UK news

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.


Face of a stalker set to bridge a divide

March 11, 2011

A landmark play will be performed at Manchester's Contact Theatre in Hebrew, English and Arabic.

Ruti Worrall's play, The Stalker, was specially written for Manchester University's Palaver Festival of Languages, and will be performed by students from the university reading Arabic and Hebrew.


Labour Friends lean to the left

By Martin Bright, March 10, 2011

Labour Friends of Israel is relaunching itself as a membership organisation at a debate in Westminster next Tuesday.

The panel discussion, Making the Progressive Case for Israel, will bring together supporters of Israel on the left to discuss how to develop a more proactive approach.


Bicom aims to win back Israel in UK

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2011

Britain's largest-ever conference to promote support for Israel will take place in the spring, encouraging the Jewish community and friends of Israel to "turn back the negative tide".

The event - Winning Britain back for Israel - will be held in central London on May 15.


Viva Palestina 'stopping vessels to Gaza'

By Jessica Elgot, March 10, 2011

Viva Palestina will no longer sponsor flotillas to Gaza because it conflicts with the group's charitable status. But the UK-based group, whose founders include former Respect MP George Galloway, said it would continue to support future flotillas.


CST unveils hate crime guidebook

March 10, 2011

An opportunity "to use the Jewish community's hard lessons to help build a better Britain" was how Community Security Trust founder Gerald Ronson described the launch of the CST's new Hate Crimes Guide, launched this week in conjunction with the Home Office.