UK news

Tribunal hears from BA steward who was 'victim of antisemitism'

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2012

An air steward who was sacked by British Airways for an alleged assault has claimed he was the victim of antisemitic abuse from a colleague.

Jean-Paul Van der Velde told an employment tribunal that a row had erupted in a New York bar as BA staff discussed Nazis and the Holocaust.


British Airways steward says he was sacked after 'antisemitic' row

By Marcus Dysch, July 17, 2012

An air steward has claimed British Airways sacked him after a row with a colleague who allegedly shouted antisemitic abuse.

Jean-Paul Van der Velde told an employment tribunal that an argument erupted in a New York bar when BA staff discussed the Nazis and the alleged tirade left the Jewish steward "shocked and insulted".


No support for Tonge's G4S Israel idea

By Jennifer Lipman, July 17, 2012

A suggestion that security agency G4S should relocate staff from Israel to serve at the Olympic village was roundly dismissed by a Home Office minister during a parliamentary debate.

Jenny Tonge, who in February resigned from the Liberal Democrats following anti-Israel comments made at an Israel Apartheid Week event, made the comment during a discussion on Olympic security.


Edinburgh festival: no change on Israelis despite boycott campaign

By Jennifer Lipman, July 16, 2012

The organisers of the Edinburgh International Festival have said they will not bow to pressure after pro-Palestinian campaigners called for an invitation to an Israeli dance company to be withdrawn.

Israel's Batsheva Dance Company is due to perform three shows at the event between August 30 and September 1, as part of a UK-wide tour.


Government approval for cross-communal Jewish free schools

By Simon Rocker, July 13, 2012

Two new cross-communal Jewish primary schools are among the latest batch of free schools to be approved by the government, as well as a Jewish high school for Leeds.

South London is finally to get the Jewish primary school it has long dreamed of, while a group of Jewish parents in Finchley, North London, are also celebrating their successful application.


Veteran Manchester shopkeeper Jack Yaffe dies at 103

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2012

A shopkeeper who was among the oldest in the world has died at the age of 103.

Jack Yaffe, who retired from his Prestwich haberdashery and hardware store earlier this year after 78 years at the till, was a well-known name in Manchester life.

He opened the shop with his wife Leah in 1934 and the couple were among the first members of the Holy Law Synagogue opposite the store.


Dreyfus relative: he was 'completely broken' by affair

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2012

Alfred Dreyfus, the French officer accused of treason in one of the most notorious episodes of institutional antisemitism in history, owed his eventual exoneration to the efforts of many, including writer Emile Zola.


Lord Neuberger to head Supreme Court

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2012

The head of the civil judiciary has been named as the next Supreme Court president.

Lord Neuberger's appointment as the most senior judge in the UK was confirmed on Thursday. He will be sworn in on October 1, succeeding Lord Phillips.

Lord Neuberger, 64, is the brother-in-law of Baroness Neuberger, senior rabbi of the Reform's flagship West London congregation.


The JC app: On iPad, iPhone and Android

July 12, 2012

It has never been easier to stay in touch with the Jewish Chronicle, now on iPad,


British spy Frank Foley who saved German Jews honoured

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2012

A "true British hero" of the Holocaust who risked his life to save 10,000 German Jews has had his bravery marked at a Jewish cemetery.

The plaque honoring Major Frank Foley has been placed at the entrance to Hoop Lane cemetery in Golders Green..