UK news

Grant Shapps to shut door on squatters

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

Homeowners may breathe a sigh of relief after the government announced it would make good on a pledge by Housing Minister Grant Shapps to demolish the rights of squatters.

Under the new plan, published by Justice Minister Crispin Blunt, moving into empty properties would be a crime and persistent offenders could be sent to jail.

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Christian group stands up for Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

Hundreds of Christian supporters of Israel gathered in London this week to stand up against boycotts and attacks on Israel.

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Death threats force Jersey leader to go

By Jessica Elgot, July 14, 2011

Jersey's deputy chief minister Freddie Cohen has spoken of his family's anguish over antisemitic abuse and death threats - which has led him to step down at the next election.

Senator Cohen, who is also planning minister and responsible for foreign relations, was president of the Jewish community in Jersey, two years before moving into politics.

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You may be about to get cash boost

By Nathan Jeffay, July 14, 2011

Hundreds of British Jews may stand to receive surprise inheritances that they never knew existed.

Back in the early 20th century, Jews from across the world invested in Palestine. They put money into Zionist enterprises to develop the infrastructure for a future state, purchase land or deposit money in early Zionist banks.

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Ex-BNP man joins new party

By Jessica Elgot, July 14, 2011

The BNP's former legal director, Lee Barnes, has joined a new far-right political party, the British Freedom Party.

Mr Barnes, known for his vocal anti-Zionism, is the BFP's legal and policy officer. It now has more than 1,000 members on Facebook, stating plans to "end all immigration and economic migration and reverse the colonisation of Britain under multi-culturalism."

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The waiting is over for tragic family

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

The long-lost relatives of a man stabbed to death 92 years ago have been reunited after a chance sighting of an advert on the JC's weekly email newsletter.

The surprising reunion has its origin in the 1919 murder of garment factory foreman Solomon Franks, by a Russian Jewish worker who had been traumatised in the battlefields of the First World War.

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Flytilla: now Greens leader Lucas asks Hague why activists were banned

By Marcus Dysch, July 14, 2011

A dozen British pro-Palestinian activists were detained in Israel and then deported after taking part in last week's abortive "flytilla" campaign.

The group had flown to Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion airport and included a number of Jewish protesters, the deputy leader of the Wales Green Party, a Methodist preacher, an 83-year-old Quaker, and the leader of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign gro

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'Chief rabbi should be chosen by ballot'

By Jessica Elgot, July 14, 2011

Popular support is growing among United Synagogue members for the next chief rabbi to be elected, with a straw poll of members at a debate this week showing more than 90 per cent favour of a ballot.

And the role of women in central Orthodoxy will also be a crucial issue for Lord Sacks's successor.

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Horrid Henry's Jewish sidekick

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

When one of the naughtiest children in fiction is brought to the big screen later this month, a north London schoolboy will be making his red carpet debut alongside several showbiz legends.

Eleven-year-old Gabriel Werb, from Elstree, is in the film adaptation of the beloved Horrid Henry series.

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Sacks: know thy enemy to put thy case

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has said that Israel's PR is missing its target and called for a new approach to putting its case to the world.

In a trenchant interview with Ha'aretz, he suggested creating a thinktank to deal with the problem, involving leading Israeli intellectuals such as Amos Oz and David Grossman.

"Hasbarah [information] as government officials and pro-Israel advocates understand

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