UK news

Brown: ‘I will act on Muslim hate’

December 4, 2008

Prime Minister Gordon Brown agreed this week to ensure that the views of the Jewish community will be taken into account in the current review of UK entry and exclusion arrangements, in the light of renewed concern about visiting extremist Islamists preaching hatred.

He made the pledge on Monday at the first formal working meeting with communal leaders since he took office.

In what the executive director of the Jewish Leadership Council, Jeremy Newmark, called a “warm and productive meeting”, the 14-strong delegation from the JLC raised a wide range of concerns.

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Fayyad talks

December 4, 2008

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has invited the Palestinian Prime Minister, Salam Fayyad, to talks at 10 Downing Street on December 15.

He has also invited the Israeli premier, Ehud Olmert, for separate discussions on the same day.

On the agenda for both the Mid East prime ministers will be economic regeneration for the Palestinian region and long- and short-term prospects for peace in the area.

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Deli owner raided twice in a week

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 4, 2008

A Manchester kosher shop was targeted by thieves, only days after his home was broken into.

Early last Tuesday evening, Motti Gershon’s Shefa Mehadrin kosher deli was targeted by armed robbers who threatened a till assistant with a hammer and robbed two cash registers.

Only days before, thieves ransacked Mr Gershon’s house in the Sedgley Park area while he and his wife were at friends for Friday night dinner. Jewellery, a car and phones were taken.

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Traders attack CCTV ‘snub’

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2008

Shop owners targeted in a series of robberies have reacted angrily after a senior police officer rejected their calls for CCTV cameras to protect businesses.

A number of Jewish businesses in Temple Fortune, North-West London, have been hit by ram raiders and gangs stealing expensive items, such as designer handbags and sunglasses.

In the most recent incident, Lorretta Paterson, who runs gift shop Temptations, was severely beaten by a gang which stole her car.

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£3m for car-crash property boss

By James Brewster, December 4, 2008

A 74-year-old businesswoman who was left brain damaged after being struck by a car while walking her dog near Hampstead Heath won a record damages payout this week.

Pamela Green was the multi-millionaire director of a string of companies linked to her property development business, Pamlion Properties Ltd, until she was severely injured while walking her poodle over a zebra crossing.

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Carol service discord stuns vicar

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2008

A vicar whose church hosted an alternative carol concert for an anti-Israel group has admitted that he would have to “think hard” if asked to host a similar event in the future.

The Reverend Charles Hedley, rector of St James’s, Piccadilly, was criticised by both Jewish and Christian groups following the performance on Wednesday last week.

The service was organised by Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (JBIG).

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Kosher Co-op plan in doubt

By Candice Krieger, December 4, 2008

Mystery surrounds the proposed opening of the first kosher Co-op store in the UK.

It was reported this week that Co-op Israel, one of the country’s largest cross-sector tertiary businesses, would be opening supermarkets in Britain under a 50-50 partnership agreement with Co-op Britain.

The plans were allegedly announced following a meeting in Manchester last Tuesday between Co-op Israel chief Rami Mandel, heading a 12-strong delegation, and Dame Pauline Green, the chief executive of Co-operatives UK.

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Three are honoured by New Israel Fund

By Simon Rocker, December 4, 2008

Three Israelis who strive to make their country live up to its founding ideals were honoured for their achievements on Tuesday.

Around 280 guests acclaimed the recipients of this year’s New Israel Fund’s Human Rights Awards at a central London dinner sponsored by the Pears Foundation.

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JNF praised for openness

December 4, 2008

JNF UK has made “a vast improvement” in providing information about its spending, according to Intelligent Giving, an independent organisation which monitors charities.

British Jewry’s third largest fundraising organisation received a 60 per cent rating from IG for openness and transparency .

That compares favourably with JNF’s previous scores of 32 per cent and 25 per cent, which had placed it close to the bottom of the list of Jewish charities evaluated.

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Speak at the grave: with reservations

By Simon Rocker, December 4, 2008

The United Synagogue this week finally cleared the way for lay people to give eulogies at funerals.

The organisation had come under increasing pressure to change a long-standing policy whereby only members of the clergy could address mourners at the cemetery.

From now on, a member of the deceased’s family will be able to give the hesped (eulogy) at the discretion of the officiating rabbi.

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