UK news

Lauren Booth's attack points up new split in PSC

By Jessica Elgot, December 1, 2011

Pro-Palestinian activist Lauren Booth has launched a vitriolic attack on the Palestine Solidarity Campaign for dissociating itself from antisemitic musician Gilad Atzmon, saying the central office should be working "to end Zionism".

Her comments highlight the internal divisions in the PSC, between the national body and its more radical branches.

More..

MP who questioned Jewish envoy's loyalty should 'prepare to retire'

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2011

The Labour MP who suggested Matthew Gould was an inappropriate British ambassador to Israel, because he was Jewish, should start preparing for his "retirement", said the chair of the All-party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism.

More..

Jewish envoy not loyal to UK, says Labour MP

By Martin Bright, December 1, 2011

A Labour MP has caused outrage by suggesting that Britain's first Jewish ambassador to Israel has divided loyalties because he has "proclaimed himself to be a Zionist".

More..

Libyan Jew's MP grandson attacks LSE over Gaddafi links

By Jessica Elgot, December 1, 2011

The MP who called for the London School of Economics' links with the Libyan regime to be investigated said the university had "lost its moral compass".

A new report into LSE's conduct over donations from Libya says the contacts carried "a significant degree of risk", which would never have been exposed had former dictator Colonel Gaddafi not been toppled.

More..

Israel ambassador leads speakers at Big Tent

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 28, 2011

In a speech to the Big Tent Israel advocacy conference in Manchester yesterday, which focused on countering political campaigns to delegitimise Israel, the Israeli Ambassador to Britain, Daniel Taub, condemned those who "call themselves" Israel's friends because they "support its right to exist".

More..

Businessman takes Beth Din order to High Court

November 25, 2011

The High Court in London is being asked to enforce the decision of the Beth Din, the court which decides civil or religious issues among Orthodox Jews.

The Beth Din awarded Gateshead businessman Jerry Fried more than £1 million in December 2009, when it ordered company director David Zadok Baumgarten to pay Mr Fried £920,550.43. Mr Fried is also seeking interest of £109,558.11.

More..

Livingstone attacks 'Islamophobe' Gove

By Jenni Frazer, November 24, 2011

A furious Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has turned on the Labour London mayoral candidate, Ken Livingstone, after the former mayor called him "an Islamophobe" and attacked him as a "fervent Zionist".

In an interview with the website, London Loves Business, Mr Livingstone said: "People like Michael Gove and others have been stridently Islamaphobic for some time."

More..

Nobel winners join Israelis in £10m campaign on disease

By Marcus Dysch, November 24, 2011

Dozens of Britain's top scientists flew to Israel this week to launch a major research project into regenerative medicine.

They joined around 200 Israelis at Ben Gurion University to share methods of tackling heart disease and Parkinson's disease using cell and gene therapies and tissue and biomedical engineering techniques.

The visit marked the launch of the British Israel Research and Acad

More..

Stalker's victim seeks damages from the CPS

By Marcus Dysch, November 24, 2011

The victim of a serial stalker is seeking damages from the Crown Prosecution Service, claiming the State failed to protect her.

Claire Waxman wants £5,000 compensation after the CPS dropped a charge against Elliot Fogel, who has repeatedly been convicted of harassing her and her family.

More..

Last hurrah for Sugar?

By Simon Rocker, November 24, 2011

What is likely to be the final battle in a six-year campaign to force the BBC to release a report into its Middle East coverage began at the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

London solicitor Steven Sugar first sought the publication of the Balen Report early in 2005 under the newly introduced Freedom of Information Act.

But although he died early this year, his widow, Fiona Paveley, was granted p

More..