UK news

Investigation after BNP accused of fraud

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2011

The British National Party has been accused of fraud.

The allegations were made on the BBC documentary show Panorama. According to the programme, the party treasurer submitted false invoices during the last general election campaign.

BNP leader Nick Griffin was said to have misled the Electoral Commission by encouraging a former colleague to alter an invoice involving EU money.


Amy Winehouse's father Mitch to write memoir

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2011

Amy Winehouse's father will release a biography of the singer next year.

Mitch Winehouse revealed on Monday that he had signed a book deal to tell the true story of his daughter's life and career.

The book, described as "a heartfelt and revelatory memoir" will be published by It Books next summer, a year after the death of the 27-year-old singer.


Gay weddings are a 'sign of moral decay'

By Simon Rocker, October 11, 2011

A number of senior Orthodox rabbis have hit out at Prime Minister David Cameron's support for the legalisation of gay marriage.

But Lord Sacks, who would have the opportunity to vote on the issue if it were to reach Parliament, would not comment on it.


David Miliband's erev Yom Kippur Israel trip

By Jessica Elgot, October 10, 2011

David Miliband has spent the past week in Gaza, Israel, Jordan and Egypt, spending the run-up to Yom Kippur in Jerusalem.

The former Foreign Secretary was in Gaza with Save the Children. It was his first visit to the region, having been barred from Gaza during his time in government because of security concerns.


Dayan's daughter in documentary on Camp David Accords

October 7, 2011

A documentary to be released later this month will give audiences a behind-the-scenes look into the 1979 Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty.

Featuring Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger and Yael Dayan (daughter of Moshe Dayan), Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace is a documentary looking into the interactions of the key players of the Camp David Accords.


Ivan Lewis moved to International Development role in reshuffle

By Jennifer Lipman, October 7, 2011

The MP for Bury South has been given the role of Shadow Secretary for International Development in the Shadow Cabinet shake-up.

Ivan Lewis, who is Jewish and a former vice-chairman of Labour Friends of Israel, has spent the past year as the Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport.

He has been in office since 1997 and as of the last election he held a 3,292 majority.


British rabbis condemn mosque attack

By Simon Rocker, October 6, 2011

At least 40 British rabbis have signed an online statement organised by the New Israel Fund to condemn an arson attack on a mosque in Galilee.


El Al helps three charities

October 6, 2011

El Al frequent flyers will be helping three charities under a new scheme introduced by Israel's national airline. Five per cent of points earned through the Matmid club will go to the Make a Wish Foundation, helping terminally ill children; Wellbeing of Israel's soldiers; and Birthright, which takes young diaspora Jews on trips to Israel.


Terror fatwa Imam fears student hate

By Jessica Elgot, October 6, 2011

A leading Muslim peace activist, who proclaimed a fatwa against terrorists, has called on the Orthodox Jewish communities to engage with him.

Dr Mohammad Tahir ul-Qadri, a Pakistani Sufi scholar, who was the keynote speaker at last month's "Peace for Humanity" conference in front of 10,000 people at Wembley Stadium, said he regretted organising the conference on Shabbat, because it had excluded


Israelis fear protests at Globe Shakespeare festival

By Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2011

The producer bringing an Israeli theatre company to perform for the first time at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre has described it as "a dream come true".

But Rut Tonn of the Habima Theatre also expressed concern that the production would be targeted by protesters.

Habima's version of The Merchant of Venice will be one of 37 plays staged in 37 different languages at the Globe next April as part