UK news

'Culturally acceptable racism' at Dale Farm

By Jessica Elgot, September 8, 2011

Jewish activists have urged the community to support Travellers and Gypsies' rights to stay on the controversial Essex site, Dale Farm.

Basildon Council's planned eviction of the Travellers and Gypsies from the site will cost around £18m.


Soloist suspended after Israel 'rant'

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2011

A London Philharmonic Orchestra violinist has been suspended after she launched an anti-Israel tirade at a question and answer session.

The incident came shortly before the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's repeatedly disrupted performance at the Royal Albert Hall last Thursday.


Get your camera out and snap a photo opportunity

September 8, 2011

The JC, in association with the Richard Young Gallery, is launching its first Young Photographers Competition, aimed at people aged 30 and under.

Aspirant photographers, amateur or professional, are invited to submit a picture on the theme of modern Jewish Britain.


TUC motion to sever all Israel ties

By Martin Bright, September 8, 2011

Next week's Trades Union Congress will debate withdrawing all co-operation with Israeli organisations, including the giant Israeli trade union the Histadrut.

The unprecedented proposal is the subject of an amendment by the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), to a motion on the Middle East by super-union Unite.

The move would break a link between the British trade unions and the Hista


Alistair Burt to take charge of Britain's position at the UN

By Martin Bright, September 8, 2011

Jewish community leaders will meet Middle East Minister Alistair Burt next week to discuss Britain's stance on the possible unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood at the United Nations.

A spokesman for the Board of Deputies said: "A unilateral declaration of statehood will do nothing to alter the situation on the ground for ordinary Palestinians.


WikiLeaks exposes rabbi's Iran talks

By Jenni Frazer, September 8, 2011

A London rabbi spoke this week of his deep regret that his secret negotiations with the Iranian regime had been published by WikiLeaks.

For the past 16 years, Rabbi Herschel Gluck of Stoke Newington has been involved in back-channel shuttle diplomacy with a variety of governments on a plethora of subjects, not always on specifically Jewish issues.


US audiences to be served Friday Night Dinner

By Jennifer Lipman, September 8, 2011

The British sitcom about a Jewish family's Friday night meal is to be remade for a US audience.

Friday Night Dinner, which aired earlier this year on Channel 4, followed the ups and downs of Shabbat with the eccentric Goodman family.


Jewish women in battle for Strictly title

By Jessica Elgot, September 7, 2011

The BBC drew accusations of ageism and sexism when it fired Jewish choreographer as a judge Arlene Phillips on its popular show Strictly Come Dancing.

The choreographer, 66, was dropped by the BBC show in favour of 30-year-old singer Alesha Dixon.


Philanthropist Dan David dies at the age of 82

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2011

A prominent Jewish philanthropist who created a prize to support high achievers in the arts and sciences has died at the age of 82.

Dan David was born in Romania but left and made aliyah in the 1960s because his Zionist activities put him at odds with the communist government.


September 11 sculpture unveiled in Battersea Park

By Jessica Elgot, September 6, 2011

A Jewish life insurance salesman has spent two years establishing an art work dedicated to the 9/11 terrorist attack victims, which has now been unveiled in London's Battersea Park.