UK news

Ed Miliband's links to Israel

By Martin Bright, November 17, 2011

Labour leader Ed Miliband used a Labour Friends of Israel lunch this week to emphasise his family connection to the country that gave refuge to his grandmother. In a highly personal speech to mark the publication by LFI of a collection of essays entitled Making the Progressive Case for Israel, he said: "I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for the state of Israel".


Ex-UK Israeli ambassador Avner: the movie(s)

By Netta Geist, November 17, 2011

Israel's first British-born ambassador to the UK, Yehuda Avner, said this week that it was a "dream come true" that the film rights to his best-selling book, The Prime Ministers, have been sold to two Hollywood production companies.

Two films are set to be made from the book, one a documentary produced by the film arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, and the other a drama, scheduled for release


Women to interview Chief Rabbi hopefuls

By Simon Rocker, November 17, 2011

The United Synagogue has ruled out holding an election for the next Chief Rabbi, arguing that it is not the way to get the best candidate for what it says is the world's top rabbinic job.

Stephen Pack, president of the US and chairman of the Chief Rabbinate Trust, announced this week that the choice of successor to Lord Sacks would largely rest with an inner circle of eight people.


Chief Rabbi: How the successor will be picked

November 17, 2011

Representative group: up to 250 people, half board chairmen and half women members, of synagogues and representatives of schools under Chief Rabbinate.


Big Tent for Israel gets UK ambassador Taub

By Simon Rocker, November 17, 2011

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub will be the key speaker at the Big Tent for Israel conference on November 27, making his first public speech in Manchester since his arrival in the UK in September.


Holocaust historian defends man who broke into Auschwitz

By Simon Round, November 17, 2011

A Holocaust historian this week came to the defence of a British prisoner of war whose account of his time at Auschwitz has been called into question.

Denis Avey, 93, recorded his experiences in The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz, in which he recounted how he had swapped places with a Jewish prisoner so he could see the death camp for himself.


Salah witness and the two texts

By Marc Goldberg, November 17, 2011

One of the expert witnesses who gave testimony at Palestinian activist Sheikh Raed Salah's immigration tribunal has now raised questions relating to his own evidence.

In October, an immigration tribunal found in favour of Home Secretary Theresa May's order that Sheikh Salah should be banned from Britain as "his presence would not be conducive to the public good."


FA working to tackle football race hatred

By Marcus Dysch, November 17, 2011

The Football Association has admitted there is still more work to be done to tackle antisemitic abuse at all levels of the game.

Sue Law, the FA's Head of Equality, said significant improvements had been made in the past 18 months to educate and train match-day stewards, use CCTV to identify offenders, and to assist information-gathering and reporting.


Lottery cash funds Jew-hate jamboree

By Simon Rocker, November 17, 2011

The Arts Council has defended its funding of a concert by the author of what the Community Security Trust has branded "quite probably the most antisemitic book published in this country in recent years" by saying that it helps to "present a diverse view of world society".

Israeli-born musician Gilad Atzmon, who calls himself "a proud self-hating Jew" in his new book The Wandering Who?, is due t


Is Ireland the most hostile EU country to Israel?

By Jessica Elgot, November 17, 2011

The Israeli embassy in Dublin has disputed claims that Ireland is the “most hostile country to Israel in the European Union”.