UK news

Bus missile victim dies after coma

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 21, 2011

Daniel Viflic, the 16-year-old Yeshiva student who was critically wounded in the missile attack on a school bus two weeks ago, passed away on Sunday after spending ten days in a coma.

The missile was launched by the military wing of Hamas from within the Gaza Strip and hit a bus that had just dropped off dozens of school children at nearby Kibbutz Nahal Oz.


Broadcast regulator rejects every complaint on Promise

By Robyn Rosen, April 21, 2011

Ofcom has rejected scores of complaints about the impartiality and inaccuracy of the TV series The Promise, and defended it as a "serious television drama, not presented as a historical re-creation".


Proms return for Israel Philharmonic

By Jessica Elgot, April 21, 2011

Israel's most celebrated orchestra is to mark its 75th anniversary with a concert at this year's BBC Proms.

The Royal Albert Hall concert will be led by the IPO's long-standing conductor Zubin Mehta, who is celebrating 50 years with the orchestra this year. The concert will take place on Thursday September 1.


Manchester maternity meltdown

April 15, 2011

NHS plans to close Greater Manchester maternity units is leaving Orthodox Jews in north Manchester only one hospital within walking distance over Shabbat and Yomtov.


Mystery anti-Israel poster death in Rusholme

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 15, 2011

Police have launched a major enquiry after a woman whose house was adorned with an anti-Israel poster was found dead inside her burning home.

Police, ambulance and fire crews discovered the body of a woman, named locally as Emma Flynn, 47, at a house in Rusholme, south Manchester.


Charity Commission raps Chabad accounts

By Simon Rocker, April 14, 2011

One of the community's leading religious charities, the Lubavitch Foundation, is more than five months behind in filing accounts with the Charity Commission.

The charity watchdog said that it had sent "numerous" reminders to the foundation whose latest accounts, for the year 2009, which have been overdue since the end of last October.


Board: make Gilad Shalit your Fifth Son

April 14, 2011

A new Pesach appeal encouraging families to remember the plight of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is being promoted in Britain.

It is hoped that the Gilad Shalit – Fifth Son project will result in Jewish families using part of their Sedarim to pray for him and other Israeli troops.


Blair: Shalit capture is totally inhumane

April 14, 2011

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has pledged to do whatever he can to improve the conditions of captured Israeli Sergeant Gilad Shalit.

Mr Blair, special Middle East envoy to the Quartet, received a 200,000-signature petition in his Jerusalem offices last week presented by Stuart Glyn, chairman of Magen David Adom UK.


Reprieve for Israel studies at SOAS

By Simon Rocker, April 14, 2011

One of British Jewry's leading family charities, the Pears Foundation, has stepped in to safeguard the immediate future of Israel studies at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies.


Split over future of genetic screening

By Robyn Rosen, April 14, 2011

Jewish Care, the main provider of Tay-Sachs screening in the Jewish community, has expressed concern that the government advisory body on human genetics has given the green light to free genetic screening to all.

A report by the Human Genetics Commission last week found that pre-conception screening would provide "greater patient choice".