UK news

Lord Sacks: Support Israel with ideas not PR

By Jennifer Lipman, July 8, 2011

The Chief Rabbi has called for the creation of a new think tank with a dream team of intellectuals including writers Amos Oz and David Grossman to develop an Israel advocacy, based on thought, not just public relations.


Ofcom: no second look at The Promise

By Simon Rocker, July 8, 2011

TV watchdog Ofcom has rejected a call to reconsider a complaint into The Promise, Channel 4's controversial drama on Israel.

Stephen Franklin, a member of the Zionist Federation, had accused the programme of being antisemitic, biased and likely to increase attacks on UK Jews.


Mr Loophole helps ex-City player with driving ban

By John Jeffay, July 7, 2011

A former Manchester City and Leyton Orient player is celebrating after successfully challenging a driving ban with the help of the lawyer Mr Loophole.

Barry Silkman, the East End born midfielder who was the last British Jew to play top flight football, was caught driving 17 miles above the speed limit two years ago.


Asbo for pensioner's Hitler rants

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

A pensioner who subjected her neighbours to "antisemitic" rants and jibes about Hitler for seven years has been given an interim antisocial behaviour order (Asbo)

Edna Beck's abuse included attacks on Muslims, Poles and Germans, while she became known for shouting "Heil Hitler", telling young people they were "Hitler's children" and making the Nazi salute.


Charles and Camilla wow the Board

By Jenni Frazer, July 7, 2011

The Prince of Wales paid a fulsome and affectionate tribute to Britain's Jewish community this week in a wide-ranging address to mark the 250th anniversary of the Board of Deputies.

Prince Charles, long established as a keen amateur historian, addressed a warmly responsive audience at Guildhall, sending shivers down the spines of some when he recalled that in Guildhall's Great Hall, where he wa


No inner city blues for happy inner city Jews

By Jessica Elgot, July 7, 2011

Synagogues in the heart of the UK's major cities could get a new lease of life as young Jews shun the suburbs in favour of city living.

New city centre apartments in Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham are making inner city living more attractive to Jewish professionals.


Four years for diamond tracker thief

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 7, 2011

Police have edged closer to catching high-tech robbers who have targeted Jewish jewellers in north Manchester after one victim helped officers target the criminal ring.


Co-accused in Stamford Hill death to face retrial

July 7, 2011

A pub cleaner accused of leaving a Stamford Hill pensioner to die after allegedly binding and gagging her is to be retried after a jury could not reach a verdict.

Eveline Kelmenson, 83, died a "slow death" of hypothermia and lay undiscovered for five weeks before she was found by relatives on New Year's Day 2009, her decomposed body still bound to a chair in her bedroom.

Kuba Dlugosz, a 33-y


Methodists and Jews repair rifts

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2011

Methodist Church members took part in a mock Seder this week as efforts continued to repair relations between the church and the Jewish community.

A year after Methodists passed a policy calling for a boycott of goods from "illegal" Israeli West Bank settlements, relations thawed sufficiently for more than 100 Methodist conference delegates to join the event.

There has been "clear movement i


The schooolboy fooling Penn and Teller

By Candice Krieger, July 7, 2011

Fooling two of the world's most renowned illusionists with a magic trick is no easy feat. But 14-year-old budding magician Daniel Kramer intends to do just that when he appears on new prime-time ITV1 television show Penn & Teller: Fool Us, tomorrow night (July 9).