UK news

Church apologises to rabbi for 'ambush'

By Marcus Dysch, April 1, 2010

A rabbi has received an apology from a church group after the controversial play Seven Jewish Children was performed at the end of a conference discussing Israel and the Palestinians.

Rabbi Professor Dan Cohn-Sherbok was a speaker alongside Palestinian colleague Dawoud El-Alami (they are co-authors of a book on the conflict) at the lecture series The Holy Land: Whose Land Is It? in Ludlow, Shropshire.


Rabbi: We're in denial about cocaine

By Simon Rocker, April 1, 2010

The Jewish community, says one drug addiction expert, is in denial about the rising use of drugs - particularly cocaine.

David Smallwood is head of the addiction treatment programme at the Priory in Southgate, which is in an area with a large Jewish population.


Club nights 'cashing in' on Jewish charities

By Marcus Dysch, April 1, 2010

Charity executives have expressed serious concerns over the actions of promotions companies which organise events aimed at young Jewish party-goers.

Club nights run by commercial enterprises, which donate a percentage of their proceeds to charity, are now regular fixtures on the Jewish social scene.

But the JC has been told of concerns that the charities are receiving smaller shares of the profits than expected, and anxiety that potential donors are being drawn away from traditional fundraising ventures.


Jerusalem Quartet blast concert disruption

By Jessica Elgot, April 1, 2010

The Jerusalem Quartet have called the disruption of their performance at London’s Wigmore Hall “irrational” and “ignorant.”

The lunchtime performance, being broadcast live on BBC Radio Three, was taken off air partway through the concert on Monday afternoon after protesters disrupted the event. But the musicians played on and completed the Mozart and Ravel concert programme.


Protesters disrupt Jerusalem Quartet broadcast

By Jenni Frazer, March 29, 2010

A lunchtime performance by the Jerusalem Quartet at London’s Wigmore Hall, being broadcast live on BBC Radio Three, was taken off air partway through the concert on Monday afternoon after protesters disrupted the event. But the musicians played on and completed the Mozart and Ravel concert programme.


MP: Israel's tentacles will steal the election

By Martin Bright and Robyn Rosen, March 29, 2010

The election campaign took a distinctly unpleasant turn last week as pro-Palestinian MPs suggested the “Israel lobby” would play a behind-the-scenes role in key constituencies.

Martin Linton, chair of Labour Friends of Palestine, told a meeting at the House of Commons held by the Palestine Solidarity

Campaign and Friends of al-Aqsa: “There are long tentacles of Israel in this country who are funding election campaigns and putting money into the British political system for their own ends.


Jeremiah Duggan's mother praises documentary

By Robyn Rosen, March 29, 2010

The mother of Jewish student, Jeremiah Duggan, who died under suspicious circumstances seven years ago, has praised a Channel 4 documentary about his death but added it could have been “braver”.

Mr Duggan was found dead aged 22 on a highway near Wiesbaden, Germany in March 2003 while attending a youth event organised by the far-right LaRouche group.

A Cutting Edge documentary on Thursday, called Lost Abroad: The Parents’ story , follows Mrs Duggan through Germany and France as she retraces her son’s final steps.


New Supreme Court Justice Lord Dyson

By Jessica Elgot and Simon Rocker, March 26, 2010

The new Supreme Court now has its full complement of 12 justices with the appointment of Lord Justice John Dyson.

An Appeal Court judge since 2001, Lord Justice Dyson, 66, steps into the vacancy left when Lord Neuberger became Master of the Rolls.

Originally from Leeds, the former Sir John Dyson, a popular judge, was a chairman of the British Friends of the Hebrew University's legal group.

Lord Justice Dyson is the fourth Jewish justice, joining Lord Brown, Lord Collins and Lord Phillips


MP's son sells deadly 'legal high'

By Jessica Elgot and Leon Symons, March 26, 2010

Jewish MP Louise Ellman’s son Sean sold the controversial “legal high” mephedrone – known as “meow meow” – in his chain of drug accessory stores.

Sean Ellman, 37, is the son of Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside, and vice-chair of the Labour Friends of Israel.

Speaking from Liverpool, Mrs Ellman told the JC: "I am aware of the story. This is my son’s business and he is 37 years old. I have no connection with it. I disapprove of the activities reported in The Sun."


UJS: Most dedicated student awards

By Marcus Dysch, March 25, 2010

The UK's most dedicated students have been recognised at the annual Union of Jewish Students awards.

Prizes included a trip to an international conference in Washington DC, a place on a UJIA project in northern Israel and a visit to the former Soviet Union with World Jewish Relief.

Durham University's students won the Developing JSoc of the Year title. Co-presidents Emily Black and Susie Sandle said Durham's new kosher kitchen had boosted membership by 300 per cent in the past 12 months.