UK news

Charity theft trial postponed

By Lynda Roughley, September 7, 2012

A Merseyside couple accused of involvement with fraudulently obtained charity cash appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday.

Harris Polak faces two fraud charges involving cash donated to Cancer Relief UK and Clatterbridge Cancer Research.

He is also charged with two charges of money-laundering involving the donated money, as is his wife, Reva Polak.


UK pensioner to appeal on Israel tax case row

By Marcus Dysch, September 7, 2012

British Jews who make aliyah to Israel face continued confusion over their tax status, according to a pensioner involved in a long-running financial dispute.

Paul Weiser, 78, moved to Israel in 2010 and has since been in conflict with both countries over his tax status under double taxation rules.


Moses Montefiore may be reburied

By Jenni Frazer, September 7, 2012

One hundred and twenty-seven years after his death, the remains of the most famous Jew of his era may be reburied in Israel.


GCSE ‘prejudice’ board say exam went to plan

By Simon Rocker, September 7, 2012

An exam board which came under fire for asking GCSE students to “explain, briefly, why some people are prejudiced against Jews” says that none of them answered it inappropriately.


Desperate plea: where is my mother now?

By John Jeffay, September 7, 2012

Monique Karsky-Fisher is trying to find the mother she last saw 36 years ago.

She also wants to trace the father she has never known, and two long-lost sisters.

“I just want to find out where I come from,” said Monique, 47, who was brought up at the former Norwood Orphanage from 1969 to 1984, and now lives in Israel. “And why I was put in a children’s home.


Eritrean refugee protest outside Israeli embassy

By Marcus Dysch, September 6, 2012

The ongoing controversy over Israel’s treatment of African immigrants came to the streets of London as more than 100 Eritrean refugees protested outside the Israeli embassy.


Batsheva cheered at Edinburgh Festival

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2012

This year’s Edinburgh International Festival was based on peacefulness and sharing cultures. And despite the best efforts of anti-Israel activists, when Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company left the stage after its final performance last weekend to a standing ovation, they did so in this spirit.


Zaytoun to screen at UK Jewish Film Festival

September 6, 2012

This year’s UK Jewish Film Festival will screen the hotly tipped Zaytoun, the first fruit of the newly-signed UK-Israel film treaty, in November.


High Security for High Holy Days

By Sandy Rashty, Shirli Sitbon, Toby Axelrod, Nathalie Rothschild, Ted Merwin and Ruth Ellen Gruber, September 6, 2012

Around the world, preparations are under way to protect Jewish communities during the High Holy Days.

Recent attacks on Jews from Bulgaria to Toulouse have convinced community security organisations that, more than ever, this year is a year to be prepared for the worst.

In the UK, the largest ever communal security operation will be in place over Rosh Hashanah.


Suzman attacks Hampstead eruv

By Simon Rocker, September 6, 2012

Opposition to an eruv in Hampstead has been spearheaded by local actress, Dame Janet Suzman, attacking the “superstitious” practice.

In a letter to the Ham & High newspaper, the self-described secular Jew said that she was “bamboozled by the idea of religious paraphernalia being foisted on those who haven’t asked for it”.