UK news

Advertising chief Mendelsohn: UK must beat Mad Men

By Jennifer Lipman, April 7, 2011

The first female president of the UK's main advertising body has expressed her hope that British firms can rival Manhattan's Mad Men.

Nicola Mendelsohn, a well-known figure in the advertising industry, took on the top job at the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA) this week after being nominated for the role in December.


Kafka's personal letters sold to Oxford library

By Jennifer Lipman, April 7, 2011

Oxford University's library has bought a collection of letters that shed light on Jewish writer Franz Kafka's personal life.

The collection, sold to the Bodleian for an undisclosed sum this week includes more than 100 letters and colour postcards sent by Kafka to his youngest sister Ottla in the early 20th century.


'Kind and generous' road crash teenager mourned

By Jessica Elgot, April 6, 2011

The "friendly, kind and generous" teenage son of a Hatton Garden businessman has been killed after being hit by a car.

Jourdan Deal, 19, who had ambitions to take up boxing, died of severe head injuries when he was hit by a black Renault Clio as he was crossing Regent's Park Road, Finchley last Friday evening.


Foreign Office still backing Goldstone Report

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2011

The British Foreign Office has expressed continued support for the controversial Goldstone Report into IDF actions in Gaza two years ago, despite its author's recent statements questioning the findings.


Howard Jacobson shortlisted for 'Jewish Booker' prize

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2011

Booker prize winner Howard Jacobson has been nominated for British Jewry's top literary award.

Mr Jacobson's The Finkler Question is one of six books, both fiction and non-fiction, shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize.


Plot to kill the wartime Foreign Secretary revealed

By Bernard Josephs, April 4, 2011

It was a particularly difficult moment for Major James Robertson, head of MI5's Middle East section, when Ernest Bevin decided, in 1946, to pay a visit to Egypt.

As if that year's blowing up of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem by Jewish insurgents had not been enough, his desk was littered with agents' reports, all carrying the same deadly message.


El Al bomber 'could go free'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 1, 2011

A terrorist jailed for 45 years in 1986 for plotting to blow up an Israeli plane could be released early after High Court judges ruled against the government.

Nezar Hindawi attempted to destroy an El-Al airliner carrying 400 people by planting a bomb in the luggage of his pregnant fiancée.


West End debut for new David Mamet drama

By Jennifer Lipman, April 1, 2011

The award winning American Jewish writer David Mamet is to première his latest play in the West End this autumn.

Set in a prison, The Anarchist tells the story of a female activist's fight with a prison governor to have her life sentence reduced.


Metal thieves hit cemetery in Blackpool

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 1, 2011

Metal thieves caused thousands of pounds' worth of damage to a Jewish cemetery after breaking in last Wednesday night.

Intruders stole two copper taps, seven copper standpipes and copper piping from the ohel at the Carleton Cemetery in north Blackpool.

Water was left flowing from burst plumbing below an outdoor basin used for handwashing after funerals and consecrations.


Holocaust Claims head meets British critics

By Simon Rocker, March 31, 2011

The executive head of the leading Holocaust restitution organisation, the Claims Conference, defended its record when he faced some of its critics in London on Monday.

Greg Schneider, executive vice-president of the New York-based body, addressed an audience of 150, including many survivors, at the invitation of the Anglo-Jewish Association, one of four British groups on its board.