UK news

'Antisemitic' Guardian Gaza cartoon shows Jews as puppeteers

By Jennifer Lipman, November 16, 2012

A Guardian cartoon that implies that Jews are "omnipotent conspirators" has sparked furious debate online.

Barrister Jeremy Brier, who has already lodged a complaint about Steve Bell's drawing with the Press Complaints Commission, labelled the image "plainly antisemitic".


Burglar used Hebrew code to break into Jewish school

By Anna Sheinman, November 16, 2012

A man has been found guilty of 15 separate burglaries of a Jewish primary school in Golders Green, where he repeatedly emptied the charity box to fund his cocaine and amphetamine addictions.


Chief Rabbi blames Iran for Israel- Gaza conflict, live on BBC radio

By Sandy Rashty, November 16, 2012

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has told BBC listeners that the blame for the Gaza conflict should be placed on Iran.

The chief rabbi had given the Thought For The Day, the daily religious item on the Today programme on Radio 4, when he was asked what he thought of the current Israel- Gaza conflict. Lord Sacks said: "I think it's got to do with Iran."


New archbishop is ‘a good friend' to Jews

By Simon Rocker and Gavin Drake , November 15, 2012

The Council of Christian and Jews has welcomed the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who will succeed Rowan Williams next year, as a “good friend”.

The Rt Rev Welby, Bishop of Durham and a former dean of Liverpool Cathedral, who will automatically become a joint president of the CCJ, has been involved in reconciliation work between Jews and Arabs.


Demonstrators support Beth Alexander

By Anna Sheinman, November 15, 2012

“AUSTRIAN JUSTICE STINKS” read one of the placards held by a 40-strong group of protesters outside Wembley Synagogue on Sunday night.


Unison in unison with Department of Health

By Martin Bright, November 15, 2012

Across the country, strikes are being organised in the heath service by public sector union Unison. Just this week, the union described plans to cut 50 per cent of nursing staff at NHS Direct as a “disaster”. The Department of Health and Unison are effectively at war.


British envoy warns that Hamas rockets have to stop

By Jenni Frazer, November 15, 2012

Britain's ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, returned today from a spontaneous visit to Kiryat Malachi, where three Israelis were killed by Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza, pledging solidarity with the people of southern Israel.


Parents of murdered man fail in court bid

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2012

Next week, Irwin and Corinne Van Colle will mark 12 years since their 25-year-old son, Giles, was murdered, shot by a former employee.

The couple had hoped that, by now, the European Court of Human Rights would have confirmed what the High Court agreed in 2006 and the Appeal Court upheld the following year — that Hertfordshire Police had failed in its duty to protect their son.


Union 'did not take Jew-hatred seriously'

By Marcus Dysch, November 15, 2012

A union leader has denied that her organisation's Jewish members were subjected to a "hostile environment" during years of debate over a proposed academic boycott of Israel.

Sally Hunt, University and College Union general secretary, said the organisation did not tolerate antisemitism, but admitted that at times it had "fallen short".


New blow to Serious Fraud Office as agency told to pay Tchenguiz legal costs

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2012

The Serious Fraud Office has been ordered to pay the legal costs of the Iranian-born Jewish property entrepreneurs who were pursued in a botched fraud investigation.

The SFO launched an investigation into Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz in March 2011 as part of its probe into the collapse of Icelandic banking giant Kaupthing.