UK news

UK lawyers probe Israeli justice

By Martin Bright, September 15, 2011

A group of senior British lawyers, including Shadow Attorney-General Baroness Scotland, visited Israel and the Palestinian territories this week to investigate allegations of the mistreatment of children under Israeli military law.

Answering a parliamentary question last week, Middle East Minister Alistair Burt confirmed that the delegation had the backing of the UK government.

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Luciana Berger: I've been unlucky in the House

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2011

Britain's youngest Jewish MP, Luciana Berger, is facing criticism over her record of defending Israel since being elected to Parliament.

Ms Berger, 30, was Labour Friends of Israel director for three years before stepping down last year to fight her election campaign in the Liverpool Wavertree constituency.

There was an expectation that she would be a leading pro-Israel voice in Parliament.


Three Faiths Forum stands by its anti-Israel student

By Jessica Elgot, September 15, 2011

An LSE student who called for a third intifada against Israel has been selected by the Three Faiths Forum for its parliamentary leadership training.

Nadia Marques de Carvalho, 19, an active member of LSE's Palestine Society, is one of 53 students chosen to be mentored by an MP as part of the 3FF's UN award-winning "Parliamentors" scheme.


All Jewish, but all quiet, too

By Simon Rocker, September 15, 2011

A dozen or so young Jews are about to push their self-restraint to the limit this weekend - by spending it largely in silence.

They will be aiming to enjoy the peace and quiet of a meditation retreat on an organic farm in Cheshire, under the auspices of HaMakom, a new group dedicated to Jewish spirituality.


Donnachie: St Andrews Jewish student 'very rich'

September 15, 2011

The student convicted of a racially aggravated attack on a Jewish student at St Andrews University was defiant this week, despite his sentence of 150 hours of community service and a £300 fine of compensation to his victim.


Fraser determined to fight University and College Union

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2011

A Jewish academic has confirmed he is taking the University and College Union to an employment tribunal.

Ronnie Fraser threatened UCU with legal action in July following its rejection of the widely-accepted definition of antisemitism.

Lawyers acting for Mr Fraser, director of Academic Friends of Israel, wrote to UCU general secretary Sally Hunt alleging the union's stance breached equality l


LPO suspends anti-Israel activists

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2011

Four members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra have been suspended after they encouraged the BBC to cancel the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's Proms appearance earlier this month.

Cellist Sue Sutherley and violinists Tom Eisner, Nancy Elan and Sarah Streatfeild were among two dozen anti-Israel musicians who signed a letter to the Independent on August 30.


Children's favourite Roald Dahl: proudly antisemitic

By Jessica Elgot and Anna Sheinman, September 15, 2011

In his writing shed Roald Dahl created friendly giants, giant peaches and horrible headteachers, but in the last few years of his life, the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory author revealed that he held virulently antisemitic views.


Britain pulls out of Durban III meeting

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2011

Britain will not take part in the anniversary event later this month marking ten years since the UN's controversial Durban conference.

The Prime Minister, following in the footsteps of Australia, Canada and the United States, said he felt it would be wrong to commemorate an event associated with "open displays of unpleasant and deplorable antisemitism".


Union of Jewish Students shows commitment to peace

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students is to launch a "radical, progressive" campaign, encouraging students to speak up for the rights of both Israelis and Palestinians.

Jewish students arriving at universities in the next fortnight will be asked to pledge their support to "two states for two peoples", hand out Israeli and Palestinian flags, and support "freedom, justice and equality" for all.