UK news

Looters hit Amy Winehouse's former home

By Sandy Rashty, November 1, 2012

Singer Amy Winehouse’s former home has reportedly been hit by looters who stole items worth more than £130,000.

Two iconic dresses, including the Back to Black-star’s wedding dress and a newsprint dress worn during a television appearance, were stolen from the property in Camden, north London, according to the Sun.


Call to label medicines made in Israel rejected

By Jennifer Lipman, October 30, 2012

The Department of Health has rebuffed calls for medicines produced in Israel and sold in this country to be labelled as such.

Colchester Liberal Democrat MP Sir Bob Russell this week asked if the Health Secretary would "introduce measures to ensure that any medicines available across the counter made in Israel are clearly marked as being a product of that country".


Foreign Office minister meets Palestinian chief negotiator

By Sandy Rashty, October 29, 2012

Alistair Burt, the Foreign Office minister for the Middle East has emphasised “the urgent need to make progress towards a two state solution,” after a meeting with the Palestinians' chief negotiator, Dr Saeb Erekat, in London today.


Israeli students take part in Shakespeare festival

By Sahar Zivan, October 29, 2012

Nineteen students from the Ironi Aleph Arts and Drama High School of Tel Aviv have become the first foreign pupils to participate in the Shakespeare Schools Festival in the UK. The festival has run annually since 2000 and involves over 700 schools.


Adath burial society refuses to reveal grave of premature baby

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2012

A mother whose premature baby died at three days old has called on the strictly Orthodox Adath Burial Society to reveal where he is buried.

Last week was the sixth anniversary of his death and the woman, an Adath member in north London, hoped that she would finally be able to mark the date by visiting her son's grave.


Kosher ration packs launched for troops

By Marcus Dysch, October 26, 2012

Sausage casserole, chicken curry and sticky toffee pudding are part of a new range of kosher ration packs launched for Jews serving in the British armed forces.

The kosher menu has been produced by the Ministry of Defence in conjunction with the Jewish Armed Forces Committee and brings provisions in line with the regular fare on offer.


Bishops pull out of Holy Land meeting

By Simon Rocker, October 26, 2012

Two bishops have pulled out of a conference on the Holy Land to be held in Gateshead next month, after warnings that it would be biased against Israel.

The Anglican Bishop of Newcastle, Martin Wharton, and the Roman Catholic Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, Seamus Cunningham, withdrew after pleas from the Newcastle Jewish community, the Board of Deputies and the Council of Christians and Jews.


UCU and antisemitism: academic tribunal to start

October 26, 2012

A Jewish academic’s employment tribunal against the University and College Union is due to begin next week.

Ronnie Fraser threatened UCU with legal action last year following its rejection of the widely-accepted definition of antisemitism. His tribunal will begin in central London on Monday, and is expected to last two weeks.


Antisemitic abuse aimed at teen thieves

By Marcus Dysch, October 26, 2012

Two teenagers who broke into a synagogue have been released from a young offenders’ institute after winning an appeal against their original sentences.

David Gutweith, 18, and Uriel Broder, 19, were initially ordered to serve 16 weeks in a young offenders’ institute earlier this month after admitting taking part in a burglary at the Beth Shmuel Synagogue in Golders Green.


Respect activist: was Hitler the bad guy?

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2012

MP George Galloway has emphasised that his Respect Party “abhors and campaigns against racism” after being alerted to comments by a party officer questioning whether Adolf Hitler was “the bad guy”.

Naz Kahn, who last week was being praised on Facebook for her selection as a new woman’s officer for Respect, made the comments on the same site on September 30.