UK news

Pig's head left at Scots doorway

By Simon Rocker, June 10, 2011

Police have said that the leaving of a pig's head outside the home of a Jewish woman in Aberdeen is not a racial incident.

The head, reportedly with a knife stuck in it, was left on the doorstep of the woman on Friday evening the week before last.

But Grampian Police stated this week: "Following our initial inquiries we can confirm the incident is being treated as a breach of the peace and n


Cops take to off-road bikes to tackle quad offenders

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 10, 2011

Police in north Manchester are to mount quad bikes in an operation to tackle anti-social behaviour in Jewish neighbourhoods in Prestwich and Whitefield, but have been told they cannot use them to chase offenders.

Local residents raised concerns at community police meetings about youths illegally riding off-road vehicles in parks and roads.


Communal leaders and Downing Street refuted Mr Hayek's claims this week

June 10, 2011

Mick Davies, UJIA chairman, said: "Whatever the reasons David Cameron may have for stepping down as patron of the JNF, I have no doubt he has not responded to pressure from anti-Israel groups and there is no basis for this assertion. His very public comments in support of the state of Israel at the recent CST dinner are hugely significant."


Karlin dies at 85

June 10, 2011

The actress who became famous for her trademark shout of "Everybody out!" in TV's The Rag Trade, Miriam Karlin, died last Friday in London aged 85. Ms Karlin starred as Golde in the orginal London production of Fiddler on the Roof and was a committed socialist.


Tzedek is consulted

June 10, 2011

Tzedek, the international development charity, is among faith groups advising the government on how to deploy overseas aid.The Department for International Development (DfID) has set up a working group to explore partnerships with religious communities.


BNP 'can teach'

June 10, 2011

Schools will not be able to sack teachers who are members of the BNP under proposed new rules, despite a previous pledge by Education Secretary Michael Gove. The Teachers' Standards Review does not provide new powers to deal with extremist teachers.


Library admits failure over 'Jewish plot' book

By Robyn Rosen, June 10, 2011

Camden Council has admitted that a series of failures led to a book entitled Are English Jews responsible for 9/11? being available on the shelves of a library for the last two years.

Gillian Freedman, a member of Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, discovered the book, by Devdas Pradesh and published in America, in Kilburn Library's modern history section.


Nazi refugee story to star at Fringe

By Robyn Rosen and Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

An American teacher is to bring to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the true story of a child who fled Nazi-occupied Austria, after her diary was donated to him.

Andrew Geha, a teacher at Friends Academy, a Quaker school in New York, was given the diary of Inge Fischer by her niece Lisa Waldstein.


Israeli author wins prestigious Jewish literary award

By Gerald Jacobs, June 10, 2011

Israeli novelist David Grossman has won the 2011 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize, the UK's foremost Jewish literature award. Early this week, a packed audience in the Stern Pissarro Gallery, off Pall Mall, heard writer Lisa Appignanesi, this year's chair of the JQ-Wingate judges, announce the result of the most eagerly awaited contest for many years.


Bid to show the 'true face of Hamas'

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

Campaigners from a new grassroots group which pledges to "expose Hamas's true face" say they will step up their efforts to inform the British public about the Islamic resistance movement.

The independent Campaign For Truth will also encourage the media to report more accurately on Hamas's ideology.

On Sunday, activists took part in a leafleting session on London's Oxford Street and at Marble