UK news

Government bans extremist Islamic group

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

The government has proscribed an extremist Muslim group notorious for burning poppies on Armistice Day and attacking supporters of Jewish and Israeli causes.

Muslims Against Crusades will be banned from Britain from midnight. Being a member or supporter of the organisation will become a criminal offence.


What women think of their bodies

By Jessica Elgot, November 10, 2011

The stereotype paints relaxed, carefree Israeli women compared to the uptight, anxious British.

But research at the University of Leeds into the way women perceive their bodies during pregnancy has found that the opposite could be true.

Pregnant British women feel more beautiful and are less concerned about controlling their weight compared to Israeli women who continue to diet throughout pr


UK envoy fears Israel is too divided

By Simon Rocker, November 10, 2011

The Foreign Office is to put £40,000 into a programme to promote better ties between Jews and Arabs in Israel.

UK Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould announced the grant on Sunday in support of the work of the New Israel Fund and the UK Task Force on Issues Facing Arab Citizens of Israel.

The money will go to the Mixed Cities project in Acco and Lod, an initiative run by the NIF's social act


Mensch proud to speak at Stand With Us event

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

Conservative MP Louise Mensch said she was proud to speak at a Jewish student conference despite criticism from anti-Israel bloggers.

Mrs Mensch was guest speaker at Sunday's Stand With Us – Israel in Focus conference.


120 want Sheldon to go after clash with Hoffman

November 10, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students has backed its campaigns director Dan Sheldon after more than 120 people signed a petition calling for him to be sacked.

Mr Sheldon clashed with Zionist Federation co-vice-chairman Jonathan Hoffman during a heated debate hosted by Leeds JSoc last week.

The pair had been invited to discuss different approaches to Israel advocacy, but the atmosphere soured after Mr


Euro 2012 warning

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

Concerns have been raised about the likelihood of antisemitic abuse and incidents taking place at football's European Championships next year.

MP John Mann, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism, has asked Uefa to explain what will be done to avoid incidents at the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine next June.

In a letter to Uefa president Michel Platini,


Solar cuts spark anger from Berger

By Jessica Elgot, November 10, 2011

Synagogues, Jewish charities and youth movements could loses thousands in potential income as a scheme to fund solar panels on Jewish community buildings is jeopardised by a government turn-around.

Shadow Climate Change Minister Luciana Berger and the Jewish Leadership council criticised the government for "undermining" Jewish social action projects.


He's a dedicated follower, but not of fashion

By Netta Geist, November 10, 2011

At first glance, Avichai Cohen, with his long peyot, full beard and shaved head, blends in perfectly with the Chasidim in his Orthodox Jerusalem neighbourhood.

But what isn't obvious is that the man they know as Rabbi Cohen spent his early adult life as a commando- turned-model, who made a big impression on the international catwalks.

And the reason for his life-changing conversion - an enco


Guardian: 'reputation tarnished'

By Jennifer Lipman, November 10, 2011

Guardian journalists should be "more vigilant" in ensuring that they avoid using antisemitic tropes or language, according to the paper's readers' editor.


Hague raps Israel and UK sits on fence

By Martin Bright, November 10, 2011

Foreign Secretary William Hague has delivered a sharp rebuke to Israel over its decision to accelerate the construction of settlements and withhold tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority in a parliamentary statement on the Middle East.