UK news

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.


Cameron: we must remember Munich, a sickening act of terrorism

By Jenni Frazer, August 7, 2012

Prime Minister David Cameron spoke to the Guildhall audience at a private reception before the main ceremony.

He said: "This evening we mark the 40th anniversary of one of the darkest days in the history of the Olympic Games. A sickening act of terrorism that betrayed everything the Olympic movement stands for and everything that we in Britain believe in.


Munich massacre widows attack Rogge for silence ban

By Jenni Frazer, August 7, 2012

Two of the Munich massacre widows, Ankie Spitzer and Ilana Romano, made a bitter personal attack on the International Olympics Committee president, Jacques Rogge, at the official Guildhall ceremony to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1972 murders of 11 Israeli athletes.


Louise Mensch resigns as MP for family reasons

By Jennifer Lipman, August 6, 2012

One of the most vocal supporters of Israel in parliament has resigned to move to the United States.

Louise Mensch, the Corby MP, is not Jewish but has a strong connection with the community dating back to time as a student in Oxford, when she joined Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's Chabad L'Chaim Society.


Jewish girl can be baptised despite mother's wishes

By Jennifer Lipman, August 3, 2012

A ten-year-old child in Essex has been given permission by a judge to convert to Christianity against her Jewish mother's wishes.

Both parents of the girl, who cannot be named, are Jewish. But after the marriage soured, her father converted to Christianity and his children, the girl and a younger brother, could now do the same.


Strictly Orthodox man drowns on holiday

August 2, 2012

A member of London's strictly Orthodox community has drowned while on holiday in Wales.

It is understood that the man, from Stamford Hill, north London, got into difficulties in the sea off Aberystwyth beach on Thursday morning.

Named locally as Dov Berish Englander, the 47-year-old company director was using the sea for his daily ritual immersion as a substitute for the mikveh.


London Olympics: Bombay boxers and Hebrew basketball players

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2012

Next to the JC's report of French Jewish athlete Micheline Ostermeyer's successes in the 1948 Games, there was a "missing relatives" column. The missing aunts, husbands, friends, came from Warsaw and Riga, Odessa and Lvov. "Last heard from in 1932," read one.


Ram: Olympic organisers were wrong not to observe minute of silence

By Danny Caro, August 2, 2012

Israel tennis star Andy Ram hit out at Olympic organisers for their failure to hold a minute's silence at the Opening Ceremony.

Speaking to the JC just moments after going out of the men's doubles competition, Ram said: "It was very bad that there was no minute of silence at the Opening Ceremony. They have to do it at the next Olympics.


Limmud leader Simonson heads for the JCC

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2012

A prominent British community educator has been appointed to take the reins at the new Jewish Community Centre for London.

Limmud’s Raymond Simonson will start as the Finchley Road centre’s chief executive when the JCC opens in autumn next year, and work side-by-side on its programme and development with its present chief executive, Nick Viner.


Anger as kosher food is off the menu

By Danny Caro and Marcus Dysch, August 2, 2012

The Jewish Committee for the Olympic Games is complaining to Locog about the difficulty of obtaining kosher food at London 2012.

At the ExCeL centre, the largest competition venue at the Games, there was no sign of kosher food in the wide range of eateries on Sunday.