UK news

Strictly Orthodox free school bids rejected

By Simon Rocker, July 19, 2012

In what was generally a bumper week for Jewish education, two cross-communal primaries in London and a high school for Leeds were among more than 100 new free schools approved by the Department of Education.


British Jews alert and ready to deal with London 2012 Olympic security concerns

By Marcus Dysch, July 19, 2012

Despite the murders in Bulgaria, the London Olympics poses no specific threat to the Jewish community, although organisations should remain vigilant, experts have advised.


UK will be ‘dragged in’ to Israeli strike on Iran

By Marcus Dysch, July 19, 2012

Diego Garcia, the British-governed island in the Indian Ocean, could be drawn into an Israel-Iran conflict, a Foreign Office minister has confirmed.

The territory has previously been used by the CIA for secret rendition flights and by the United States military as a base for long-range bombing missions on Iraq and Afghanistan.


Honour for brave MI5 spy Frank Foley at London cemetery

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2012

A “true British hero” of the Holocaust who risked his life to save 10,000 German Jews has had his bravery marked at a Jewish cemetery.

The plaque honouring Major Frank Foley has been placed at the entrance to Hoop Lane cemetery in Golders Green, in the hope that his story will be remembered by the Jewish community in the years to come.


Reform rabbis edge closer to mixed unions

By Simon Rocker, July 19, 2012

The Assembly of Reform Rabbis UK took a significant step this week towards recognising the realities of intermarriage by removing the threat of expulsion from rabbis who officiate at mixed-faith wedding celebrations.


Tribunal hears from BA steward who was 'victim of antisemitism'

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2012

An air steward who was sacked by British Airways for an alleged assault has claimed he was the victim of antisemitic abuse from a colleague.

Jean-Paul Van der Velde told an employment tribunal that a row had erupted in a New York bar as BA staff discussed Nazis and the Holocaust.


British Airways steward says he was sacked after 'antisemitic' row

By Marcus Dysch, July 17, 2012

An air steward has claimed British Airways sacked him after a row with a colleague who allegedly shouted antisemitic abuse.

Jean-Paul Van der Velde told an employment tribunal that an argument erupted in a New York bar when BA staff discussed the Nazis and the alleged tirade left the Jewish steward "shocked and insulted".


No support for Tonge's G4S Israel idea

By Jennifer Lipman, July 17, 2012

A suggestion that security agency G4S should relocate staff from Israel to serve at the Olympic village was roundly dismissed by a Home Office minister during a parliamentary debate.

Jenny Tonge, who in February resigned from the Liberal Democrats following anti-Israel comments made at an Israel Apartheid Week event, made the comment during a discussion on Olympic security.


Edinburgh festival: no change on Israelis despite boycott campaign

By Jennifer Lipman, July 16, 2012

The organisers of the Edinburgh International Festival have said they will not bow to pressure after pro-Palestinian campaigners called for an invitation to an Israeli dance company to be withdrawn.

Israel's Batsheva Dance Company is due to perform three shows at the event between August 30 and September 1, as part of a UK-wide tour.


Government approval for cross-communal Jewish free schools

By Simon Rocker, July 13, 2012

Two new cross-communal Jewish primary schools are among the latest batch of free schools to be approved by the government, as well as a Jewish high school for Leeds.

South London is finally to get the Jewish primary school it has long dreamed of, while a group of Jewish parents in Finchley, North London, are also celebrating their successful application.