UK news

Muamba life-saving medics honoured

By Marcus Dysch, August 16, 2012

Two doctors who saved the life of footballer Fabrice Muamba have received a special award for their efforts.

Cardiologist Andrew Deaner and Bolton Wanderers’ club doctor Jonathan Tobin, a member of Mill Hill Synagogue, were among the first on the scene when the midfielder collapsed from a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match between Tottenham Hotspur and the Lancashire side in March.


Lord Sacks resigns from interfaith charity

By Marcus Dysch, August 16, 2012

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has resigned as patron of an interfaith charity after it circulated an anti-Israel campaign to members and encouraged them to lobby against the country.


Anger as anti-Israel video spoof claims Welsh Assembly backing

By Jennifer Lipman, August 16, 2012

Anti-Israel campaigners have been using the stamp of the Welsh Assembly to give legitimacy to an offensive video attack on Israel.

The video on the Swansea Telly online channel is narrated by “Paul”, who describes himself as an “allegedly unbiased reporter for the BBC Zionist network, reporting from Zionist Games at the Gaza Strip”.


El Al ‘bomber’ Nezar Hindawi could go free

By James Brewster, August 16, 2012

A terrorist jailed for 45 years for trying to blow up an Israeli plane could be freed to live in the UK if he succeeds in a High Court challenge to his continued detention.

Nezar Hindawi was jailed at the Old Bailey in 1986 after he was convicted of attempting to blow up an Israel-bound El Al airliner, carrying almost 400 people.


Former United Synagogue president dies

By Sandy Rashty, August 15, 2012

Tributes have been made to the former president of the United Synagogue, Sidney Frosh, who died on Monday.

Mr Frosh, who was 89, was an instrumental figure in moving orphaned children from the original Norwood orphanage to the heart of Jewish communities in North London in the 1970s.


Adolf Hitler in Blackpool golf course art show

By Anna Sheinman, August 14, 2012

Adolf Hitler is one of the controversial features of a new art show in Blackpool. The image of the Nazi leader, unveiled on Saturday, acts as part of a notional crazy golf course – when a player hits a shot on target, the figure says "No! No! No!" and raises its arm in a Nazi salute.


Israel boycotters turn attention to Edinburgh culture meeting

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2012

Anti-Israel campaigners have revealed plans to disrupt a meeting of international politicians due to discuss culture in Edinburgh this week.

The first International Culture Summit will be held in the Scottish capital on Monday and Tuesday, bringing together culture ministers from Olympic nation as well as scores of other figures from the arts world.


Jewish leadership tells Rogge: your presence is not enough

By Jenni Frazer, August 10, 2012

Mick Davis, chair of the UJIA and the Jewish Leadership Council, spoke on behalf of the community at the Guildhall ceremony to commemorate the Munich athletes. In unusually trenchant remarks, addressed directly to Jacques Rogge, the IOC president, he said: "We - British citizens, Israelis, Jews and all people of conscience – are here this evening to honour the memory of the victims.


Rabbis' rage after judge insists that a girl of 10 can convert

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2012

Rabbis have criticised a judge for ruling that a Jewish 10-year-old from Essex can convert to Christianity against the wishes of her mother and all four grandparents.


Conservative Friends of Israel attack envoy Matthew Gould

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2012

Parliament's biggest pro-Israel lobby group has attacked the British ambassador to the country after he claimed that public opinion was turning against Israel due to its policies on settlements and treatment of Palestinians.

Conservative Friends of Israel said Matthew Gould's remarks on anti-Israel sentiment in Britain and boycott campaigns were "unrepresentative of reality".