UK news

TUC vote to extend Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, September 14, 2010

The Trades Union Congress has voted to continue its boycott of Israeli goods from West Bank settlements and strengthen its links with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

A motion passed at the TUC congress in Manchester this afternoon stopped short of agreeing to a full boycott of Israel.

The TUC had been expected to extend its boycotts policy and encourage further disinvestment.


Readers fund CCTV for vandalised synagogue

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2010

Surveillance equipment worth more than £1,500 has been installed at a Lithuanian synagogue vandalised in an antisemitic attack, following an appeal on the JC website.

An anonymous donor responded to the request to provide the synagogue in Kaunas in central Lithuania with CCTV cameras after extremists left a pig’s head outside the building.


Couple die in Bournemouth car tragedy

By Robyn Rosen, September 13, 2010

A Jewish couple from north London have died after a car collided with them as they walked along a road on holiday in Bournemouth.

Alan and Rochelle Bernard, members of Northwood United Synagogue, were declared dead at the scene after a silver Mercedes crashed into them at 10.35pm on Banks Road in Sandbanks on Saturday.

The 51 and 53-year-old, who had a holiday home in Bournemouth, had three children, aged between 17 and 27.

Another injured woman was taken to Poole Hospital and has since been released.

A 33-year-old Poole man has been arrested on suspicion of driving offences.


Woman hospitalised after new year car theft

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2010

A Jewish woman from Hendon was attacked by four men on her way home from a Rosh Hashanah meal.

The 57-year-old was left with a bruised thigh and cut on her knee after thieves broke into her home and stole her car.

She and her family returned just before midnight on Thursday to find the men in the process of stealing the car, which had been parked in her driveway.

The woman attempted to stop the burglary by standing in front of the car, but the men knocked her down and drove off.


Tesco Rosh Hashanah deliveries drama

By Jessica Elgot, September 8, 2010

Rosh Hashanah shoppers in Golders Green were alarmed this morning after a website glitch meant online shopping from Tesco did not arrive.

Several customers reported that they had been concerned their shopping would not arrive in time for Rosh Hashanah, with one woman reporting the shopping had not appeared for her dinner plans for 27 people. Only the Golders Green store was believed to have been affected.


Jewish star joins Strictly Come Dancing

By Jennifer Lipman, September 8, 2010

Actress Felicity Kendal has been named as one of 14 celebrities competing in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Ms Kendal, who converted to Judaism after marrying theatre director Michael Rudman, is perhaps best known for her three year stint as Barbara in The Good Life.

She has since starred in television drama Rosemary & Thyme and recently appeared on stage in the George Bernard Shaw play Mrs Warren’s Profession.


Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Britain

September 7, 2010

The JC has learned that Benajmin Netanyahu is to visit Britain in early November.

The Israeli Prime Minister will meet the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and will be the keynote speaker at the annual dinner of BICOM, the Israel lobbying organisation, on 1st November.

At this stage his full schedule has yet to be agreed but there are no plans yet for other communal meetings, although this may change.


New strategy for Labour Friends of Israel

By Marcus Dysch, September 7, 2010

Labour Friends of Israel has appointed a new director to oversee the parliamentary lobby group's work.

Jennifer Gerber replaces former director Luciana Berger, who was elected as an MP for the Liverpool Wavertree constituency in May.

Ms Gerber, from Finchley, north London, is a former director of Progress, a New Labour pressure group promoting radical and progressive politics.

She edited its magazine, for which she has written articles on Israel and antisemitism.


Ashmolean leaves Judaism out of world faiths show

By Simon Rocker, September 7, 2010

Britain's oldest museum, the Ashmolean in Oxford, has defended the exclusion of Judaism from a panel on world religions.

Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, a Jewish academic who lives in the city, had believed the display would be changed after he questioned the omission.

But the museum, which reopened last November after a major redevelopment, believes it would be "inappropriate" to alter the wording.

It added that a new "Jewish trail" linking items of Jewish interest in the museum was in the pipeline.


BBC 'failed to part with key facts on Israel'

By Robyn Rosen, September 7, 2010

The BBC failed to answer 80 per cent of Freedom of Information requests submitted about Israel and Jews.

The FoI website, What Do They Know, published the 3,701 requests not directly related to journalism, sent to the BBC since the act became law in 2005.

Of these, the broadcaster withheld information in response to 497 queries. Of the 17 requests about Israel or Jews, 14 were not given answers, including one asking for all correspondence between the BBC and the Israeli embassy on the subject of Gaza.