UK news

Israeli students fear disclosing where they are from

By Robyn Rosen, March 17, 2011

Israeli students at British universities have spoken about the "hostility" they feel on campus. One says she hides her nationality.

In the past year alone, police have been called to anti-Israel protests at Manchester and Edinburgh universities and the London School of Economics.


Liberty warns about 'casual antisemitism'

March 17, 2011

Britain's most prominent human rights campaigner has sounded a warning about the growth of a "casual antisemitism", which makes an automatic link between UK Jews and the state of Israel.

In an interview with the JC, Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti said that she was made uncomfortable by the tendency to assume people's political position on the basis of race.


David Irving to speak in London

By Jessica Elgot, March 16, 2011

Holocaust denier David Irving has announced a speaking date in London, following a tour of the US.

His talk will take place at a secret location on May 21. The website reads: “You will be notified by email of the precise venue, a few days ahead of the date of the function.”


Tchenguiz property firms in administration after SFO raid

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011

Four firms in Vincent Tchenguiz’s property company have gone into administration less than a week after the tycoon was arrested in a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) raid.

Thousands of jobs in the Peverel group, the UK’s biggest property management company, could be at risk after the board said it could not honour £125 million debts.


Grant to make Einstein's work available online

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2011

Albert Einstein’s 132nd birthday has been marked with the announcement that from next year his work will be accessible online in a comprehensive archive.

The Noble-prize winning physicist, who died in 1955, left his entire body of research – more than 80,000 documents and papers - to Jerusalem’s Hebrew University.


Baroness: let schools deal with hate speech

By Robyn Rosen, March 11, 2011

Communities minister Baroness Hanham has said the government expects schools and universities to tackle hate speech themselves — and that she believed that an adequate framework was already in place.

She answered questions on antisemitism on campus, online and at school during a session in the House of Lords yesterday.


Five arrests after theft spree

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2011

Greater Manchester Police say they have made arrests and stopped a spate of burglaries which have terrified Jewish residents in Prestwich.

Over the past two weeks eight burglaries have been reported affecting mainly Jewish homes. Some have taken place on the same night, just streets apart.


Music group strikes sour note on fund

By Jessica Elgot, March 11, 2011

Pro-Palestinian campaigners are planning to disrupt a conference on Israeli music at SOAS which they say is "endorsed by the Israeli government" - although the organisers have in fact rejected Israeli funding.

Organisers turned down a grant from the British Israeli Arts Training Scheme, after deciding they did not want political connections with the conference.


Hitchcock horror under the hammer

By Norman Jacobs, March 11, 2011

The music to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho is one of the most iconic ever written. And the original autographed score is now for sale - for £50,000.

Norma Herrmann, widow of the composer Bernard Herrmann, is marking the centenary of his birth by selling the manuscript to help fund a proposed recording project of his work.


Manchester: Where anti-Jewish hatred is normal

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 11, 2011

Pupils at Manchester's King David Schools regard antisemitic abuse, hurled at them on their way to and from school, as an everyday occurrence, it was claimed this week.

Delegates at Manchester's Jewish Representative Council devoted the monthly council meeting on Sunday to discussing strategies to deal with the high level of anti-Jewish racism in the city.