UK news

Interview: Liberty's Shami Chakrabarti

By Martin Bright, March 17, 2011

I had been talking to Shami Chakrabarti, the telegenic director of Liberty about her organisation's predecessor, the National Council for Civil Liberties, and the work it had done for Jews attacked by neo-Fascists immediately after the war, when she suddenly turned the conversation to contemporary antisemitism.


Online advance for Israel advocacy event

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

A website has been launched to allow supporters to register for Britain's largest-ever Israel advocacy conference.

The Bicom-organised event, Winning Britain back for Israel, takes place in London on May 15 and encourages friends of Israel to combat the growth of anti-Israel activity in the UK.


Tribute to the Irish Scarlet Pimpernel

By Robyn Rosen, March 17, 2011

An Irish priest known as the Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican has been commemorated in a play about his mission to save 6,500 prisoners of war and Jews during the Second World War.

Hugh O'Flaherty hid Jewish families in safe houses, convents and other religious houses around Rome during the war.


UJIA chair threats to sue over resignation petition

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

A petition calling for the resignation of UJIA chairman Mick Davis over his outspoken criticism of Israel has been closed after he threatened to sue its creator.


The real star of the Office gets a blue plaque

By Jessica Elgot, March 17, 2011

Three generations of the Gestetner family gathered this week at the former home of the man who revolutionised office equipment, to see the unveiling of an English Heritage blue plaque at the house he lived at for 40 years.


Advert that put Jerusalem in Palestine censured

By Simon Rocker, March 17, 2011

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against an official Palestinian tourism advert for including Jerusalem as part of Palestine.

The Travel Palestine advert, which appeared in National Geographic Traveler magazine in January, attracted 149 complaints to the ASA including from the Board of Deputies, the Zionist Federation and the Manchester Jewish Representative Council.


William and Kate will smash glass at wedding

March 17, 2011

The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton will take place at Westminster Abbey amid the normal pomp of the Anglican ceremony.

But this time there will be crucial differences - including a traditional Jewish wedding practice.


Stolen Klein painting recovered

By Robyn Rosen, March 17, 2011

A £6,000 painting stolen from a St John's Wood art gallery two years ago has been recovered after a fan of the artist discovered it hanging in a Moroccan shop.

Three of Anita Klein's paintings were bought with a fraudulent credit card from the Boundary Gallery on the last day of her exhibition two years ago.


'Death threats' against interfaith man

By Marcus Dysch, March 17, 2011

A leading interfaith organisation has condemned death threats against an imam who preached evolution and supports women's rights.

Usama Hasan was threatened after Muslim protesters disrupted a lecture he was giving last month, calling for his execution.

The Woolf Institute's Centre for the Study of Muslim-Jewish relations said hatred should make way for debate.


Why mother gave kidney to a stranger in Israel

By Keren David, March 17, 2011

A mother-of-five has become the first Briton to travel to Israel to donate a kidney and save the life of a stranger.

Tzivia Abrams, 40, went back to work as an office administrator on Monday, just over a week after after donating her organ to 10-year-old Hodaya Amran, from Elad.

Because Hodaya's problems were genetic, her own family was unable to help her.