UK news

Algerian Liberal convert now faces deportation

By Simon Rocker, June 16, 2011

An asylum-seeker from Algeria who converted to Judaism in the UK is facing deportation after being detained by immigration officials this week.

Jews from Birmingham and Leicester are concerned for Krim Aitziane, who was removed from the Midlands to a detention centre near Gatwick on Monday.

Mr Aitziane, thought to be 49, received a Liberal conversion in the UK, but dresses strictly Orthodox


Commons voice for 'blood libel' man

By Robyn Rosen, June 16, 2011

An Islamic leader who has invoked the antisemitic blood libel is to share a platform with MPs in the House of Commons.

Raed Salah, a leader of the Islamic Movement in Israel, is speaking at a June 29 event, Building Peace and Justice in Jerusalem, hosted in Parliament by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

During a protest in East Jerusalem in 2007, Mr Salah was reportedly arrested for incite


Sportsmen in muscle tissue trial

By Robyn Rosen, June 16, 2011

Two Jewish doctors are running a medical trial to help Jewish athletes.

Dr Robert Fern, a gastroenterologist at Barnet General Hospital and Dr Marc Wittenberg, an anaesthetist at the Royal Free Hospital in London, are conducting the experiment on members of the football and futsal (indoor five-aside football) teams, from this year's Maccabi Great Britain squad.


Dundee waters down Lib Dem 'apartheid Israel' resolution

By Jessica Elgot, June 16, 2011

Councillors in Dundee have rejected a Liberal Democrat resolution which compared Israel to apartheid South Africa.

Labour and Scottish National Party councillors voted for a watered-down amendment instead of the forthright condemnation proposed by Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Fraser Macpherson at Monday's meeting of the council's policy and resources committee.

It agreed to "note with concer


Scottish whisky hit by boycott threat

By Jessica Elgot, June 16, 2011

It's a staple kiddush tipple, but Scotch whisky could be off the menu on Shabbat, after Jewish groups announced a boycott of Scottish distilleries in protest against West Dunbartonshire Council's boycott of Israel.

The Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs - which encompasses 250 "kiddush clubs" across the US - asked its 6,000 members to consider a boycott of all Scotch from distillers which have


EXCLUSIVE: SOAS taught Gaddafi son and hosts al-Qaradawi on editorial board

By Martin Bright, June 15, 2011

The country’s most prestigious university for the study of the Middle East provided one-to-one English tuition to Mutassim Gaddafi, the son of the Libyan dictator, who acts as his national security adviser. It also hosts the controversial Egyptian cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi on the editorial board for its Journal of Islamic Studies.


David Mamet: profound taint of antisemitism in UK

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2011

A playwright celebrated for his observations of modern life has criticised the "ineradicable taint of antisemitism" in British society.

In an interview with the Financial Times, the Chicago-born Jewish writer David Mamet said that modern speakers were using the same antisemitic arguments that Charles Lindbergh and Oswald Mosley made in the 1930s.


Queen's Honours List: Michael Howard, Janet Suzman and more

By Jessica Elgot and Jennifer Lipman, June 11, 2011

The former Conservative leader Michael Howard has been made a Companion of Honour. He was honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours List along with one of Britain's leading champions of interfaith relations, an Oscar-nominated actress and a rabbi.


Pensioner gagged and left to die 'slow death'

By Robyn Rosen, June 10, 2011

A Stamford Hill pensioner was left gagged and bound to a chair by burglars for five weeks before her body was discovered, a court heard this week.

Two Polish men broke into 83-year-old Eveline Kelmenson's house through the basement in the middle of the night, before taping her to a chair, robbing her and ransacking her home, a jury at the Old Bailey was told.


UCU's Sally Hunt 'not taking institutional racism seriously'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

A leading campaigner against academic boycotts of Israel has criticised the general secretary of the Universities and College Union for "pretending not to understand" the term institutional racism.