UK news

Israeli embassy attacks Amnesty over hunger strike report

By Marcus Dysch, June 7, 2012

Israel is guilty of torture and human-rights violations and must end its policy of detaining Palestinian prisoners without charge or trial, according to a new report by Amnesty International.


Diamond Jubilee concert director says celebrities 'packed away their egos' for the Queen

By Simon Round, June 7, 2012

Millions of people enjoyed the Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace on Monday night. Geoff Posner was not one of them.

Mr Posner, who directed the BBC’s coverage of the event, was far too busy juggling the logistics of such a massive operation even to think about what he was watching.


Poll shows Finchley's Ephraim Mirvis is favourite for Chief Rabbi role

By Simon Rocker, June 7, 2012

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis of Finchley United Synagogue is the favourite to succeed Lord Sacks as chief rabbi according to a straw poll of UK rabbis conducted by the JC.

Four of 20 United Synagogue and regional Orthodox rabbis opted outright for Rabbi Mirvis, a former Chief Rabbi of Ireland who now heads one of the United Synagogue’s largest and most dynamic congregations.


Israeli official: ‘honouring Munich victims is divisive’

By Marcus Dysch and Simon Griver, June 7, 2012

An Israeli Olympic official has caused outrage after he refused to support the call for a minute’s silence at the London Olympics in honour of the 11 Israelis murdered by Palestinian terrorists 40 years ago.


Israelis in London: A new comedy series

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2012

He is opinionated, occasionally obnoxious, foul-mouthed and thinks the Mona Lisa looks like Dana International, yet Pini Ben Tovim is hoping to be the latest Israeli screen character to charm British audiences.


Drowned Stamford Hill rabbi buried

By Simon Rocker, June 6, 2012

More than a thousand people lined the streets of Stamford Hill to mourn one of its leading rabbis who drowned off the Kent coast on Monday.

Rabbi Chaim Breisch, aged 59 according to police, was rescued with another man after struggling in a rough sea off Broadstairs but was pronounced dead on arrival after being taken by helicopter to hospital.


How Ahava boycotters led to Israel film celebration in London

By Jennifer Lipman, June 6, 2012

The co-founder of the upcoming Seret Film Festival has revealed that she was inspired to arrange it by her experience with Israel boycotters.


Money saving expert Martin Lewis sells website for £87 million

By Marcus Dysch, June 1, 2012

Consumer expert and JC columnist Martin Lewis has sold his popular money saving website for a staggering £87 million.

Mr Lewis set up for just £100 in 2003 and has agreed a deal with the Moneysupermarket brand.


UJIA's Mick Davis to get £29m to stay at Xstrata

By Jessica Elgot, June 1, 2012

UJIA’s chairman Mick Davis has been offered £29m, with bonuses of a further £6 million, to stay at the helm of mining company Xstrata, after the company merges.

South African-born Mr Davis, the chief executive of Xstrata and chair of the Jewish Leadership Council, is expected to remain chief executive when the company merges with commodity trader Glencore.


Chancellor's charity U-turn welcomed

By Sarai Sinai, May 31, 2012

The decision by Chancellor George Osborne to drop his controversial plans to cut tax relief for big charity donors has been welcomed by many Jewish charities which had lobbied against the decision.