UK news

US under scrutiny as rabbis go to law

By Simon Rocker, March 24, 2011

A judge has expressed his "serious concerns" about the motives of the United Synagogue after the rabbi of Britain's largest Orthodox synagogue turned to the High Court to block what he believed is an attempt to oust him.

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Armed robbery at Edgware kosher deli

By Marcus Dysch, March 24, 2011

Staff at a kosher delicatessen were held up at gunpoint during an armed robbery this morning.

Police were called to Noshers Smoked Salmon Company in Edgware, north west London, at around 8.45am after two men threatened them with a handgun and demanded money.

Firearms officers arrived at the scene but the men had already fled empty-handed after staff refused to hand over cash.

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MP Louise Bagshawe attacks BBC bias for Fogel coverage ‘failures'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 24, 2011

A Conservative MP has demanded an explanation from the BBC for its “inexcusable” lack of coverage of the Fogel murders a fortnight ago and condemned the broadcaster for “exceptionally biased reporting” — and even antisemitism.

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UK minister: Hamas Purim attacks 'unacceptable'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2011

Britain’s Foreign Office minister for the Middle East has condemned Hamas for sending more than 50 mortars into Israel in just a few hours, and called on the terrorist organisation to immediately halt its behaviour.

Alistair Burt said that the barrage from the Gaza Strip – the heaviest in two years – by a group allied to Hamas was “unacceptable”.

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Bob Geldof to visit Israel, accept honorary degree

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2011

Musician and campaigner Bob Geldof is accepting an honorary degree from Ben Gurion University later this year.

The award from the university is being conferred in celebration of Mr Geldof's anti-poverty activism, including his organisation of the Live Aid and Live 8 concerts and his work with a range of charitable causes.

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'I felt like a Jew in Nazi Germany': SOAS Israel supporter

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2011

Members of the Israeli education organisation Stand With Us have said they felt "shaken and distressed" and like victims of the Nazis after a pro-Israel protester was bitten on the cheek at an Israel Apartheid Week event at SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies.

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Pro-Israel protester attacked at SOAS

By Jenni Frazer, March 20, 2011

A pro-Israel protester has been taken to hospital after being bitten on the cheek outside SOAS, the School of Oriental and African Studies, today. Police arrested two men on suspicion of affray. They have been bailed without charges for dates in April.

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Amateur jockey Waley-Cohen wins Gold Cup

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

In a stunning win, amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen has taken the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival with his horse Long Run.

He beat three former champions, Kauto Star, Denman and Imperial Commander, who were all in a line with half a mile left in the race. But Mr Waley-Cohen, who was 7-2 favourite to win, sneaked past to win the cup.

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Solomon loses ULU re-election bid

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

The former President of University of London Union Clare Solomon who said persecution of Jews was “fabricated” has lost her bid for re-election.

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'Light Shabbat candles in Fogels memory'

By Jessica Elgot, March 18, 2011

A Chabad woman from Birmingham has started a worldwide movement to get Jewish women to light Shabbat candles in memory of the murdered Fogel family in Itamar.

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