UK news

Duggan family asks for answers to death

December 2, 2010

The family of a Jewish student who died in Germany under suspicious circumstances seven years ago are demanding answers now that his inquest has been indefinitely adjourned.

Jeremiah Duggan, from Golders Green, north west London, was found dead, aged 22, on a highway near Wiesbaden, Germany, in March 2003, while attending a youth event organised by the far-right LaRouche group.


That's your lot! Christie's drop 'hate' cartoon

By Leon Symons, December 2, 2010

Top auctioneer Christie's has withdrawn a cartoon from a sale due to be held next week after a complaint that its inclusion might break race and religious hatred laws.

The auction house sought guidance from Scotland Yard's arts and antiques squad after a complaint by a Jewish amateur antiques dealer. Christie's asked if the cartoon, Dumped in London, would breach race hate laws.


Fears expressed on daylight saving bill

By Jessica Elgot, December 2, 2010

MPs will debate the Daylight Savings Bill today (Friday) which opponents warn could prevent people from attending morning services - especially in the north of England and Scotland.

Opponents say having an extra hour's darkness in winter mornings, to give an extra hour's daylight in the evening, will make it impossible to recite the morning prayers with a minyan before having to leave for work.

In winter, the earliest time for morning prayers is around seven am, but if the changes are made, it would mean eight o'clock in London and not until nine o'clock in the north.


Asbo pensioner promises he'll behave

By Robyn Rosen, December 2, 2010

A 72-year-old sheltered accommodation resident who was given an antisocial behaviour order (Asbo) six months ago has won his legal battle to have it revoked.

John Godfrey, a resident of Daniel Court in Colindale, north west London, was given the order in May after the Jewish Community Housing Association accused him of "threatening violence" towards staff.

Mr Godfrey, a retired Merchant Navy officer, clashed with staff over conditions in his housing block and in February, the police were called after he personally removed locks from windows when his request to do so was refused.


Scottish Friends of Palestine take on referees

By Robyn Rosen, December 2, 2010

The Scottish Friends of Palestine have complained to European football's governing body over its "failure to address the actions of Israel against Palestine", after two Israeli referees stepped in during a strike.

Referees from Portugal, Malta, Luxembourg and Israel were drafted in to officiate at 11 Scottish matches last weekend after Scots referees refused.

Israel's Meir Levy refereed Hamilton's game against St Mirren along with two Israeli assistants. Another Israeli team, led by Eli Hacmon, officiated in Kilmarnock's game against Aberdeen.


Mick Davis is 'using our opponents' language'

December 2, 2010

Ron Prosor, Israel's ambassador to the UK, this week struck back at UJIA chairman Mick Davis over his outspoken comments on Israel, accusing him of using language "straight from our opponents' lexicon", calling much of his criticism "unwarranted" and urging British Jews to take greater pride in the country.

In an article in today's JC, Mr Prosor sprang to the defence of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accused by the UJIA leader of lacking the courage to advance the peace process.


Reform chief to leave for social action job

By Simon Rocker, December 2, 2010

The Reform movement’s leadership succession plans have been derailed by the decision of Rabbi Shoshaha Boyd Gelfand, the designated chief executive, to leave for a new job outside the organisation.

Rabbi Boyd Gelfand, the current executive director, was due to take over the professional reins of the organisation from Rabbi Tony Bayfield, who retires as head of movement at the end of the year.

But she has instead chosen to become the new director of JHub, the centre for Jewish social action enterprise and innovation.


London's hub of Israel hate

By Martin Bright, December 2, 2010

The UK has become the centre of a systematic assault on Israel’s right to exist that unites Middle East resistance networks with allies on the liberal-left in Europe, according to a new report by an influential Israeli think tank.


UJS vote Daniel Grabiner as new president

By Jennifer Lipman, December 2, 2010

Daniel Grabiner has been elected as the new president of the Union of Jewish Students.

The 21-year-old, who ran on the slogan “Grabiner - Making UJS current”, won by 258 votes to 90. Students from more than 30 campuses took part in a nationwide election roadshow.

The Leeds University Economics and Politics student will take over from current president Alex Dwek in July.

Mr Grabiner said he was “elated and still in shock” at his win.

“I’ve been thinking about this for so long – I can’t believe it’s actually happening.”


Ed Miliband: Happy Chanucah from one Jew to another

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2010

The first Jewish leader of the Labour party has wished British Jewry a Happy Chanucah “from my family to yours”.

Ed Miliband said that Chanucah was a special time and an opportunity to celebrate the values of Judaism “dedication, justice, compassion and humility”.

He added: “The festival of lights is a chance to gather with friends and family, in homes and in synagogues, around the candles of the menorah.

“It is a time to reflect on the potential for hope and resilience to triumph over fear.”