UK news

Salmonella inquest blames packaging

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 15, 2011

The death of a Jewish grandmother who contracted salmonella from beansprouts should force national changes to food labelling to prevent further deaths, a coroner has ruled.


The lawyers who stopped Gaza flotilla

By Jessica Elgot, December 15, 2011

An Israeli lawyer who specialises in huge civil suits against terror groups such as Hamas and Hizbollah has claimed British lawyers are "timid" when it comes to "lawfare".

Jerusalem-based Nitsana Darshan-Leitner's law firm, Shurat HaDin, was instrumental in stopping the second Gaza flotilla by threatening the boat insurers that they could be charged with "aiding terrorism".

Her firm has sued


Fine for race abuse

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

A man who threatened a Jew and told him to "leave the country" was caught out after he inadvertently led police to his doorstep.

James Casserley, 62, was found guilty of racially/religiously aggravated harassment after he showed a man waiting for a bus in Finchley a card bearing the word "IRA". He shouted: "You Jews are dead meat.


Eric Pickles pledges to ensure Shoah legacy

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has visited Auschwitz to check on the progress of restoration work, partly funded by the British government.

He took part in a two-day trip and met the directors of the former concentration camp's museum and foundation to discuss how worldwide contributions were being used.

In May, the government announced it would contribute £2.1 million to the Auschwitz-


Mea culpa from Conservative MEP

By Jessica Elgot, December 15, 2011

British MEP Sir Robert Atkins has apologised for suggesting pressure should be put on Jews in the diaspora over the treatment of Palestinians.

Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman met the Conservative MEP on Friday to demand an apology.


Lord Sacks highlights persecution of Christians in Middle East

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

The Chief Rabbi has called on Britain's Jewish community to support Christians in the Middle East who are living "in fear" of persecution.

Speaking during a Lords debate last Friday on the situation of minorities in the wake of the Arab Spring, Lord Sacks said that the "fate of Christians in the Middle East today is the litmus test of the Arab Spring".

Lord Sacks, who apologised for having t


A donkey, too, is for life

December 15, 2011

An international animal rights charity has made donkeys the focus of its Christmas appeal, and has picked a sanctuary in Israel.

Former "pet detective" Zvika Tamuz, who has run a donkey sanctuary in Kfar Shmuel since 2007, has been championed by the World Society for the Protection of Animals.

"In biblical times, the donkey was honourable," he said.


Could Israel's Metzger succeed Sacks?

By Anshel Pfeffer and Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

Israel's Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger has declared his interest in becoming Britain's new chief rabbi when Lord Sacks steps down in 2013.

Rabbi Metzger's aides and his spokesman Avi Blumenfeld said he had been approached by a prominent member of the UK's Orthodox community regarding his possible candidacy.


Aidan Burley's letter to the JC

By Adrian Burley MP, December 15, 2011

I am writing following the press reports over the weekend regarding the stag do I attended a week ago in the French ski resort of Val Thorens.


Chief tells Pope: we must revive soul of Europe

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and Pope Benedict XVI discussed their mutual fears for Europe's future during an audience at the Vatican.

The meeting came as the Chief Rabbi made a two-day visit to Rome and the Holy See.

The religious leaders discussed the role of faith and morality and their hopes for a regeneration of Europe, both economically and socially.