UK news

Israeli 'impotence cure' now used in Scotland

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 8, 2012

A revolutionary electric shock treatment developed by Israeli scientists to cure impotent men is available for the first time in the UK.

Edinburgh's private Spire Murrayfield Hospital is taking the medical breakthrough very seriously. It is the first UK hospital to offer the experimental treatment, which uses 300 low-intensity shockwaves to stimulate penile blood flow.


Baroness Deech warns of campus racism

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2012

Universities must not be complacent in tackling campus antisemitism, a government minister has warned.

Baroness Verma, the Business, Innovation and Skills spokeswoman in the House of Lords, said laws on the issue were clear and reinforced: "There is absolutely no place in our universities for racism, including antisemitism."

She was responding to Baroness Deech, who asked the government to c


Son of non-Jewish Haganah volunteer seeks answers

By Jessica Elgot, March 8, 2012

A son is trying to track down the final clues as to what led his non-Jewish father to volunteer and fight in the Haganah - and what he did during his service.

John Winton, a former police officer, said he was hoping to piece together his father Peter Samuel Winton's time in 1948 with the Haganah, which became the Israel Defence Force after the creation of the state of Israel.

Mr Winton, who


Five Jewish women on prestigious book prize longlist

By Gerald Jacobs, March 8, 2012

Octogenarian author Cynthia Ozick is one of five American Jewish writers on this year's Orange Prize longlist, announced this week.


Jewish educator wins award

By Jessica Elgot, March 8, 2012

The educator who first instigated the creation of JCoSS is the first British woman to win a prestigious prize, honouring Jewish education in the diaspora.

The Director of Research, Evaluation and Living Bridge programmes at UJIA Dr Helena Miller will received the Max Fisher Prize from the LA Pincus Fund, at a ceremony in Jerusalem in May, the third British educator to win the award.

A former


Hague rebuts 'Arabist' accusation

By Martin Bright, March 8, 2012

Foreign Secretary William Hague has reacted with fury to the suggestion that he has been taken hostage by Arabist Foreign Office mandarins.

Mr Hague turned on backbencher Douglas Carswell at a private meeting of more than 30 pro-Israel Conservative MPs last week, describing his concerns about the Foreign Office as "claptrap".


London's biggest synagogue 'for sale'

By Simon Rocker, March 8, 2012

Members of Finchley Synagogue may have been shocked to see emails and notices posted yesterday to announce their building was up for sale.

The fastest-growing congregation in the United Synagogue would be the last anyone would imagine be on the move.


Jewish York heritage app

By Jennifer Lipman, March 8, 2012

The story of the massacre of York's medieval Jewish community and much more will be easily accessible to tourists for the first time, thanks to the work of historian Professor Helen Weinstein.

Prof Weinstein, director of York University's Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past, has helped bring to fruition a downloadable app that takes visitors on a journey through the city's Jewish


Auschwitz files may have been destroyed

By Martin Bright, March 8, 2012

Crucial documents, including letters from British soldiers alerting the War Office to the Holocaust, may have been destroyed in the chaos at the end of hostilities.

These records are believed to have included coded messages from Sergeant-Major Charles Coward, the head of the British prisoner of war camp at Auschwitz about what he witnessed there.


Cameron losing patience with Iran

By Martin Bright, March 8, 2012

Has David Cameron had his "45-minute" moment, after warning on Tuesday that Iran's nuclear programme was a threat beyond the Middle East?