UK news

Louise Bagshawe still waiting for BBC to explain Fogel failures

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2011

Louise Bagshawe has received thousands of messages of support for bringing to public attention the BBC’s poor coverage of the Fogel family massacre – but is still yet to hear an explanation from the broadcaster.


St John’s Wood alarm shooter sentenced

By Robyn Rosen, March 28, 2011

A multi-millionaire businessman who shot his neighbour's fire alarm to stop it ringing in the middle of the night has been sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid community service.

Peter Shalson, 53, was investigated by police after a shotgun was fired at the property next to his detached home in St John’s Wood, north west London, in January 2010.


Anti-Zionist Nir Rosen resigns from LSE, after two days

By Jessica Elgot, March 28, 2011

Pro-Hizbollah journalist Nir Rosen has resigned from a controversial fellowship at LSE, just days after announcing his appointment.

Mr Rosen, a staunch anti-Zionist, announced on Friday that he had been appointed a Fellow at LSE's Centre for Global Governance.

He was widely criticised in February for comments he made about the sexual assault of CBS reporter Lara Logan.


'Appalling' for Jewish music festival to reject Israeli funding

By Jessica Elgot, March 25, 2011

A trustee of the Jewish Music Institute has expressed his anger and frustration that the organisation turned down Israeli funding for a conference under pressure from boycotters.

David Mencer, a former director of the Labour Friends of Israel, attacked the “appalling lack of judgment and moral character in [the JMI's] distancing itself from Israel."


Police break up 'drink and sex' Purim party

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 25, 2011

Three hundred young Purim revellers in Manchester were moved on by police for drinking, dangerous driving and what was described as "explicit behaviour" on the front lawn of a yeshivah.

Jewish teenagers mainly from the Prestwich, Whitefield and south Manchester areas, descended on the Broughton Park area of north Manchester on Saturday night, prompted by a Facebook alert.


Synagogue doors damaged in break-in

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 25, 2011

A Manchester synagogue is to bolster security after a break-in.

Congregants of the Shaarei Mordechai synagogue in Prestwich, which was built just a year and a half ago, came to morning prayers last Friday to discover its ornate wooden front doors had been prised apart and damaged because security bolts had been ripped off. No damage was reported inside the building.


Now Bob Geldof does like Mondays

By Jennifer Lipman, March 25, 2011

Bob Geldof is to make his first trip to Israel to accept an honorary degree from Ben Gurion University.

And the Boomtown Rat, who shot to fame with I Don't Like Mondays, will have to change his tune - because the ceremony is planned for Monday May 30.

The award marks his anti-poverty campaigns such as the Live Aid and Live 8 concerts and his work with a range of charities.


Dame Vivien Duffield's £8.2m British culture boost

By Jennifer Lipman, March 25, 2011

The philanthropist behind the new Jewish Community Centre for London has pledged £8.2 million towards a range of British cultural and education programmes.

Dame Vivien Duffield said she wanted her donation, which comes amid 40 per cent funding cuts to the Arts Council England, to help ensure culture would be “at the heart of our children's learning."


Boycotters 'victory' as music festival distances itself from Israel

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2011

Israel boycotters have declared a “victory” after organisers of an Israeli music conference assured them that the event would have no Israeli government funding.


Hague: solidarity with Israelis after Jerusalem bomb

By Jennifer Lipman, March 24, 2011

William Hague has expressed solidarity with Israelis and offered “deepest condolences” to the family of the British women killed in yesterday’s bomb attack in Jerusalem.

The Foreign Secretary, addressing the House of Commons, condemned the attack and drew attention to the 30 victims, eight of whom were seriously injured.