UK news

Iranian channel Press TV has licence revoked by Ofcom

By Jennifer Lipman, January 20, 2012

The Tehran-backed channel, Press TV has had its UK licence revoked with immediate effect.

Broadcasting standards watchdog Ofcom said that in the course of correspondence and meetings in recent months with Press TV, it had not been satisfied that “the licensee had general control over which programmes and other services” were shown on the channel.

More..

MPs mark Holocaust Memorial Day with Westminster debate

By Jennifer Lipman, January 20, 2012

Politicians from all parties have paid tribute to the heroism and bravery displayed by the victims of Nazi persecution during the Holocaust and spoken of their experiences visiting the camps and meeting survivors.

More..

Sheffield's dictionary triumph

By Simon Rocker, January 19, 2012

What has been billed as the first Dictionary of Classical Hebrew has been completed by a team of scholars based at Sheffield University.

"The only dictionaries there have been are of biblical Hebrew," explained the editor of the eight-volume set, David Clines, emeritus professor of biblical studies at Sheffield.

More..

Why can't my girl be called to the Torah?

By Simon Rocker, January 19, 2012

The father of a forthcoming batmitzvah girl has challenged the United Synagogue to encourage greater religious participation of women by allowing them to be called up to the reading of the Torah.

More..

Barrister admission

January 19, 2012

A leading barrister faces a lengthy prison sentence after pleading guilty to stealing £81,500 from his own Manchester chambers.

David Friesner, 46, of Bury New Road, Prestwich, admitted a single count of theft from 9 St John Street Chambers, where he was deputy head.

Mr Friesner is an expert in fraud and money-laundering law.

More..

Cancel event, Amnesty is urged by ZF

By Marcus Dysch, January 19, 2012

Amnesty International should cancel the launch of an anti-Israel activist's book about Palestinians because he allegedly "justified antisemitism", according to the Zionist Federation.

Ben White's new book, Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy, is due to be launched at Amnesty's London offices on January 26.

The ZF has written to AI managing director Kate Allen en

More..

Proms protestor sues

By Marcus Dysch, January 19, 2012

A violinist who was suspended by the London Philharmonic Orchestra after signing an anti-Israel letter is to take the orchestra to an employment tribunal.

Sarah Streatfeild was among two dozen musicians who signed the letter, published in the Independent, encouraging the BBC to cancel the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's Proms appearance at the Royal Albert Hall last September.

The LPO initia

More..

You say water, we say mayim

January 19, 2012

British and Israeli companies involved in water supply are set for greater collaboration after an agreement between representatives of the two countries.

British Water, the trade association which represents companies in the supply train from pipes to water treatment, has signed an understanding with Israel's centre for research and development, Matimop.

Ian Bernard, technical manager of Bri

More..

'Nazi' students hit protester on LSE ski trip

By Marcus Dysch, January 19, 2012

A student has described how his nose was broken in an antisemitic attack during a university ski trip.

The second-year student, who does not want to be identified, had been socialising with colleagues from the London School of Economics' student union's athletics union.

More..

Miracle on the Costa Concordia Shabbat shipwreck

By Jennifer Lipman, January 19, 2012

A newlywed couple who survived the Costa Concordia shipwreck will give thanks for their narrow escape with a special kiddush at Stanmore Synagogue tomorrow.

Ian and Janice Donoff had just finished the first Friday-night dinner of their honeymoon and were looking forward to Shabbat overlooking the Mediterranean when they heard a crunching noise and the lights on board went out.

More..