World

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

A British-Israeli model is hoping to capture the hearts of a nation in the final of the Miss Israel competition.

Channy Maccabee, 23, wants to emulate previous winner Linor Abargil, who went on to become Miss World.

Ms Maccabee will go head-to-head with 19 others in Haifa on Tuesday.


US under scrutiny as rabbis go to law

By Simon Rocker, March 24, 2011

A judge has expressed his "serious concerns" about the motives of the United Synagogue after the rabbi of Britain's largest Orthodox synagogue turned to the High Court to block what he believed is an attempt to oust him.


Armed robbery at Edgware kosher deli

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

Staff at a kosher delicatessen were held up at gunpoint during an armed robbery this morning.

Police were called to Noshers Smoked Salmon Company in Edgware, north west London, at around 8.45am after two men threatened them with a handgun and demanded money.

Firearms officers arrived at the scene but the men had already fled empty-handed after staff refused to hand over cash.


MP Louise Bagshawe attacks BBC bias for Fogel coverage ‘failures'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 24, 2011

A Conservative MP has demanded an explanation from the BBC for its “inexcusable” lack of coverage of the Fogel murders a fortnight ago and condemned the broadcaster for “exceptionally biased reporting” — and even antisemitism.


UK minister: Hamas Purim attacks 'unacceptable'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2011

Britain’s Foreign Office minister for the Middle East has condemned Hamas for sending more than 50 mortars into Israel in just a few hours, and called on the terrorist organisation to immediately halt its behaviour.

Alistair Burt said that the barrage from the Gaza Strip – the heaviest in two years – by a group allied to Hamas was “unacceptable”.


Bob Geldof to visit Israel, accept honorary degree

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2011

Musician and campaigner Bob Geldof is accepting an honorary degree from Ben Gurion University later this year.

The award from the university is being conferred in celebration of Mr Geldof's anti-poverty activism, including his organisation of the Live Aid and Live 8 concerts and his work with a range of charitable causes.


'I felt like a Jew in Nazi Germany': SOAS Israel supporter

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2011

Members of the Israeli education organisation Stand With Us have said they felt "shaken and distressed" and like victims of the Nazis after a pro-Israel protester was bitten on the cheek at an Israel Apartheid Week event at SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies.