UK news

EDL Jewish division leader Roberta Moore quits

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2011

The hardline activist at the forefront of the "Jewish Division" of the extreme right-wing English Defence League has announced that she does not wish to be a part of it any longer because of Nazi elements within it.

Roberta Moore, who has led the Jewish Division since it was launched more than a year ago, was accused earlier this month of being a divisive figure in the EDL.


Hari defends himself over Levy interview storm

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2011

The award-winning Independent journalist Johann Hari has defended himself over criticism for repeating quotes from a Haaretz comment piece. He did so in an interview with the Israeli writer Gideon Levy.


Theresa May: Salah detained before Commons talk

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2011

An Islamic leader who has been described as having a "history of virulent antisemitism" has been detained by the UK Border Agency and is to be deported ahead of a planned speech at the House of Commons.


MP opens new parent-promoted Jewish school

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2011

JCoSS, the UK's first cross-communal Jewish secondary school has been officially opened by the undersecretary of state for children, Tim Loughton MP.

More than 200 people marked the opening of the voluntary-aided, co-educational school in Barnet, including former Schools Secretary Ed Balls, JCoSS president Gerald Ronson and headteacher Jeremy Stowe-Lindner.


'Antisemitic' speaker talks in London before Commons event

By Robyn Rosen, June 28, 2011

Confusion surrounds the movements of an Islamic leader who spoke at a London event despite an apparent ban from entering the country.

Raed Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, addressed an audience at Conway Hall last night about the Arab Spring’s effect on Palestinians.


'Gay Girl in Damascus' blogger accused of second hoax

By Jennifer Lipman, June 27, 2011

A married male blogger who posed as a lesbian writing from Damascus in order to criticise Israel is alleged to have used a second false account to defend his behaviour.

Tom MacMaster made headlines around the world with his site "A Gay Girl in Damascus", which included comments about shooting Jews and Christians and used rumours "to inflame views of Israel".


Glenda Jackson will not fight 2015 election

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011

Glenda Jackson has announced that she is to retire from politics before the next election.

The MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, who was re-elected in May 2010 with just 42 votes, said she would be too old to stand again in 2015.

She told the Hampstead and Highgate Express: "I will not be putting myself forward for re-election in 2015. I will be nearly 80."


Calls for Hamas to free Shalit after five years

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011

Human rights groups and Jewish organisations have reiterated calls for Hamas to release an Israeli soldier kidnapped five years ago.


Historic Haggadah discovered

By Marcus Dysch, June 24, 2011

A rare Haggadah published for a 19th century Jewish Indian community has been discovered in Manchester.

The 137-year-old leather-bound book is thought to be the only one of its kind in Britain. It was bought by historian Yaakov Wise at a garage sale in Salford. He is now researching its history.


Flotilla veteran to return

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 24, 2011

A Gaza flotilla activist and former senior manager at Oldham Council has said she will make a humanitarian trip to Gaza even if this month's sea-bound mission is cancelled.

Paveen Yaqub from Manchester is determined to repeat the trip she made last year.

A second voyage for the Mavi Marmara has already been halted after the Turkish Islamic charity IHH pulled out last Friday.