UK news

Obama's tribute to murdered athletes

By Jenni Frazer, August 9, 2012

America's ambasssador to the UK, Louis Susman, brought a message from President Obama to the Guildhall commemoration.


German Foreign Minister pledges solidarity with Israel

By Jenni Frazer, August 9, 2012

Germany’s Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, paid tribute at the Guildhall ceremony to the 11 murdered Israeli athletes and the German policeman, Anton Fliegerbauer, who died in the botched rescue attempt at the 1972 Munich Games.


Ludwig Guttmann - father of the Paralympic Games - is celebrated on film

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2012

The daughter of the founder of the Paralympics Games has expressed delight that the hosting of the Games in London has reminded people of her father’s legacy.

Ludwig Guttmann was a renowned neurologist in Germany but, in 1939, helped by the British Society for the Protection of Science and Learning, he fled to Oxford to escape the Nazis.


Father drowns in sea during mikveh ritual

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2012

Hundreds of people have mourned a strictly Orthodox community stalwart who drowned on holiday while using the sea as a mikveh.

Dov Berish Englander, from Stamford Hill, north London, got into difficulties after wading into the sea off Aberystwyth beach in Wales.


Mayor of London Boris Johnson urged to take down bus ‘hate’ ads

By Simon Rocker, August 9, 2012

London’s public transport authority has said it will review its advertising policy after protests against a poster campaign on buses promoting an anti-Israel event next Friday.


Fond farewell as feisty MP Louise Mensch leaves the UK

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2012

Louise Mensch has been wished well by colleagues and friends as she leaves the House of Commons to live in the US.

The Tory MP for Corby, who is not Jewish, has carved out a name for herself in her two years in parliament as a vocal supporter of Israel and Jewish causes.


Synagogue treasurer who fell to his death was 'severely anxious'

By Marcus Dysch and Tristan Kirk, August 9, 2012

A synagogue treasurer who died after falling from an office window had been struggling with severe mental health problems.

Jack Shemtob, who was 53, fell from the sixth floor of the Transport for London (TfL) offices where he worked in south-east London.


Guardian withdraws 'Tel Aviv is Israel's capital' claims

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2012

The Guardian has rowed back from its claim that Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel after a media-monitoring group threatened legal action.

The newspaper conceded that its style guide was wrong to state that “Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel; Tel Aviv is”.


Sacha Baron Cohen plans James Bond-style spoof

By Jennifer Lipman, August 8, 2012

The name's Baron Cohen, Sacha Baron Cohen.

The creator of Ali G and The Dictator has sold a spy comedy to Hollywood studio Paramount.


British bank accused of hiding billion-dollar Iran deals

By Orlando Radice, August 7, 2012

Standard Chartered may lose its licence to do business in the US after a report by New York regulators alleged that the British bank hid more than £160bn in illegal Iranian transactions.