UK news

Anti-Israel activists target Queen over Jubilee diamond

By Jennifer Lipman, June 11, 2012

Supporters of a boycott of Israel have issued a call to Queen Elizabeth II, asking the monarch to divest herself of her "blood diamond".


Plea to Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: don't leave

By Jennifer Lipman, June 11, 2012

Fans of the current chief rabbi have mounted a bid to keep him in the post after his official retirement.

Lord Sacks announced two years ago that he would be stepping down in September 2013, after a total of 22 years at the helm of the United Hebrew Congregations.

But with his successor yet to be named, supporters are hoping he will reconsider.


Maureen Lipman, Tracy-Ann Oberman to star in play together

June 8, 2012

Two of the best known actresses in Jewish showbusiness are to share a stage in London later this year.

Maureen Lipman and Tracy-Ann Oberman are to star in a play about a widowed woman whose life changes after a conversation with a stripper.

The pair will appear in the Hampstead Theatre’s production of Old Money by Sarah Wooley.


No charges for Globe Habima protester

By Jennifer Lipman, June 8, 2012

The police have not brought charges against a man who was arrested protesting outside the Globe Theatre last week.

A 22-year-old man was understood to be part of the anti-Israel demonstration calling for the Globe to prevent Israel's Habima National Theatre from performing The Merchant of Venice.


Leeds United's Bates to pay ex-director £10k

By Jessica Elgot, June 7, 2012

Leeds United chairman Ken Bates must pay £10,000 to ex-director Melvyn Levi, for allegedly likening him to a criminal.

Mr Levi claims the businessman, the club and a local radio station pursued a campaign against him and his wife, Carole.

Judge Mark Gosnell at Leeds County Court ordered Mr Bates to pay Mr Levi the sum because of the stress caused by Mr Bates’ harassment.


Strictly Orthodox Neturei Karta's new alliance with extreme right

By Jessica Elgot, June 7, 2012

A strictly Orthodox man from Manchester has addressed a meeting of the extreme nationalist New Right group, warning them about the “dangers” of Zionism.


MP sued by pro-Palestinian group for 'Holocaust denial' allegation

By Jessica Elgot, June 7, 2012

A pro-Palestinian group has won a legal battle against a Labour MP who implied they were Holocaust deniers.

Friends of Al-Aqsa, one of the groups which invited “blood libel” cleric Raed Saleh to speak at the House of Commons, received a formal apology from Ian Austin MP for a blog he wrote on the site Labour Uncut.


New Board of Deputies team allots portfolios

By Simon Rocker, June 7, 2012

Laura Marks, the new senior vice-president of the Board of Deputies, will take charge of its community affairs division as the new top team gets down to work.

Alex Brummer will head international affairs, while Jonathan Arkush will continue for a second triennial as chairman of the defence division.


Vicar’s plea to save Torah scroll of Iraq's last Jews

By Marcus Dysch, June 7, 2012

A vicar who oversees the protection of Baghdad’s seven remaining Jews is hoping to find assistance to save 365 ancient sefer Torah scrolls.

Canon Andrew White said the scrolls were currently kept in the basement of a church museum in the Iraqi capital where they are rotting and liable to be eaten by rats.


Dutch government cuts fresh deal on shechitah

By Jackson Wolfe, June 7, 2012

Shechita UK was this week looking carefully at the details of a new agreement between the Dutch government and the Jewish and Muslim communities of the Netherlands, which offers protection of religious freedom for kosher and halal slaughter while improving animal welfare.