UK news

New push to strip Saif Gaddafi of his PhD

By Jessica Elgot, November 24, 2011

Campaigners have renewed demands for the London School of Economics to strip Saif al-Islam Gaddafi of his PhD, in the wake of his arrest in Libya.

Conservative MP Robert Halfon, who has campaigned for universities to reveal their links to the former Libyan regime, said it was now "vital the LSE comes clean about the relationship with Gaddafi."

He added: "Those LSE members who fêted Saif Gad

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Big Tent 'ban' not a ban, but a balance

By Simon Rocker, November 24, 2011

A prominent spokesman for Jewish settlers in the West Bank has complained of being excluded from Sunday's Big Tent for Israel conference in Manchester.

Yisrael Medad is a former emissary to the UK for the right-wing Betar youth movement, who now lives in the settlement of Shiloh.

On his blog My Right Word, Mr Medad questioned the apparent lack of any settler representative at the advocacy ev

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Two new women rock Jewish music and art worlds

November 24, 2011

Sophie Solomon, the Oxford University-educated violinist who helped make klezmer cool in the UK, is to be the new director of the Jewish Music Institute.

A founder member of Jewish roots band Oi Va Voi, Ms Solomon, 32, will succeed Geraldine Auerbach, who steps down next year as founding director after 28 years.

Mrs Auerbach said: "We could not have dreamed up a more excellent person to tak

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Brits funding Israeli Olympic bid

By Jessica Elgot, November 24, 2011

A coalition of British and international multi-millionaires have pledged financial support to the Israeli Olympic team, hoping success at the 2012 London Games will enhance the country's image.

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More calls for Gilad Atzmon concert ban

By Simon Rocker, November 24, 2011

The organisers of a political song festival in Bradford have defied mounting local pressure to cancel a concert tonight by the Israeli jazz musician and self-proclaimed "self-hating Jew", Gilad Atzmon.

There have been growing calls to withdraw the invitation from the city's Trade Union Council, the anti-racist organisation Hope Not Hate and MPs.

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Mikvah's reprieve

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 24, 2011

A new luxury mikvah complex has been saved from being partial demolished after a planning row with angry neighbours.

The Machzikei Hadass mikvah in Salford, a £300,000 development, was completed in 2009 with four ritual pools and 19 luxury bathrooms, each with a personal music station.

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Islamophobia group relaunched

By Martin Bright, November 24, 2011

A parliamentary group to tackle Islamophobia has been re-launched at Westminster, with the support of MPs from across the political divide.

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'Boost aliyah to balance Arab growth'

By Simon Rocker, November 24, 2011

Aliyah from the UK, after slumping to barely above 300 in 2003, has been steadily rising throughout the decade and is set to exceed 800 for a second successive year in 2011.

But it is still not high enough, says the chairman of the World Zionist Organisation, Avraham Duvdevani.

The veteran Zionist was visiting London over the weekend to launch a new WZO project to encourage more immigration

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Israeli teens came to educate - but got a lesson they didn't expect

November 24, 2011

Teenagers visiting Britain to promote Israel's cause in schools found themselves in the firing line when a teacher launched a verbal attack on them in front of stunned pupils.

Yishai Binnes, 18, and three friends got more than they bargained for shortly after stepping off the plane and arriving at an East London school with a high Muslim population.

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Orthodox feud goes to court

By Simon Rocker, November 24, 2011

A High Court case opened on Wednesday involving a bitter feud between members of a London Orthodox family over the assets of a once flourishing property enterprise.

Joseph Ackerman is taking action against his sister-in-law Naomi Ackerman, and her son Barry Ackerman.

Joseph and his brother Jack built up a successful property business and a charity, Delapage, to aid Orthodox Jewish education

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