UK news

Shadow Cabinet trio to go to Israel next week

By Anna Sheinman, October 4, 2012

Labour leader Ed Miliband, fresh from his triumphant keynote speech at the party conference, told the Labour Friends of Israel reception on Tuesday night: “We must have zero tolerance for those people who question the right of Israel to exist”.


Something shifting in political climate

By Martin Bright, October 4, 2012

Could Ed Miliband be the first Jewish prime minister since Benjamin Disraeli? He certainly improved his chances with this year’s party conference speech in which he invoked the spirit of the father of One Nation Toryism.


Nurses of Bergen Belsen survivors recognised in research

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2012

The heroic efforts of nurses and other female aid workers in the immediate aftermath of the liberation of Bergen Belsen, including the aunt of broadcaster Esther Rantzen, have been highlighted in a new piece of research.


UK may support labelling West Bank products in the EU

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 4, 2012

The Israeli government is concerned that Britain is planning to support a move to have West Bank settlement products labelled in the European Union.

The EU-Israel trade agreement, signed in 2005, exempts Israeli goods from certain tariffs but not those that come from beyond the Green Line.


Crime wave prompted by gambling debt explosion

By Marcus Dysch, October 4, 2012

A spate of so-called “Jew-on-Jew” crimes has been linked to an explosion in gambling debts among the strictly Orthodox.

A 23-year-old north-west London Jewish man will stand trial next month after denying four charges of burgling a Jewish primary school in Golders Green.


Massive majority opposes Israel cultural boycott

By Marcus Dysch, September 28, 2012

An overwhelming majority of the British public opposes a cultural boycott of Israel.

New polling figures reveal fewer than one in five Brits believe that Israeli actors, dancers or musicians should not be welcome to perform here, and three-quarters can see no reason why British performers should not travel to Israel.


Art installation brings new life to Victorian cemetery

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2012

The “Jewish forefathers of Liverpool” have been remembered this week as part of an installation put up in a disused Victorian cemetery by a local Jewish artist.

It was last October that Robyn Woolston first displayed Shadow / Light /Reprise in Deane Road Cemetery, an Orthodox burial ground last used more than 80 years ago.


Labour's Douglas Alexander attacks Ken Livingstone over 'rich Jews' comments

By Marcus Dysch, September 28, 2012

Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary has attacked former London Mayor Ken Livingstone over his comments about Jewish voters.

Douglas Alexander said Mr Livingstone was “wrong” to suggest that “wealthy Jews” would not vote for him in the capital's mayoral election earlier this year.


Israeli theatre plans legal action over British director's boycott

By Sandy Rashty, September 28, 2012

The Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv is considering legal action for breach of contract against the veteran British theatre director, Peter Brook, after he pulled out of its annual International Festival of Plays in December.

The Paris-based Mr Brook, 87, is director of Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, which was due to perform The Suit, a play set in apartheid South Africa, at the festival.


Husband fined in Scotland for calling his wife a 'greedy little Jewish princess'

By Sandy Rashty, September 28, 2012

A man from Scotland was fined £1,000 on Wednesday for calling his wife a “greedy little Jewish princess” in a deluded drunk-dial outburst on Christmas Eve last year.

Mark Symington, an investment broker, told his wife: “You’re just a silly little gold-digger [with] a few fur coats,” according to a report in the Daily Mail.