UK news

Gilad Atzmon’s idea of a joke: Anne Frank

By Sandy Rashty, October 18, 2012

The Frontline Club has insisted that no UK Jewish organisations asked it to cancel a screening of a film about the antisemitic Israeli musician, Gilad Atzmon.


Far-right British MEP resigns from BNP

By Sandy Rashty, October 16, 2012

Andrew Brons, the MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, has resigned from the British National Party (BNP).

Mr Brons, who led the National Front in the 1980s, resigned after a dispute with current BNP chairman and MEP, Nick Griffin.

Mr Brons, 68, said: “The current chairman of the rump BNP has described me in a text to his attack dogs as ‘vermin’.


Cameron: 'nothing off table if Iran makes wrong choice'

By Jenni Frazer, October 16, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron pledged on Monday that "nothing - and I mean nothing - is off the table if Iran makes the wrong choice."


Jimmy Savile plaque removed by Jewish welfare service

By Sandy Rashty, October 12, 2012

A memorial to Sir Jimmy Savile was removed from the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board (LJWB) building on Thursday morning.

The gold leaf plaque, on the LJWB’s honorary Tree of Life, was removed this week in the wake of the child sexual abuse allegations made against the dj and tv presenter.

An executive LJWB member was unavailable for comment.


Kaddish for hairdresser Vidal Sassoon at London memorial

By Jennifer Lipman, October 12, 2012

Friends and colleagues of Jewish hairdresser Vidal Sassoon paid tribute to him at a London memorial service following his death in May.


David Cameron will be UJIA’s guest

October 12, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron is to be the special guest of honour at next week’s United Joint Israel Appeal annual dinner, taking place in central London.

It will be his first face-to-face encounter with a large section of the Jewish community since his appearance at August’s Guildhall event to mark the 40th anniversary of the murdered Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.


An artist in love with the Holy Land

By Jennifer Lipman, October 12, 2012

Just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem lies a house built in the mid-1870s by a founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite movement.


Orthodox London rabbi reportedly told to leave town by rabbi

October 12, 2012

An Orthodox rabbi in London has reportedly been told to leave town by another rabbi after allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards a woman.

Rumours of a burgeoning scandal have gathered force over the past few days with a number of calls to the JC from members of the Orthodox community who want to see it investigated by the relevant rabbinic authority.


Steward loses unfair dismissal case against British Airways

By Marcus Dysch, October 12, 2012

A Jewish air steward sacked by British Airways for an alleged assault on a colleague has lost an unfair dismissal claim against the airline.

Jean-Paul Van der Velde told an employment tribunal that he had been the victim of antisemitic abuse, following a row in a New York bar as a BA flight crew discussed Nazis and the Holocaust.


Holocaust Educational Trust at Party fringe meetings

October 11, 2012

The Holocaust Educational Trust ran three fringe meetings at this year’s party conferences exploring the influence of the internet and social media on the Holocaust.

Recognising the problem of teaching the Holocaust as survivors die, the HET assembled three panels to discuss role models, fictional depictions of the Shoah, football, radio and television.