UK news

FCO bans Israel-Gibraltar 'friendship stamp'

By Marcus Dysch, February 23, 2012

One is a contested territory besieged for centuries by neighbours fighting to capture it - the other is Jerusalem's David Citadel tower.


SFO admits 'regrettable errors' in Tchenguiz case

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2012

The Iranian Jewish property entrepreneur Vincent Tchenguiz has been cleared of potential charges after the Serious Fraud Office admitted to "very regrettable errors".

The mistakes involved the SFO's investigation into the collapse of Icelandic banking giant Kaupthing.


Gould to Israeli Olympians: Munich has not been forgotten

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2012

The British ambassador to Israel has promised Israeli athletes "a proper British send off" before the London Olympics this summer.

Matthew Gould, speaking to Israel's Olympic hopefuls at the Dead Sea on Wednesday, said he was looking ahead to "the start of the greatest show on Earth".


Auction offers chance to serve tea on Hitler's silver tray

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2012

Hosts aiming to make an impression on their afternoon guests could soon be serving tea on a tray that once belonged to Hitler.

The silver tray, given to the Nazi leader in honour of his 50th birthday in April 1939 – just a few months before the outbreak of war - goes up for auction next week.


Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin killed in Syria

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2012

Veteran journalist Marie Colvin is believed to have been killed in the Syrian city of Homs.

According to Reuters, the American-born Ms Colvin and a French photographer were trapped in a house that was being shelled, but were hit in a rocket attack as they attempted to flee.


UK showing for Israeli series that inspired Homeland

By Jennifer Lipman, February 21, 2012

A hit Israeli television series about a returning prisoner of war is to be screened in Britain later this year.

Hatufim (Prisoners of War), which follows the attempts of two Israeli reservists kidnapped in Lebanon to rebuild their lives after they return home 17 years later, will air on Sky Arts 1 from May.


Students clash at Israel Apartheid Week

By Marcus Dysch, February 20, 2012

Jewish students have clashed with anti-Israel protesters during a fight at the London School of Economics.

A scuffle broke out between Jewish and Israeli students and demonstrators who had erected a mock "Israeli apartheid wall" as part of an Israel Apartheid Week protest.

LSE's Israel Society condemned the violent scenes and claimed a Jewish student was injured in the melee.


Alleged egg attackers charged

By Jennifer Lipman, February 20, 2012

Four men have been charged following a spate of alleged "drive-by" egg-throwing attacks which targeted Jews.

The charges follow the incidents in December last year in Hendon and Golders Green, north west London, when eggs were allegedly thrown from passing vehicles at religious Jews walking in the areas.


Jobcentres accused of 'Friday' antisemitism

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 17, 2012

Two Jobcentres in Greater Manchester have been accused of institutionalised antisemitism after cancelling jobseekers' benefit payments to Jews who keep Shabbat.


UKIP peer makes 'offensive' Auschwitz remark in EU debate

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2012

A UK Independence Party peer has been condemned for making an "offensive" remark comparing the German Finance Minister's attitude to the economy with tat of the Nazis at Auschwitz.

Lord Willoughby de Broke made the comment twice during a debate on the European Union on Thursday.