UK news

Jewish group: Church Synod Israel vote 'inflammatory'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 10, 2012

The representative organisation of British Jewry has condemned the Church of England's General Synod for choosing to "promote an inflammatory and partisan programme at the expense of its interfaith relations".


Board of Deputies statement on the Synod EAPPI vote

July 10, 2012

"The UK Jewish community is dismayed by the decision of the Church of England's General Synod to pass a motion endorsing the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).


Church Synod vote in support of EAPPI motion

By Jenni Frazer, July 9, 2012

Backers of a resolution calling for support of a West Bank volunteer programme have scored an overwhelming victory at the General Synod of the Church of England.


Terror trial wife: 'I'm not evil'

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 6, 2012

The woman accused of planning to blowing up Jews in Manchester has told the court "I'm not evil", and said she honestly did not know her husband was planning acts of terrorism.


Labour MP: Cameron should back Munich silence as Euros marked Holocaust

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2012

A former Labour minister has written to the Prime Minister calling for him to back a minute's silence at the London Olympics in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes murdered in Munich 40 years ago.


Lord Coe to hold 'personal' memorial to Israeli Olympic victims

By Jessica Elgot, July 5, 2012

Lord Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games, has said he will hold a "personal" memorial for Israeli athletes killed at the Munich 1972 Games during the opening ceremony in London.

He told staff at the capital's City Hall that he would mark the anniversary during a "personal moment". It is not clear how Lord Coe intends to do this.


Chief Rabbi protests to Germany over circumcision ruling

By Simon Rocker, July 5, 2012

The Chief Rabbi has protested to the German Ambassador in London over the Cologne court ruling on circumcision.

In a letter to Georg Boomgaarden, Lord Sacks wrote of his “shock and dismay” at the decision, which would “render the Jewish practice of circumcision illegal and those who perform it liable to imprisonment.


Lords honour Paralympic pioneer Ludwig Guttman

By Jessica Elgot, July 5, 2012

A German-Jewish refugee who went on to found the Paralympics was celebrated at the House of Lords this week, with Paralympian medallists gathering to pay tribute.

Sir Ludwig Guttman was a pioneering neuroscientist who established the Stoke Mandeville games at the spinal injuries unit he founded, which went on to become the Paralympic Games.


Olympic family goes extra mile for 2012

By Jessica Elgot, July 5, 2012

Five relatives are all playing their part in the "Olympic family" over the coming weeks, volunteering in different roles at the Games, from making props, to giving massages, escorting officials and directing tourists.