UK news

Conservative MEP condemns Greek leader's antisemitic comments

October 19, 2012

A British Conservative MEP has condemned apparently antisemitic comments made by the leader of a group which partners the Labour Party in the European Parliament.

Evangelos Venizelos, a former Greek finance minister and leader of the socialist Pasok party, made the remarks to a parliamentary committee in Athens last week.


Kaddish in St Paul’s for Vidal Sassoon

By Jennifer Lipman, October 19, 2012

Kaddish was recited in church in memory of Vidal Sassoon last week at a London ceremony following the death of the groundbreaking Jewish hairdresser in May, aged 84.


Brick Lane mural gets partial whitewash

By Marcus Dysch, October 18, 2012

A controversial mural which was likened to antisemitic propaganda has been repeatedly defaced, but has yet to be fully removed.

Freedom for Humanity was painted on a property near Brick Lane in London’s East End last month by renowned international graffiti artist Kalen Ockerman, known as Mear One.


Can you read Yiddish? Speakers sought for historical documents

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2012

Yiddish speakers are being sought in order to uncover some of the secrets of Jewish immigrants to London’s East End in the late 19th and early 20th century.

As they built lives in this country, they set up Yiddish newspapers and workers began to organise themselves in unions representing trades such as the garment industry.


David Cameron lays it on the line about Iran and Israel

By Jenni Frazer, October 18, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron pledged on Monday that “nothing — and I mean nothing — is off the table if Iran makes the wrong choice.”


Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks: single parents need help

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2012

Chief Rabbi Sacks has expressed concern about the divide between children from two-parent families and those who grow up without “the support and presence of their natural fathers”. He made his comments during a Lords debate about child development.


UK money pays for Palestinians jailed in Israel

By Sahar Zivan, October 18, 2012

A report by the watchdog, Palestinian Media Watch, has revealed that every month almost £3 million from the Palestinian Authority goes towards paying salaries to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. These salaries are drawn from the PA general budget, funded by international donors, among them the UK.


David Aaronovitch wins Comment award

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2012

David Aaronovitch has been named Commentariat of the Year at the annual Editorial Intelligence awards.

The Times columnist, who won the Orwell Prize for political journalism in 2001, was awatrded the prize at a ceremony on Wednesday evening.

He was shortlisted alongside his fellow Jewish Chronicle columnist Jonathan Freedland, who tweeted his congratulations.


Maureen Lipman blasts Jewish Mum TV series

By Sandy Rashty, October 18, 2012

Actress Maureen Lipman has attacked the “culture of humiliation on television” in reference to the Jewish Mum of the Year series currently being aired on Channel 4.

The Pianist star told the Telegraph: “It is very damaging, with antisemitism being what it is. Not to mention that being a Jewish mother is nothing like the way they portray it.”


Brighton Batsheva show cancelled to delight of Israel boycotters

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2012

A performance by an Israeli dance group in Brighton next month has been cancelled amid security concerns, in a decision that anti-Israel campaigners are hailing as a victory.