UK news

Sudden amendment for war crime arrest law

By Martin Bright, March 29, 2011

A last minute amendment to the Police Bill proposed by the Labour front bench would establish specialist units with the Crown Prosecution Service and the Metropolitan Police to speed up decisions about the arrest of war criminals.

The amendment has been tabled by Shadow Police and Criminal Justice Minister Vernon Coaker.


Stacey Solomon named celeb mum of the year

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2011

Stacey Solomon has been voted Celebrity Mum of the Year.

The I'm as Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here winner, mother of toddler Zachary, was chosen by voters over fellow Jewish singer Rachel Stevens.

Queen Elizabeth II, Samantha Cameron and Miriam Clegg were also in the running in the Foxy Bingo contest.


Guilty plea for man who harassed the Jewish Chronicle

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2011

A man has pleaded guilty to racially aggravated harassment against the Jewish Chronicle.

William James Hannaford of Euston pleaded guilty to one charge at the Old Bailey on Monday morning.

During a three month period last year Hannaford phoned the Jewish Chronicle office hundreds of times, shouting about “dirty rotten Jews” and “Jewish cockroaches".


Louise Bagshawe still waiting for BBC to explain Fogel failures

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2011

Louise Bagshawe has received thousands of messages of support for bringing to public attention the BBC’s poor coverage of the Fogel family massacre – but is still yet to hear an explanation from the broadcaster.


St John’s Wood alarm shooter sentenced

By Robyn Rosen, March 28, 2011

A multi-millionaire businessman who shot his neighbour's fire alarm to stop it ringing in the middle of the night has been sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid community service.

Peter Shalson, 53, was investigated by police after a shotgun was fired at the property next to his detached home in St John’s Wood, north west London, in January 2010.


Anti-Zionist Nir Rosen resigns from LSE, after two days

By Jessica Elgot, March 28, 2011

Pro-Hizbollah journalist Nir Rosen has resigned from a controversial fellowship at LSE, just days after announcing his appointment.

Mr Rosen, a staunch anti-Zionist, announced on Friday that he had been appointed a Fellow at LSE's Centre for Global Governance.

He was widely criticised in February for comments he made about the sexual assault of CBS reporter Lara Logan.


'Appalling' for Jewish music festival to reject Israeli funding

By Jessica Elgot, March 25, 2011

A trustee of the Jewish Music Institute has expressed his anger and frustration that the organisation turned down Israeli funding for a conference under pressure from boycotters.

David Mencer, a former director of the Labour Friends of Israel, attacked the “appalling lack of judgment and moral character in [the JMI's] distancing itself from Israel."


Police break up 'drink and sex' Purim party

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 25, 2011

Three hundred young Purim revellers in Manchester were moved on by police for drinking, dangerous driving and what was described as "explicit behaviour" on the front lawn of a yeshivah.

Jewish teenagers mainly from the Prestwich, Whitefield and south Manchester areas, descended on the Broughton Park area of north Manchester on Saturday night, prompted by a Facebook alert.


Synagogue doors damaged in break-in

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 25, 2011

A Manchester synagogue is to bolster security after a break-in.

Congregants of the Shaarei Mordechai synagogue in Prestwich, which was built just a year and a half ago, came to morning prayers last Friday to discover its ornate wooden front doors had been prised apart and damaged because security bolts had been ripped off. No damage was reported inside the building.


Now Bob Geldof does like Mondays

By Jennifer Lipman, March 25, 2011

Bob Geldof is to make his first trip to Israel to accept an honorary degree from Ben Gurion University.

And the Boomtown Rat, who shot to fame with I Don't Like Mondays, will have to change his tune - because the ceremony is planned for Monday May 30.

The award marks his anti-poverty campaigns such as the Live Aid and Live 8 concerts and his work with a range of charities.