UK news

Board of Deputies anger as South Africa labels Israel 'occupier' state

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2012

The Board of Deputies has requested an urgent meeting with the South African High Commissioner in London after his country’s decision to relabel Israeli settlement goods as originating in occupied territory.

A spokesman for the Board said it was “troubled” by the labelling move, which has outraged South African Jewry and Israel.


Anti-Israel protesters guilty of trespassing

By Marcus Dysch, August 30, 2012

Two anti-Israel activists have been found guilty of trespassing at a Brighton arms factory.

In April 2011 Jessica Nero and Gavin Pidwell blocked the gates at the EDO MBM plant, claiming they were protesting against the firm’s production of weapons systems supplied to Israel.

The pair are members of the Smash EDO group, whose activists have repeatedly caused disruption at the factory.


Tal Ben Haim tweet man to go to court

By Sandy Rashty, August 30, 2012

A MAN is to appear in court over an abusive message he is alleged to have sent to the Israeli footballer, Tal Ben Haim.

Matthew Smith, 33, of Andover, Hampshire, allegedly sent a Twitter message to the former Portsmouth Football Club defender on August 6.

The statement has since been removed from the social networking site but will be considered in court, a CPS spokesperson confirmed.


A life-changing app experience

By Anna Sheinman, August 30, 2012

Joan Rose of Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, may be 92 but she knows what she likes.

And what she likes is the newly-launched JC app.

Mrs Rose and her husband Philip, 89, married 64 years ago, are avid readers of the JC, and now make full use of the new app on their iPads.


Jessie Ware targeted by Twitter antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, August 30, 2012

Singer-songwriter Jessie Ware has received antisemitic abuse on Twitter. The offensive message was sent to the 26-year-old in the early hours of Saturday morning after she performed live on Channel 4.

Ms Ware had sent a tweet to her 28,000 followers on the social networking site praising DJ A-Trak— real name Alain Macklovitch — who is also Jewish and also performed on the show.


West London ‘theft’ case collapses in court

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2012

The case against a woman accused of stealing tens of thousands of pounds from one of the country’s largest synagogues has collapsed after the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to pursue it.

The former accountant of West London Synagogue, Anne Allen, had been due to stand trial at the Old Bailey on Wednesday after a two-year investigation.


Trade union group asked to send delegation to Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, August 30, 2012

Delegates at the Trades Union Congress will push for an official delegation of British trade unionists to visit Gaza.

Only one motion on Israel and the Palestinians has been tabled for the four-day congress, which begins in Brighton on September 9.


Fear that Co-op boycott could spread further

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 30, 2012

An Israel boycott by the Co-operative supermarket could deepen if a key pro-Palestinian campaigner wins her election bid today (Friday) to become a company official.

Pia Feig, 59, was behind the boycott of Israeli professor Moti Cristal, whose ban at a Manchester NHS conference as an Israeli is currently being challenged by legal action.


Next chief rabbi will face 'Jeremy Paxman' grilling

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2012

Candidates to become the next chief rabbi will face a "Paxman-style" grilling as the next round of interviews gets under way to succeed Lord Sacks next autumn.

A United Synagogue source said there were some "great candidates" but declined to give further details as members of the selection committee have signed confidentiality pledges to protect the identity of applicants.


Guttmann honoured as Paralympic flame returns to Stoke Mandeville

By Jennifer Lipman, August 29, 2012

Tributes were paid to the Jewish doctor who founded the Paralympics as the flame was brought to the hospital where it all began.

Sixty four years after Sir Ludwig Guttmann organised the first games for disabled patients at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, the Paralympic Games have returned to London.