UK news

Glasgow law professor wins Israeli scholarship

By Jennifer Lipman, February 4, 2011

A leading British law professor has been awarded a prestigious scholarship by the British Friends of the Hebrew University (BFHU) for work promoting understanding between Israel and the UK.

Glasgow University professor Adam Tomkins is this year’s recipient of the Hailsham Scholarship, which has been awarded since 1987 to honour the contribution of influential legal academics.


Ed Miliband meets Jewish leadership

By Martin Bright, February 4, 2011

Labour leader Ed Miliband has agreed to visit a Jewish school in the next few weeks as part of an attempt to build trust with the community. Mr Miliband made the pledge at dinner with the trustees of the Jewish Leadership Council, organised to mend fences and clarify the Labour Party's position on Israel.

The dinner for Mr Miliband, hosted by Sir Trevor Chinn, took place on January 12 at Dukes Hotel in St James's in central London and was described as "a very useful constructive dinner" by one Labour source.


Councillor refused to sign Holocaust Memorial Day book

February 4, 2011

● Because Jews use the Holocaust as propaganda

● Because Zionism's like the Final Solution

● Because it's a recipe for more mass murder

●...but some of his best friends are, yes, Jewish


School row on Holocaust Memorial Day

By Robyn Rosen, February 4, 2011

A church minister allegedly used an address at a Holocaust Memorial Day assembly at a Scottish school to accuse Israel of its own Holocaust.

Reverend David Smith, minister of the Kirk of the Holy Rood in Grangemouth, Falkirk, made the comments after he lit a memorial candle at the assembly at Grangemouth High School last Thursday.


BBC rows back on Louis Theroux publicity

February 4, 2011

The BBC has had to backtrack after it sent out an incorrect publicity notice describing hard-line Zionists featured in a Louis Theroux film as "possibly the biggest threat to world peace today".

A corrected version of the billing had to be resent after the JC contacted the BBC to ask about the description, which included the lines: "In part these men and women are a tiny group of religious extremists who claim they are acting on divine promises from thousands of years ago.

"In part they are possibly the biggest threat to world peace today."


Liberals take stand

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 4, 2011

A group of women from the Liberal Jewish Community in Manchester are fighting for Jerusalem's Women of the Wall and are taking a stand for their own community's right to exist.

Manchester's newly inaugurated Liberal Jewish Community, the first such in the North West, is holding a Friday night service tonight which will protest against an Israeli ban on women being able to sing and read the Torah at Jerusalem's Western Wall.

The service will take place at Cross Street Chapel in central Manchester.


All aboard for trips to 'you know where'

By Marcus Dysch, February 4, 2011

A travel firm has admitted that its advert for a tour of Israel fails to mention the country's name because it wanted to "avoid upsetting anyone".

Riviera Travel runs an eight-day trip to sample the "enduring appeal of Jerusalem, Galilee and the Dead Sea".

Michael Wright, Riviera's managing director, said Israel had been omitted due to the "overwhelming desire to avoid upsetting anyone". He added: "We are just tour operators."

He said the company had taken a lead from the Advertising Standards Authority, which banned an advert describing the Western Wall as part of Israel.


Dead Sea firm boycotted? Their lease was up

By Robyn Rosen, February 4, 2011

The manager of a shopping centre in Ireland has attacked claims by anti-Israel protesters as "complete fabrication," after they said he had promised that a Dead Sea cosmetics company would not be allowed to trade on the premises.

Protesters from the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign demonstrated by the Premier Dead Sea Cosmetics stall in the Johnston Court shopping centre in Sligo on January 22. They claimed the company "helps fund the Israeli apartheid regime, its brutal occupation of Palestine and its illegal settlements in the West Bank".


Lithuania accused over Holocaust event

By Simon Rocker, February 4, 2011

Controversy has broken out over a conference, jointly sponsored by the Lithuanian government, on the country's wartime record which is due to take place in London next week.

A petition expressing concern at the Lithuanian government's attitude to the Holocaust has been signed by among others Lord Janner, Denis McShane MP and Rabbi Barry Marcus, who organises Holocaust education trips.


Guttentag and Wolfe will galvanise the grassroots

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 4, 2011

A major conference to galvanise Jewish activists to fight public demonisation of Israel is being planned for Manchester, probably in May.

Joint president of the Zionist Federation, Joy Wolfe, said there was "a growing awareness" across the UK's Jewish leadership of an urgent need for a major tactic change to match the web of far-left activists and groups like the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign.