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Complaints to BBC over Proms disruption

September 5, 2011

The BBC received 22 complaints about the disruption to its broadcasting of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's performance at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms.

A dozen people unfurled a banner reading "Free Palestine" and sang about "Israeli apartheid" as the IPO began the concert. They were removed by security guards as the orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta, played on.


The view from inside the Albert Hall

By Gloria Tessler, September 2, 2011

It seemed peaceful enough outside. Jewish groups waving Israeli flags were joined by pro-Israel Christian supporters outside the Albert Hall last night as they welcomed the Israeli Philharmonic prom.


Orphaned by war, I spent 60 years not knowing I had a family

By Jennifer Lipman, September 2, 2011

First cousins from opposite sides of the world, who believed no other members of their family had survived the Holocaust, met for the first time this week in London after 60 years of unanswered questions.


Anti-Israel protesters disrupt BBC Proms

By Marcus Dysch, September 2, 2011

Anti-Israel protesters repeatedly disrupted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's performance at the Royal Albert Hall last night, causing the BBC to abandon its live broadcast of the prom.


BBC cut broadcast from Israel Philharmonic Prom

September 1, 2011

Tonight's Israel Philharmonic Prom broadcast on Radio 3 has been suspended by the BBC as a result of demonstrations in the Royal Albert Hall.Around a dozen protestors are thought to have been involved.


Edinburgh Council bans SDL marchers

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2011

The Scottish Defence League has been banned from marching through Edinburgh the day before the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

The off-shoot of the far-right anti-Islamic fundamentalism English Defence League had hoped to protest through the city centre on September 10.

But last Friday, Edinburgh City Council unanimously turned down the SDL's application, on public safety groun


Richmond rabbi uses Israeli knowhow to aid the world

By Simon Rocker, September 1, 2011

There are probably not many rabbis helping to provide cleaner water in Myanmar (Burma) or first-aid training to wildlife rangers in Kenya.

But Rabbi Yossi Ives, the minister of Richmond Synagogue, is doing just that through the organisation he has founded to put Jewish humanitarian values into practice.

His enterprise, Tag International Development, supports social action and community-build


Anti-Zionists attack Scots sheriff

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2011

The Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign has launched a blistering attack on the sheriff who found a student guilty of racially abusing a Jewish postgraduate in his university hall of residence.

The anti-Zionist group said Sheriff Charles Macnair had "violated every canon of fairness and balance" in finding Paul Donnachie guilty of the attack on Chanan Reitblat.

Donnachie rubbed his genita


Our girls 'don't need' HPV vaccine

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

A new study has revealed that Jewish parents are rejecting the chance to vaccinate their daughters against a sexually transmitted virus because they do not consider it a necessary precaution.

The research, carried out by Dr Daniel Gordon at University College London, looked at the Jewish community's attitudes towards the vaccine for HPV (human papilloma virus), a sexually transmitted infection


Leeds music centre to open Terezin hub

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 1, 2011

Classical music composed by Jewish inmates of a Nazi concentration camp will form the basis of a new international research centre promoting music which defies oppression.

The Terezin Music Hub at the Leeds College of Music will be opened in February by the Czech Republic's ambassador to the UK, once the Czech ambassador to Israel, Michael Žantovský, together with a Theresienstadt camp surviv