UK news

How Salah entered UK: alert at wrong terminal

By Robyn Rosen, July 7, 2011

The British ambassador to Israel has told a group of senior Israeli Arabs that Islamic leader Raed Salah was excluded from Britain because he engaged in "unacceptable behaviour".

Sheikh Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was arrested last month, a day before he was due to share a platform with MPs in the House of Commons.

MP Mike Freer asked Home Secretar


Pivotal moment for unions and Labour

By Martin Bright, July 7, 2011

The decision by Ronnie Fraser to fight back against the anti-Israel stance of the University and College Union is not just an act of considerable personal courage. It is also a hugely important political moment.

For many years, too many trade union members have stood by as their officers expended significant time and money on international "solidarity" campaigns.


UK arrest scare for top Israeli

By Martin Bright, July 7, 2011

Former Israeli Defence Minister Amir Peretz made a visit to the UK last week in defiance of attempts to serve him with an arrest warrant for war crimes.


Lecturer tells UCU: change or I'll sue

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2011

A leading Jewish academic has threatened the University and College Union with legal action as the backlash against its rejection of the widely-accepted definition of antisemitism reached new levels this week.

Lawyers acting for Ronnie Fraser, director of Academic Friends of Israel, have written to UCU general secretary Sally Hunt alleging the Union's stance breaches equality laws.


Anti-Israel activist cleared of arms smash dies at 36

By Jessica Elgot, July 6, 2011

One of the defendants of the controversial Brighton Arms Factory case, acquitted by Judge Bathurst-Norman, has died aged 36.

Simon Levin, of Montpelier Street, Brighton, came from a Jewish family and had great grandparents who died in Auschwitz – which he said contributed towards his political activism.


Curator named for Oxford Hebrew Centre

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies has announced the successor to its longtime curator Dr Piet van Boxel.

Dr Cesar Merchan Hamann will take over from Dr van Boxel in September as curator of the Bodleian Library's Hebrew and Judaica collections.


Theresa May: 'Something went wrong' with Raed Salah at border

By Robyn Rosen, July 5, 2011

More details have emerged concerning the exclusion order against Islamic speaker Raed Salah, who is currently being detained after allegedly flouting a ban to enter the country.

Sheikh Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was arrested last month, a day before he was due to share a platform with MPs in the House of Commons.


Labour Friends of Israel name new chair

By Marcus Dysch, July 5, 2011

Labour Friends of Israel has selected John Woodcock as its new chairman.

Mr Woodcock, MP for Barrow and Furness, had been a vice-chair since September last year and takes on the role following the death of David Cairns in May.


Scottish academics quit UCU for 'feeding' antisemitism

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

Four Scottish academics have quit the University and College Union in protest against its decision to reject the European Union's working definition of antisemitism.

Ephraim Borowski, the former president of the UCU-predecessor, the Glasgow Association of University Teachers, was joined by three other longtime members in leaving.


Gaza flotilla Brits lobby David Cameron

By Jessica Elgot, July 4, 2011

Although no British ship has joined the ill-fated flotilla from Athens to Gaza, this week activists in the UK have been lobbying Prime Minister David Cameron and the Greek ambassador to "guarantee their safe passage".