UK news

MPs 'regret' use of UK arms by Israel in Gaza

By Simon Rocker, August 20, 2009

A committee of MPs has said it was regrettable that arms components made in the UK were “almost certainly” used by Israel in the conflict in Gaza earlier this year.

In a report published on Wednesday, the arms export controls committee recommended that the government "continue to do everything possible to ensure that this does not happen in future".

It also backed the refusal to licence the sale of certain components to Israel since the Lebanon war of 2006.


Supremacist Wiginton banned from Britain

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2009

An American white supremacist was barred from entering Britain to attend the BNP’s annual summer festival over fears that his presence would stir up racial tension.

Preston Wiginton, 44, was turned away from the UK border after arriving at Heathrow from New York for last weekend’s Red, White and Blue festival.

He has close links to BNP leader Nick Griffin and helped to organise a university speaking tour for him in the US.


Where to find ‘Jew Tongo’? In biggest-ever thesaurus

By Keren David, August 20, 2009

The brainchild of a Jewish professor 45 years ago reaches fruition this autumn with the publication of the world’s biggest thesaurus.

The Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary contains almost every word that has ever existed in English, nearly 800,000 words in total, organised into more than 236,000 sub-categories.


Clegg ‘lied’ on pledge to silence hate peer

By Keren David, August 20, 2009

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has been accused of lying over his pledge to take action if Baroness Jenny Tonge made antisemitic remarks “on my watch”.

In June, Mr Clegg was challenged over his tolerance of Baroness Tonge after he pledged his opposition to antisemitism in an address to the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism.

Douglas Murray, of the Centre for Social Cohesion, asked when the LibDem leader would root out antisemitism in his own party.


Jewish schools celebrate record A-Level results

By Robyn Rosen, August 20, 2009


Communal secondary schools have reported record-breaking A-level results.

At Immanuel College in Bushey, 67 per cent of A-levels taken by pupils were passed with an A grade, the highest proportion in the school’s history.

Forty-two per cent of A-level students achieved three or more A grades and the numbers of A and B grade passes jumped from 82 per cent to 90 per cent.


Martin Bright to join the JC

August 19, 2009

The Jewish Chronicle is delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Bright as political editor.

JC editor Stephen Pollard said: "I am thrilled that Martin is joining us. He will be a heavyweight addition to our superb team, providing unmissable political analysis and news stories."

Mr Bright is a former political editor of the New Statesman and home affairs editor of the Observer. He will take up his post on 14th September.

In addition, Miriam Shaviv has been appointed Foreign Editor and Gerald Jacobs Comment Editor, both with immediate effect.


Lockerbie parents slam convict release plans

By Marcus Dysch, August 19, 2009

The parents of Lockerbie victim Marc Tager believe it would be "ridiculous" to release on compassionate grounds the Libyan man convicted of the bombing.

Michael and Birthe Tager, of Hendon, north west London, said it would be wrong to free Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, who is serving life in a Scottish jail for murdering 270 people aboard Pan Am flight 103 in December 1988.

He is suffering from terminal prostate cancer and is believed to be in a grave condition, close to death.


Bishop: ‘Pope too sensitive over Shoah’

By Jessica Elgot, August 13, 2009

The head of a controversial Catholic sect has accused the Vatican of excessive sensitivity towards Jews and the Holocaust.

Bishop Bernard Fellay’s comments came after the row over Holocaust denier, Bishop Richard Williamson, which led to two Vatican officials being sacked by Pope Benedict XVI.

Bishop Williamson is a former member of Bishop Fellay’s sect, the ultra-conservative “Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X”.


How the baroness got her silver back

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2009

It was smuggled out of the Nazis’ grasp and hidden in a secret drawer in a small Krakow flat for more than 60 years, but a set of silver cutlery finally took pride of place in the home of a British baroness this week.


Teen theatre fan finds herself in limelight

August 13, 2009

She was always a huge fan of the books of the former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo, so for Nathalie Wojakovski, 11 and a half, it was a thrill to find out that she and her family were going to see the award-winning show, War Horse, based on Morpurgo’s best-selling book.

But last week there was even more excitement for Nathalie, who has just left Menorah Foundation Primary School and is starting at Hasmonean High School in September.