UK news

Winters failed to tell truth in court

By Simon Rocker, October 17, 2008

Simon Winters, the former chief executive of JNF UK, was this week castigated by a High Court judge for failing to tell the truth in a failed legal action he brought against leading lawyers Mishcon de Reya.

Mr Winters, who left the charity he had headed since 1996 this summer, had sought an injunction to stop Mishcon acting for JNF in a dispute over the termination of his employment, claiming that there was a conflict of interest because the lawyers had previously acted personally for him.


Two deny drugs claims

October 16, 2008

Two Israelis, one in his 80s, have pleaded not guilty to importing cannabis into Britain, while a third has pleaded guilty.

Moshe Kedar, 81, and Mordechai Hersh, 66, will face trial at Winchester Crown Court in February next year.

Yehezkel Srebro, 56, pleaded guilty but will not be sentenced until later. Another six people are charged with the same offences.

All nine were charged following arrests in Southampton in April, in connection with alleged drug-trafficking.


New Editor for the JC

October 16, 2008

The author and journalist Stephen Pollard has been appointed as the new editor of the Jewish Chronicle.

He will take up his position in mid-November.

Mr Pollard, 43, a frequent contributor to the Times and the Daily Mail, has a regular blog on the political magazine, The Spectator, and is the chair of the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism.

He is also the biographer of the former Home Secretary, David Blunkett.


Financial crisis? That will be the Jews’ fault

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 10, 2008

A new anti-Jewish conspiracy theory was spawned on the internet this week, latching on to a wave of antisemitic online comments blaming Jewish financiers for the global credit crunch and then exploiting it.

According to the latest false theory, Jewish executives at Lehman Brothers sent $400 billion (£230bn) to Israel before the bank collapsed last month.


Sketch: The PM as ‘mensch’

By Jenni Frazer, October 10, 2008

Gordon Brown's long-dormant oratory skills certainly galvanised his UJIA audience at London's Hilton Hotel on Monday night.

He made them laugh: "I'm the man who had to tell Nelson Mandela who Amy Winehouse was," capping this with the possibly apocryphal story that Ms Winehouse sang "Free Blakey, he's my fella" to the tune of "Free Nelson Mandela" at the great man's 90th birthday concert this summer.


Bergen-Belsen liberator dies at 95

By Marcus Dysch, October 10, 2008

Reverend Leslie Hardman - the Army chaplain who participated in the liberation of Bergen-Belsen and was Hendon Synagogue minister from 1946 to 1982 - died on Tuesday, aged 95.

Leading the tributes, United Synagogue chief executive Jeremy Jacobs said: "He was one of our most senior and most respected ministers, a man full of compassion who dedicated his life to our community."
Holocaust Educational Trust chairman Lord Janner recalled "an outstandingly supportive presence who did so much to lift the morale of survivors".


Eastenders go west for a shul wedding

October 10, 2008

A North-West London synagogue became a temporary EastEnders set this week, as film crews arrived to shoot a scene there for the BBC drama.

Cast, crew and a host of extras from the show were based at Hendon United Synagogue on Monday to shoot scenes under the chuppah.

But a spokeswoman for the BBC was tight-lipped when asked which of Albert Square's residents would be getting hitched.

She would only reveal that the marriage involves a non-Jewish character returning to the show.


Nazi map sale enrages dealer

By Marcus Dysch, October 10, 2008

An auctioneer has defended the sale of a map drawn by Hitler's personal physician and signed by four other Nazi concentration camp officers.

The map, showing the 340-mile route from Dachau to Paderborn, in north Germany, fetched £190 at Wallis & Wallis auction house in Lewes, Sussex, on Tuesday.

It was described by the company as "fascinating", and formed part of a collection of "Imperial German and Third Reich items".


Beth Din set to hear mikveh pleas

By Simon Rocker, October 10, 2008

The London Beth Din has agreed to hear a dispute into the building of a mikveh in Cambridge which has split the trustees of the charity set up to support it.

David Gilinsky, of the Cambridge Community Mikvah Charitable Trust, has filed a complaint against his fellow trustees over alleged delays in plans to build the city's first ritual bath.


MP backs denier’s ‘right to free speech’

By Candice Krieger, October 10, 2008

Liberal Democratic home-affairs spokesman Chris Huhne has defended the right of convicted Holocaust-denier Frederick Toben to make antisemitic comments and deny the Holocaust.

German-born Toben, 64, faces extradition from the UK to Germany under an EU arrest warrant for allegedly publishing material online "of an antisemitic and/or revisionist nature".

He appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London last Friday, where he was remanded in custody ahead of a bail hearing today.