UK news

Rise in antisemitism makes 2012 third worst year on record

By Marcus Dysch, February 6, 2013

Antisemitic incidents in Britain rose slightly last year, making 2012 the third worst year on record.

Figures released by the Community Security Trust show there were 640 reported attacks against Jews, up from 608 the previous year and representing a national increase of five per cent year-on-year.


David Ward blames pro-Israel 'machine' for HMD comment controversy

By Jennifer Lipman, February 6, 2013

The Liberal Democrat MP who was disciplined by his party's chief whip last week for accusing "the Jews" of failing to learn the lessons of the Holocaust has blamed "a huge operation" of Israel supporters for the controversy.


Polish embassy complaint over 'antisemitism' claims in Giles Coren's column

By Jennifer Lipman, February 5, 2013

The Polish ambassador to the UK has expressed outrage over a column in The Times by Giles Coren poking fun at the country's attitude toward Jews.

Mr Coren, who is known for courting controversy in his columns, wrote the piece in Saturday's paper, ostensibly in response to the census findings that Polish is now England's second language.


Football fan pleads guilty to racial abuse

By Sandy Rashty, February 5, 2013

A football fan was fined yesterday for having shouted antisemitic abuse at a Tottenham Hotspur player.

Aston Villa supporter Terry Douglas pleaded guilty to racially aggravated abuse after police officers overheard him call the unnamed footballer a Jewish c*** during a Premier League match.

The offence took place during the Villa Park match on Boxing Day last year.


Sunday Times: Netanyahu HMD cartoon 'crossed the line'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 4, 2013

The Sunday Times has admitted that the publication of a cartoon attacking Benjamin Netanyahu on Holocaust Memorial Day "detracted from a day that marks one of the greatest evils in human history".

In a statement on the controversy in this week's paper, the Sunday Times described Gerald Scarfe's artwork as "brutal and bloody and his opinions are his own, not those of this newspaper".


Reform chief executive to go

By Simon Rocker, February 1, 2013

Reform chief executive Ben Rich is to leave after two years at the helm after the movement decided to abolish the role.

Some of his duties will be taken over by board members in order to streamline administration as part of a strategic review.


Northern Ireland receives no Holocaust funding

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2013

A Northern Ireland MP has questioned why a groundbreaking Holocaust education project is not available to pupils there.

The Holocaust Educational Trust’s “Lessons from Auschwitz”, which takes teenagers to visit the Nazi concentration camps and asks them to share their experiences with their peers back home, has been running since 1998. More than 17,000 students have taken part.


Killer loses appeal on sentence

By James Brewster, February 1, 2013

A Polish decorator serving an indefinite sentence for killing a Stamford Hill Jewish pensioner in a robbery at her home has lost a test case appeal against his conviction.

Kuba Dlugosz, 35, left 83-year-old Eveline Kelmenson with her ankles and wrists taped up after he and another man forced their way into her home in a desperate hunt for valuables to steal.


Reform shul allows mixed faith burials

By Simon Rocker, February 1, 2013

One of the Reform movement’s largest synagogues, Alyth in north London, is to give mixed-faith couples the chance to be buried next to each other in a Jewish cemetery.

Non-Jewish spouses of Jewish members of the synagogue will be able to be buried in a special section of the new woodland cemetery at Cheshunt.


John Mann takes on Hungarians

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2013

The chair of the Parliamentary Committee Against Antisemitism is planning to take a cross-party delegation of MPs to Hungary later this year to challenge the rise of an extremist party in the country.