UK news

Julie Burchill leaves Independent to write memoir

By Jennifer Lipman, October 28, 2011

Journalist Julie Burchill has left the Independent newspaper in order to write a memoir of her "philosemitism".

In her final column for the paper she said she was leaving with a light heart but that it was time for her to "move over".

"I will now concentrate mainly on learning Hebrew and writing my memoir of philosemitism, Unchosen."


Stacey Solomon: I'm pregnant

By Jessica Elgot, October 28, 2011

X Factor finalist and I'm a Celebrity winner Stacey Solomon is expecting her second child.

The former King Solomon pupil, 22, announced she is three months pregnant with boyfriend of three years Aaron Barnham, 24.

The singer and TV presenter already has a three-year-old son Zac.

Ms Solomon had her first son aged just 19 and split with boyfriend Dean Cox.


Halloween play cancelled - Nazi references 'inappropriate'

By Jessica Elgot, October 27, 2011

A playwright has cancelled his Halloween ghost tours performances, which have parts set during the Second World War, because the body that commissioned the work, English Heritage, did not want him to focus on the Nazis or Jews.


Neo-Nazis still pose real threat

By Jessica Elgot, October 27, 2011

A far-right extremism expert has warned that the real threat of neo-Nazi terrorism is being ignored because of the focus on Islamist violence.

During a debate on the British far right at the Jewish Museum last week, author Nick Ryan warned that antisemitism was still "the glue" which united many extreme far-right groups in Europe and the US.


Ex Leeds United director jailed

By Jessica Elgot, October 27, 2011

Property millionaire Simon Morris has been jailed for 18 months for threatening his former business partner by sending his 21-stone bodyguard into the former partner's home.

Former Leeds United FC director Morris sent his bodyguard Jonathan Ashworth to threaten Hedley Manton over a disputed £100,000 loan. Both parties are members of the Leeds Jewish community.


Anti-JNF move fails

By Simon Rocker, October 27, 2011

Holborn and St Pancras Labour Party has refused to back an anti-JNF campaign, endorsed earlier in the year by local MP Frank Dobson.

He is one of 48 signatories to an early day parliamentary motion in support of the Stop the Jewish National Fund Campaign, which accuses the JNF of "illegal expropriation" of Palestinian land and calls for a review of its charitable status.


From jail to succah

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 27, 2011

An Orthodox prisoner has been released early because he faced extending his sentence by three days unless he broke halachah. The case comes as new guidelines on the needs of Jewish prisoners are taking effect for the first time.


New trauma for baby death couple

By Jessica Elgot, October 27, 2011

A couple have described their heartache after the Western Burial Society dashed their hopes of finding the grave of their baby daughter, despite telling them a few hours before that they had found where she was buried.


Israel tent city an inspiration for Occupy London protest

By Marcus Dysch, October 27, 2011

Rabbis and community leaders have signed a letter supporting activists taking part in the Occupy London protests outside St Paul's Cathedral.

Their backing comes as Jewish participants in the protests - working under the "Occupy Judaism" and "Occupy Torah" slogans - drew comparisons with the tent city demonstrations seen in Israel during the summer.


Livingstone's Islamist guru was an undercover cop

By Martin Bright, October 27, 2011

Ken Livingstone's guru on radical Islamic politics has been exposed as an undercover police officer who infiltrated the animal rights movement in the 1980s.

Until August, Dr Robert Lambert was the co-director of the European Muslim Research Centre (EMRC) at Exeter University.