UK news

Silence at 3,000 feet as easyJet passengers remember Munich

By Jennifer Lipman, Zoe Winograd, Marcus Dysch, August 2, 2012

Passengers on a flight to Tel Aviv were asked to observe a minute’s silence as they flew over Munich.
The captain of the easyJet plane made the announcement over the intercom on Friday, telling holidaymakers it was in memory of the Israeli athletes murdered in the 1972 Olympics.


Newcastle Rep Council breaks off relations with Bishop

By Simon Rocker, August 2, 2012

Newcastle Jewry’s representative body is breaking off links with the local Anglican bishop because of his scheduled participation in an event that will discuss boycotting Israel.


Aaron Biber, survivor of the Tottenham riots, helps youth

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2012

Sitting in his barber’s chair, holding a Japanese newspaper with his photo on it, Aaron Biber reflected on the mayhem of the past 12 months.

In the year since rioters wrecked his Tottenham shop, smashing the windows and damaging the inside, as well as stealing his kettle and hairdryer, Mr Biber has become something of a local celebrity.


Thousands join debate on dangers of internet

By Marcus Dysch, August 2, 2012

A conference to discuss steering young strictly Orthodox Jews away from online dangers is expected to attract up to 6,000 people.


Threats over Edinburgh Fringe show

By Marcus Dysch, August 2, 2012

The promoter of a controversial Edinburgh Fringe show about Palestinians says that he has received death threats from angry supporters of Israel.

I ♥ Hamas – and other things I’m afraid to tell you, is a satirical stand-up performance by American actress, writer and comedian Jennifer Jajeh.


Federer shocked by Israeli pair at London 2012 tennis

By James Masters, August 1, 2012

Israel pair Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich produced a stunning fightback to shock defending Olympic champions Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka in the men’s doubles.

The Swiss stars, who won gold in Beijing four years ago, had been expected to cruise through the second round tie after taking the first set 6-1 in just 28 minutes.


Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga cheer for Aly Raisman after gold medal win

By Jennifer Lipman, August 1, 2012

For teenage gymnast Aly Raisman and her US teammates, winning gold made for a day they would never forget – and the excitement didn't end there.

After the quartet won the medal on Tuesday evening, they found themselves being congratulated by some well-known figures in the entertainment world.


Hava Nagila gymnast Aly Raisman helps team USA win gold at London 2012

By Jennifer Lipman, July 31, 2012

American Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman has helped propel her team to a gold medal at London 2012.

The 18-year-old from Massachusetts, who performed her floor routine to the tune Hava Nagila, appeared last in the US line up in the team competition.

As she left the floor, bringing her team its first win outside of US soil, she appeared to be holding back tears of joy.


SFO at fault over warrants used in Tchenguiz arrests

By Jennifer Lipman, July 31, 2012

The High Court has ruled that the warrants used by the Serious Fraud Office to search the property of two Iranian Jewish entrepreneurs were unlawfully obtained.

Brothers Vincent and Robert Tchenguiz were arrested in a dawn raid in March 2011 in connection with the SFO's investigation into the collapse of Icelandic banking giant Kaupthing.


Romney upsets Palestinians with Jerusalem embassy remark

By Jennifer Lipman, July 30, 2012

Mitt Romney has angered Palestinians with his hint that he will recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital should he win November's presidential election.