UK news

Gaza flotilla Brits stopped at Israel airport

By Marcus Dysch, July 8, 2011

Eleven British pro-Palestinian activists have been detained at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport as Israeli authorities attempt to combat the so-called "flytilla".

Palestine Solidarity Campaign supporters left London on flights on Friday morning. One American was stopped from boarding a plane leaving Britain.


News of the World closure: A boost for Richard Desmond papers?

By Jennifer Lipman, July 8, 2011

The print runs of the Sunday editions of papers owned by media mogul Richard Desmond are expected to be increased this week as the last ever News of the World is published.

It was announced on Thursday that the News of the World would shut following allegations of phone hacking and corruption.


John Galliano tipped for Topshop collection

By Jennifer Lipman, July 8, 2011

The disgraced former Dior designer John Galliano could be joining forces with Jewish businessman Sir Philip Green.

According to Vogue UK, the pair discussed the possibility of collaborating for Sir Philips' Topshop brand while at Kate Moss' wedding last week.

The supermodel tied the knot wearing a dress designed by Mr Galliano.


Lord Sacks: Support Israel with ideas not PR

By Jennifer Lipman, July 8, 2011

The Chief Rabbi has called for the creation of a new think tank with a dream team of intellectuals including writers Amos Oz and David Grossman to develop an Israel advocacy, based on thought, not just public relations.


Ofcom: no second look at The Promise

By Simon Rocker, July 8, 2011

TV watchdog Ofcom has rejected a call to reconsider a complaint into The Promise, Channel 4's controversial drama on Israel.

Stephen Franklin, a member of the Zionist Federation, had accused the programme of being antisemitic, biased and likely to increase attacks on UK Jews.


Mr Loophole helps ex-City player with driving ban

By John Jeffay, July 7, 2011

A former Manchester City and Leyton Orient player is celebrating after successfully challenging a driving ban with the help of the lawyer Mr Loophole.

Barry Silkman, the East End born midfielder who was the last British Jew to play top flight football, was caught driving 17 miles above the speed limit two years ago.


Asbo for pensioner's Hitler rants

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

A pensioner who subjected her neighbours to "antisemitic" rants and jibes about Hitler for seven years has been given an interim antisocial behaviour order (Asbo)

Edna Beck's abuse included attacks on Muslims, Poles and Germans, while she became known for shouting "Heil Hitler", telling young people they were "Hitler's children" and making the Nazi salute.


Charles and Camilla wow the Board

By Jenni Frazer, July 7, 2011

The Prince of Wales paid a fulsome and affectionate tribute to Britain's Jewish community this week in a wide-ranging address to mark the 250th anniversary of the Board of Deputies.

Prince Charles, long established as a keen amateur historian, addressed a warmly responsive audience at Guildhall, sending shivers down the spines of some when he recalled that in Guildhall's Great Hall, where he wa


No inner city blues for happy inner city Jews

By Jessica Elgot, July 7, 2011

Synagogues in the heart of the UK's major cities could get a new lease of life as young Jews shun the suburbs in favour of city living.

New city centre apartments in Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham are making inner city living more attractive to Jewish professionals.


Four years for diamond tracker thief

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 7, 2011

Police have edged closer to catching high-tech robbers who have targeted Jewish jewellers in north Manchester after one victim helped officers target the criminal ring.