UK news

Trade union group asked to send delegation to Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, August 30, 2012

Delegates at the Trades Union Congress will push for an official delegation of British trade unionists to visit Gaza.

Only one motion on Israel and the Palestinians has been tabled for the four-day congress, which begins in Brighton on September 9.


Fear that Co-op boycott could spread further

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 30, 2012

An Israel boycott by the Co-operative supermarket could deepen if a key pro-Palestinian campaigner wins her election bid today (Friday) to become a company official.

Pia Feig, 59, was behind the boycott of Israeli professor Moti Cristal, whose ban at a Manchester NHS conference as an Israeli is currently being challenged by legal action.


Next chief rabbi will face 'Jeremy Paxman' grilling

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2012

Candidates to become the next chief rabbi will face a "Paxman-style" grilling as the next round of interviews gets under way to succeed Lord Sacks next autumn.

A United Synagogue source said there were some "great candidates" but declined to give further details as members of the selection committee have signed confidentiality pledges to protect the identity of applicants.


Guttmann honoured as Paralympic flame returns to Stoke Mandeville

By Jennifer Lipman, August 29, 2012

Tributes were paid to the Jewish doctor who founded the Paralympics as the flame was brought to the hospital where it all began.

Sixty four years after Sir Ludwig Guttmann organised the first games for disabled patients at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, the Paralympic Games have returned to London.


Israeli storyteller wins prize at Edinburgh Festival

By Jennifer Lipman, August 28, 2012

An Israeli performer triumphed in an international storytelling contest held as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – despite having no experience in the genre.


Man charged over Twitter abuse of Ben Haim

By JC Reporter, August 27, 2012

A man has been charged over an abusive Twitter message sent to former Portsmouth defender Tal Ben Haim.

The tweet was sent to the Israeli footballer earlier this month. Its exact contents are not available, but it reportedly has racist content.


Board demands meeting with South Africa envoy after Israel boycott move

By Simon Rocker, August 24, 2012

The Board of Deputies has requested an urgent meeting with the South African High Commissioner in London after his country’s decision to relabel Israeli settlement goods as originating in occupied territory.

A spokesman for the Board said it was “troubled” by the labelling move which has outraged South African Jewry and Israel.


Baptism of Jewish child: her grandfather speaks out

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2012

The paternal grandfather of a Jewish 10-year-old who was given a judge's permission to be baptised has spoken for the first time to reveal his family's sorrow and criticise the judge for the decision.

Judge John Platt told the child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, that she should be "baptised... as soon as your minister feels you are ready".


Anti-Israel activists guilty of arms factory trespass

By Marcus Dysch, August 24, 2012

Two anti-Israel activists have been found guilty of trespassing at an arms factory.

Jessica Nero and Gavin Pidwell blocked the gates at the EDO MBM plant, claiming they were protesting against the firm’s production of weapons systems supplied to Israel.


Jewish graves may be dug up and remains bulldozed

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 23, 2012

The human remains of a prestigious British Jewish dynasty risk being dug up after their graves have been levelled by a bulldozer, unless a last remaining family heiress and the Jewish community can win their claim to the land by Friday.