UK news

Jewish art museum's crucifix exhibition

By Marcus Dysch, June 24, 2010

Supporters of the London Jewish Museum of Art have reacted furiously to a new exhibition which addresses the Crucifixion.

The Cross Purposes – Shock and Contemplation in images of the Crucifixion show traces artistic representations of the Crucifixion, from solely Christian interpretations to modern-day images.

Among the artwork on display at the museum's St John's Wood gallery are depictions of Christ on the cross by Tracey Emin, Graham Sutherland and Duncan Grant.

More than 300 people attended the official opening on Tuesday night.


Police probe 'threat' posters

By Jessica Elgot, June 24, 2010

Police are investigating pro-Palestinian posters put up in a small Sussex town after a Jewish resident complained they were "threatening".

The posters in Barnham, West Sussex, were put up by two groups calling themselves "The UK Friends of Palestine and Israel" and the "Free Gaza Movement".

They call for a boycott of Israel and urge support for "the orphans of the Gaza massacre". There are also "Wanted" posters which accuse Israeli politicians of war crimes, including Opposition leader Tzipi Livni, which have also been seen in the town.


Councillors urged to act over Bury Nazis

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 24, 2010

Jewish leaders have called on Bury councillors to "stop sitting on the fence" after a muted response to communal outrage over men dressed in Nazi regalia at a public event three weeks ago.

Since the event, it has emerged that 20 men wore swastikas and SS insignia at the East Lancashire Railway wartime re-enactment. One man posed as Nazi war-criminal Hermann Goering, while photographs have confirmed some men wearing up to five pieces of Nazi insignia and a jeep draped in a large Nazi flag, which flout rules set by the organisers banning such displays.


BMA drops anti-Israel motions

By Leon Symons, June 24, 2010

Two motions critical of Israel have been eliminated from next week's British Medical Association conference.

The BMA's London regional council and its Enfield and Haringey branch put down identical motions complaining about Israel's treatment of Palestinian medical personnel in Gaza.

But the conference agenda committee has tabled its own resolution, deploring all regimes which hamper the work of doctors and other medical staff but, significantly, does not single out any country.


Jewish schools 'will face many legal challenges'

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 24, 2010

Lawyers say Jewish schools may face a barrage of battles from parents contesting practice-based admissions decisions.

This follows the case of Kayleigh Chapple, the non-observant Jewish girl denied a place in Liverpool's King David High School.

Solicitor Jack Rabinowicz, an expert in education law, says the move from descent-based criteria is going to lead to "a lot of disagreement and dispute.


Israel deports anti-Zionist activist to UK

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 24, 2010

A woman from Bolton who claims she was "brutally" locked up by Israeli immigration staff at Ben Gurion Airport for no reason other than wanting a holiday in Israel has been unmasked as a high-profile anti-Israel political campaigner.

She is also behind a website which peddles the claim that Israel harvests human organs and that "the Jews are eating villages".

Komal Adris (below) told the Bolton News and Asian Image, which runs the UK's leading Asian news website, she was strip-searched and locked up for 15 hours without access to lawyers, on Tuesday.


Israel's UK ambassador tipped for UN post

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 24, 2010

Israel's ambassador to London, Ron Prosor, is being considered for the post of temporary ambassador to the United Nations.

The UN post is considered one of the key diplomatic jobs. Often the position goes to a political appointee rather than a career diplomat. The current ambassador, Prof Gavriella Shalev, was appointed by former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. The government is determined to replace her by the time her two-year term ends in August.


The beginning of the end for kosher meat?

By Jessica Elgot, June 24, 2010

Shechita UK this week warned that animal welfare groups with deep pockets have "the wind in their sails" and pose a renewed threat to the continuance of kosher slaughter in the UK.

In the wake of the New Zealand ban and the European Parliament vote in support of singling out kosher and halal meat for special labelling, Shechita UK's campaign director, Shimon Cohen, warned that the Jewish community must organise to defend the practice.


BNP man jailed for anti-fascist demo attack

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 24, 2010

A BNP party member has been convicted of attacking an anti-fascist demonstrator, in a protracted court saga.

Peter Tierney, 53, from Liverpool, was found guilty by a unanimous verdict at Liverpool Crown Court last Thursday for smashing Nicholas Barnett over the head with a camera tripod.

The incident, which took place on St George’s Day last year, saw BNP supporters and members of Merseyside Coalition against Racism and Fascism clash in Liverpool’s city centre.

Mr Barnett required hospital treatment after the incident.


Shomrim praised for halting knife attack

By Leon Symons, June 24, 2010

Four members of the Shomrim Jewish security team have been praised by police after they disarmed a man wielding an eight-inch long blade at the height of this year’s Purim celebrations.

The man, 21-year-old Nyron Valentine Crichlow, had threatened a 12-year-old girl, an old man, and had pursued a woman in Bell Lane, Hendon, on the afternoon of February 28, Wood Green Crown Court heard.

Crichlow, of Tyrrel Way, Colindale, north west London, pleaded guilty to affray and possession of an offensive weapon and was jailed for 15 months and nine months, to run concurrently.