UK news

Narrow escape from fire for celebrating family

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 8, 2011

A Jewish family of 12 escaped unharmed from a fire which destroyed the upper floor of their home on the same night their daughter became engaged.


UK upgrades Palestinian diplomatic status

By Jennifer Lipman, March 8, 2011

William Hague has announced that Britain is to upgrade the status of the Palestinian delegation to this country to a mission.

Speaking in advance of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ arrival in Britain today to meet the Foreign Secretary and the Prime Minister, Mr Hague said Britain would “join many other countries” in doing so.


Lord Sugar chosen as new YouView chairman

By Jennifer Lipman, March 7, 2011

Lord Sugar has been named as the new non-executive chairman of the catch up television service YouView.

YouView is a collaborative venture involving the BBC, Channel 4, TalkTalk and BT. Plans for the video on demand service were announced in December 2008. YouView is set to launch for customers next year.


Corrupt safe deposit businessman jailed

By Robyn Rosen, March 7, 2011

A businessman who ran a corrupt safe deposit company which had £500 million worth of criminal assets seized by police has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison.


Galloway Palestine group: no more flotillas

By Jessica Elgot, March 7, 2011

Viva Palestina has announced it will no longer sponsor flotillas to Gaza because it conflicts with the group’s charitable status.

The group, whose founders include former Respect MP George Galloway, said it would continue to support future flotillas.


Israeli design celebrated at Sotheby's

By Jessica Elgot, March 7, 2011

A celebration of Israeli design talent has been launched by Sotheby’s, with exhibitions planned in London, Tel Aviv and New York.


Double summer time plans put on hold

By Jennifer Lipman, March 4, 2011

Plans to change Britain’s clocks to make dawn and dusk an hour later have been put on hold by the government.

The controversial proposal to bring UK clocks into line with Europe has been omitted from a Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) policy paper, published today.


Investigation into Liverpool school swimming lesson tragedy

By Jennifer Lipman, March 4, 2011

An investigation has been launched into the death of a 12-year-old pupil at Liverpool’s King David High School.

Oliver King died on Wednesday after collapsing from what was thought to be a seizure in the school’s swimming pool.

Paramedics took him to hospital but could not save him.


The rebranding of Kabbalah

March 4, 2011

Unrest in the Middle East was the topic for the Kabbalah Centre's "Power of Peace" conference this week, the first of its kind for the organisation.

Dr Jehan Sadat, widow of former Egyptian president, was the keynote speaker, with Kabbalah Centre International founder Karen Berg.


Football fake confesses: we were all at it

By Marcus Dysch, March 4, 2011

An amateur footballer caught up in the scandal over players' identities has revealed how he and his teammates knew they would be caught and expelled from a Jewish league.

Striker Mariusz Mielniczuk and his MSFL side, Holy Mount Zion, made headlines around the world last month after the JC revealed the team had been suspended for fielding non-Jewish players under fake names.