UK news

The Eden declaration 70 years on, with the Wiener Library and the Guardian

By Anna Sheinman, December 13, 2012

Seventy years ago this week, on December 17 1942, Sir Anthony Eden stood in Parliament and read a declaration in the name of the "United Nations" (which did not yet exist), denouncing the “bestial policy of cold-blooded extermination” of Jews in German-occupied Europe.


Jewish editor of The Times resigns

By Sarah Pilchick, December 12, 2012

In a shock move, the editor of The Times has resigned at the request of News Corporation bosses.

James Harding, 43, the first Jewish editor of the Rupert Murdoch-owned paper, stepped down on Wednesday afternoon.

Sources at the paper say that the timing was surprising. Mr Harding was apparently expected to leave his post in the near future, but not so soon.


UCL students challenge referendum on Gaza

By Sandy Rashty, December 12, 2012

University College London students have been faced with a large-scale pro-Palestine campaign ahead of a union referendum on the "inhumane situation in Gaza”.

The referendum will determine whether the university’s union, UCLU, will adopt the motion as policy and take any action “in light of the on-going conflict.”


Cameron announces first 'tech envoy to Israel'

By Jennifer Lipman, December 11, 2012

The UK Prime Minister has announced the creation of a "tech envoy to Israel" as part of a move to encourage further co-ordination between the two countries in the start-up and technology fields.

Saul Klein, a partner at investment firm Index Ventures, will act as an unpaid ambassador for tech partnership between Britain and Israel and help build links with innovative Israeli companies.


UK pledges £1.25m in new aid to Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, December 11, 2012

The British government has pledged substantial new aid provisions for Gaza in the wake of last month's fighting between Israel and Hamas.


Census results: rise in Jewish identification

By Simon Rocker, December 11, 2012

The number of people identifying religiously as Jews in last year's Census has risen in England and Wales from the previous count a decade ago.

According to the figures published by the Office of National Statistics today, there were 263,000 Jews who answered the voluntary question on religion in 2011, compared with 260,000 in 2001.


HSBC fined £1.2bn over ‘Iran cash transfers’

By Anna Sheinman, December 11, 2012

HSBC is expected to pay £1.2bn to settle allegations that it allowed money to be moved to Iran and organisations with ‘terrorist’ links.

The anticipated $1.9bn settlement is higher than the $1.5bn US authorities warned it could take to settle the allegations made in a US Senate Homeland Security report in July this year.


Tories urged to release Aidan Burley stag party report a year on

By Jennifer Lipman, December 11, 2012

The Conservative Party is being urged to release a much-delayed report into the conduct of MP Aidan Burley on an allegedly Nazi-themed stag party, a year after the trip occurred.


Rabbi Halpern: 'I am innocent'

By Simon Rocker, December 10, 2012

The strictly London Orthodox rabbi accused of inappropriate behaviour with women has for the first time issued a public statement to protest his innocence.


Chanucah wishes from Prime Minister David Cameron

December 8, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

"I am delighted to wish the Jewish community in the UK and across the world a happy and peaceful Chanucah.

"Chanucah is a magical eight day festival that children look forward to throughout the year – a joyous time of candles, doughnuts and gifts.