UK news

Dundee backtracks on Israel boycott

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011

Dundee councillors will vote on whether to condemn Israel at a meeting next month. but a more extreme resolution, which called for a full boycott of Israeli goods, has been blocked by council legal officers.

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ZF to lead aliyah push

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011

The Zionist Federation hopes to launch its first campaign encouraging British Jews to make aliyah, historically promoted by the Jewish Agency.

Last year JA chair Natan Sharansky announced last year that he hoped the JA would make "Jewish peoplehood" its main aim rather than aliyah .

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New coalition feels let down by community

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011

One of the founders of a new umbrella group for pro-Israel groups has claimed that non-Jews often feel excluded from advocacy activities, and have been "let down" by established pro-Israel groups.

Sam Westrop, who co-ordinates the new British-Israel Coalition, said the new organisation aimed to better co-ordinate pro-Israel advocacy in the UK.

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Jersey Senator reels from racist abuse

By Robyn Rosen, May 19, 2011

Jersey's planning minister has been bombarded with a series of antisemitic messages and a death threat.

Senator Freddie Cohen, the former president of Jersey's 65-family Jewish community, has received "extremely antisemitic" messages on his mobile phone and on a blog site earlier this month, including one death threat towards him and his family.

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Help Jews in Yemen asks MP

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

The government has been asked to look at what steps can be taken to help Yemeni Jews escape the Middle East and settle in Britain.

Mike Freer, MP for Finchley and Golders Green, raised the plight of around 70 Jews in the Arabian peninsula during Home Office questions in the Commons.

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Students shun Amnesty over anti-Israel event

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

Dozens of Amnesty International student activists are expected to cut links with the organisation over its decision to host a controversial anti-Israel event.

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Refugees' bows hit the right notes

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

A unique collection of more than 30 English Baroque instrument bows acquired by a German Jewish refugee couple is to be auctioned next month.

Otto and Trude Huttenbach, who fled to London in the late 1930s, collected bows made in the 18th century by some of the world's great violin-makers.

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AJR marks its 70th anniversary

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011

The lives of refugees who fled from antisemitic persecution will be celebrated in a week-long series of events to mark the 70th anniversary of the Association of Jewish Refugees.

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Israelis shocked at life in Britain

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

A group of Israeli parliamentary advisers say a visit to Britain to learn about pluralism in the Jewish community has revealed a stark contrast to their lives at home.

The fourteen, among them political advisers, Knesset spokespeople and parliamentary journalists, met representatives from all sections of British Jewry during the five-day trip.

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He put colour in her cheeks: did her smile save his life?

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011

A former British prisoner of war in Auschwitz has described how he received a cherished oil painting of his sweetheart, painted from a black and white photograph by a Jewish prisoner in the camp.

Welsh-born Bryn Roberts, now 92, who lives in Lyme Regis, was a labourer in Auschwitz when he received a picture postcard of his girlfriend Peggy Gullup through the Red Cross.

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