UK news

Sugar's widow fights on with BBC bias case

By Jessica Elgot, August 18, 2011

The widow of solicitor Steven Sugar, who spent six years in the courts to try to force the BBC to publish its report about anti-Israel bias, will represent him when the case is heard at the Supreme Court on November 23.

A full court hearing was set for February 2011 to decide whether the BBC should release the Balen Report, an internal assessment of its coverage of the Middle East.


A snip at £35,000: the Aaron Biber campaign

By Jessica Elgot, August 18, 2011

Last week, all 89-year-old Aaron Biber had in his barber's shop were some treasured 40-year-old razors and combs, piles of newspapers, two vintage barber's chairs and cassette tapes of his favourite wartime songs.

His quiet routine was shattered, first by the violent riots on Tottenham High Street, then by a media frenzy surrounding his battered shop, and then by a barrage of well-wishers, send


Shul faces closure in Salford

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 18, 2011

One of the busiest synagogues in the country has been threatened with closure and needs £200,000 of essential work to its ageing building.

Salford's Machzikei Hadass Synagogue, used daily by around 1,000 people, has been refused insurance and wil need to close unless it completes a £20,000 electrical overhaul.


Jewel thief is sought

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 18, 2011

Police have asked for the public's help in hunting a man in connection with robberies of Jewish jewellers from London and Manchester, in which thousands of pounds worth of diamonds were stolen.

Mark Cunniffe, 50, has already evaded several arrest attempts by Greater Manchester Police.


Terror inevitable, UK experts warn

By Marcus Dysch, August 18, 2011

The threat posed by international terrorism remains as great as ever, according to experts at a four-day seminar marking the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in the United States.

The London Jewish Cultural Centre's 2020 Vision event featured sessions on the government's Prevent counter-terror strategy, Al-Qaeda and the death of Osama Bin Laden.

Trudy Gold, LJCC chief executive,


Strictly Kosher star on fame, phones, and chicken soup

By Simon Round, August 18, 2011

Just a month ago, Bernette Clarke was a Manchester housewife, juggling work and family. Now, following the screening of ITV1's Strictly Kosher documentary, she is Britain's latest reality star. And she might just end up as Prestwich's answer to Nigella.


Many of us are Irish, any Yidiot knows that

By Simon Rocker, August 18, 2011

The author of a new guide to tracing Irish-Jewish ancestry has said he desperately needs people to come forward to help him verify tens of thousands of details of Irish Jews stretching back nearly four centuries.


Minister Alan Duncan says Israel wall 'land-grab'

By Robyn Rosen, August 18, 2011

The Government has said the views of Alan Duncan, Minister for International Development, who described the Israeli security wall as a "land-grab" and claimed Israelis deliberately take water away from Palestinians, reflects its position.


Middle East peace talks in a London kitchen

By Martin Bright, August 18, 2011

Secret peace talks between Israeli President Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, took place in London, the JC can reveal.

The encounter was hosted over dinner by UK businessman Poju Zabludowicz at his north London home.


A Level stars celebrate top results

By Jennifer Lipman, August 18, 2011

Jewish teenagers across the country are celebrating after achieving top A Level results.

Yavneh College in Borehamwood saw pupils achieve an 100 per cent pass rate, with44 per cent gaining an A grade or above.

Joshua Pyzer was among the happy faces at the school this morning, after he found he had gained two A* grades and three A grades.