UK news

'Appalling' result for BNP at local elections

By Jennifer Lipman, May 6, 2011

The British National Party has suffered defeats in council seats across the United Kingdom.

The far-right party lost all of its five city council seats in Stoke-on-Trent, and both of its seats in North West Leicestershire.

In the Barpool ward on Nuneaton and Bedworth borough council, where the party already had one councillor, the BNP failed to win a second seat.


Unlawful killing verdict for 7/7 bomb victims

By Robyn Rosen, May 6, 2011

A coroner at the inquest into the 7/7 suicide bomb attacks in London has made nine recommendations after ruling that the victims were unlawfully killed.

Lady Justice Hallett produced a report today at the end of a 19 week inquest into the deaths of 52 people, including three Jewish victims, who were killed after four bombers targeted three Tube trains and one bus in the capital in 2005.


Chief Rabbi warns Lords on Hamas

By Jennifer Lipman, May 5, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has given the government a stern warning about peace in the Middle East, marking the first time he has spoken about Israel in the House of Lords.

The comments came during a debate in Parliament yesterday about the Middle East peace process.


Anglo-Israeli ties under microscope

By Jessica Elgot, May 5, 2011

Israel's former deputy prime minister - Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky - and Britain's Defence Secretary Liam Fox will be among the key presenters at the UK's largest-ever Israel advocacy conference next weekend.


Sara steps in to help the Globe

By Robyn Rosen, May 5, 2011

An American Jewish publisher has donated £1 million towards the creation of an indoor Jacobean theatre at Shakespeare's Globe.

Sara Miller McCune, founder and executive chairwoman of academic publishers, Sage, visited the site of the £7 million project in London this week and met the Globe's honorary president, actress Zoe Wanamaker.


Jewish charity sector collects £750m a year

By Simon Rocker, May 5, 2011

The Jewish charity sector in the UK has an annual income of up to three quarters of a billion pounds a year, according to a new national online database.

There are 1,753 Jewish charities and foundations with a combined income of £739 million, according to a search of the Charity Trends site which has been launched by the Charities Aid Foundation.


Jewish museum to open Saturdays

By Simon Rocker, May 5, 2011

The Jewish Museum in London's decision to open on Saturdays from the end of this month could set a precedent for other Jewish cultural institutions.

The museum, which reopened last year in expanded premises in Camden, hopes to attract more non-Jewish visitors on Saturday as part of its brief to further interfaith understanding.


Rabbis join call for a living wage

By Simon Rocker, May 5, 2011

Two senior rabbis joined a special interfaith event in central London on Monday to mark the 10th anniversary of a pioneering anti-poverty campaign.

Rabbi Danny Rich, chief executive of Liberal Judaism, and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, senior rabbi of the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues, gave their support to the Citizens UK campaign for a living wage.


University bans anti-Zionist Atzmon speech

By Marcus Dysch, May 5, 2011

The University of Westminster has cancelled an event it was due to host featuring Israeli anti-Zionist Gilad Atzmon.

A panel discussion examining "Israel criminality in the wake of the Goldstone Retract" was due to be held in a rented room at the university on Tuesday, but was called off last week.


UK joins March of the Living

By Jessica Elgot, May 5, 2011

The first full British delegation to the March of the Living joined Jews from all over the world this week in Poland to remember the victims of the Holocaust.