UK news

Kate Winslet and Sam Mendes split

By Jessica Elgot, March 15, 2010

British film director Sam Mendes and his wife Kate Winslet have parted, the couple’s lawyer has confirmed.
They married in 2003, and have one son, Joe.

Mr Mendes directed her in one of his latest films Revolutionary Road. They met in 2001, when he tried to persuade her to appear in a play at the Donmar Warehouse, in Covent Garden, where he was artistic director. He had already won an Oscar for Best Director for his debut film, American Beauty.


David Cameron: The full JC interview

March 12, 2010

You have said you will back a change to the legislation which allows magistrates to issue arrest warrants for visiting foreign politicians and military staff. Now that Labour has pushed the issue into the long grass until after the election, what guarantee will you give to the Jewish community that you will introduce the law change immediately after the election?


Holocaust heroes honoured by Gordon Brown

By Robyn Rosen, March 11, 2010

A man who sneaked into Auschwitz to "witness its horrors" is among the recipients of a new award which commemorates British heroes of the Holocaust.

Denis Avey, now 91, was a prisoner of war in 1944 when he left a neighbouring camp and swapped uniforms with an unknown prisoner - and managed to save the life of Jewish inmate, Ernst Lobethall.

His story was revealed last year when a connection was made from the recorded testimony Mr Lobethall had given before he died.


Academic plagiarism case dropped

By Robyn Rosen, March 11, 2010

A plagiarism allegation against a senior academic has been dismissed after a hearing heard that the student did not own copyright to a disputed dissertation.

Dr Remco Polman, a practitioner psychologist, faced a conduct and competence committee hearing at the Health Professionals Council (HPC) last Friday for allegations that he plagiarised a dissertation by former Leeds Metropolitan University student Jeannette Cohen, which he denied.


William Hague's kosher Hendon experience

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2010

It is not every day the Shadow Foreign Secretary tucks in to chicken schnitzel and chips at a kosher restaurant.

The White House in Hendon is a rather different establishment to the South Yorkshire pubs where a teenage William Hague supped pints.

But he made the most of his experience in north London on Monday evening, munching on dishes including cigarim, matbucha, pitta and hummus.


Dell customer told: Sorry, we're boycotting Israel

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2010

Computer manufacturer Dell has launched an investigation after a call centre worker told a customer the company "would not deal with Israel".

The male staff member was asked whether a laptop charger could be sent to Israel but responded by falsely claiming the company was boycotting the Jewish state.

A company spokesman said an internal review of the incident had begun and reassured customers that products remained on sale in Israel and to Israeli shoppers online.


Israeli's chance for Iraq election vote scuppered

By Marcus Dysch, March 11, 2010

An Iraqi-born Jewish pensioner was left disappointed after he was unable to vote as an expatriate in the country's general election last weekend.

David Sasson wanted to cast his vote in Wembley, north west London, but his hopes were dashed despite twice queuing for more than five hours.

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi expats took part in the election, voting over three days at polling stations in 60 cities worldwide.


New website promotes human rights in Middle East

March 11, 2010

A group of British Jews opposed to Israel's occupation of the West Bank is setting up a new website to provide information on human rights issues involving Israelis and Palestinians.

JNews, due to go live next Monday, will be directed by Miri Weingarten, who played a prominent role for 11 years in Physician for Human Rights-Israel and moved to London last year.


Killer of Jewish shopkeeper 'could still be at large'

By Leon Symons, March 11, 2010

The contract killer of Beatrice "Biddy" Gold, the London woman shot dead in the basement of her clothing business 35 years ago, might still be at large, it emerged this week.

The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) confirmed that the case of John Errol Heibner, convicted in 1976 of Mrs Gold's murder, will be referred back to the Court of Appeal.


Cyril Ross: the fur coat spy

By Bernard Josephs, March 11, 2010

As unlikely spies go, a master furrier, head of the West End ladies' fur coat company, Swears and Wells, would be hard to beat.

But according to secret intelligence reports just released by the National Archives, Cyril Ross was just that.

As Israel fought for its existence in May 1948,leading Jews met in London to discuss supporting the embattled country.

The highly sensitive talks, held under conditions of strict secrecy, centred on the urgent need to raise large sums of money to bolster the struggling state.