UK news

Racially abused Jewish student felt 'unsafe' at St Andrews

By Marcus Dysch, August 24, 2011

A Jewish student who was racially abused in his university bedroom has said he felt a sense of duty to defend himself and see his abuser brought to justice.

Chanan Reitblat said he realised the trial would become a landmark case for Israel-supporting students, and that despite the personal hurt and humiliation, he must give evidence.


St Andrews student expelled over anti-Jewish racial abuse

August 23, 2011

A St Andrews University student has been expelled after he was found guilty of racially abusing a Jewish post-graduate.

Drunken Paul Donnachie rubbed his genitals before wiping his hands on a flag of Israel pinned to Chanan Reitblat's wall.

The offence took place in the early hours of March 12 in a hall of residence in St Andrews.


Amy Winehouse death not due to illegal drugs

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2011

Amy Winehouse did not have illegal drugs in her system when she died.

The Jewish singer, who died last month at the age of 27, had fought a high profile battle with addiction for several years.

But despite speculation about an overdose, a family spokesman said toxicology tests ruled out illegal drugs as a cause of death.


Arsenal fan site drops use of Magen Davids as insult

By Jessica Elgot, August 19, 2011

The administrators of an Arsenal fan forum which used stars of David to denote which users had failed to donate to the site have apologised and promised to change the symbol.

The administrators of the site were adamant that the symbol was used because of the nickname for their football rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, is the Yids.


Anti-Israel protests planned after terror attack

By Marcus Dysch, August 19, 2011

Anti-Zionists plan to protest outside Israeli embassies in London and New York later today.

The demonstrations are said to be in response to the IDF’s retaliatory air strikes on Gaza yesterday, which followed the deadly terrorist attacks in southern Israel.

The protest is planned by groups including MPAC UK which claimed it was acting after Israel’s “assault” on Gaza.


Israel's ambassador to the UK due next month

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 19, 2011

Israel's new ambassador to the United Kingdom, London-born Daniel Taub, will officially begin his tenure before Rosh Hashanah, at the end of September.

Ambassador Taub, 49, was originally due to arrive at his post on August 28, but may only arrive for a "private visit" on that date.


Londoner triumphs in international yacht event

By Robyn Rosen, August 18, 2011

A London Jewish businessman is celebrating after his yachting team won a trophy at the prestigious Fastnet offshore sailing race.

Richard Loftus, 68, who is a member of South Hampstead Synagogue and director of the Accurist Watch Company, captained a three-yacht team representing the Herzliya Yacht Club, led by his own boat, Desperado of Cowes.


Squatters charged after Judaica found in Golders Green house

By Jennifer Lipman, August 18, 2011

Eight men have been charged with four counts of burglary in connection with the thefts of Judaica items and other valuables from properties in Golders Green.

Barnet police discovered the men squatting in a house on the Ridgeway in Golders Green last week and arrested them.

The stash police found at the house included a grandfather clock, jewellery, cameras and laptop computers.


Now 'minyan factory' could close down

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 18, 2011

One of the busiest synagogues in the country has been threatened with closure and needs £200,000 of essential work to its ageing building.


Sixth Gaza land aid is planned

By Jessica Elgot, August 18, 2011

Pro-Palestinian activists Viva Palestina are to attempt to send a sixth land convoy to Gaza.

The UK-based group, whose founders include former Respect MP George Galloway, said it hoped to persuade the transitional authorities in Egypt to allow free movement of people and goods through the Rafah crossing.

In March, Viva Palestina announced it would no longer take part in flotillas to Gaza, be