UK news

Downturn ‘will fuel antisemitism’

By Simon Rocker, November 13, 2008

British Jewish leaders are warning that the worsening economy could lead to a rise in antisemitism and increased support for the British National Party.

Henry Grunwald, president of the Board of Deputies and chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, said this week: "We're already seeing and hearing things about who is responsible for the economic downturn and we know from history that when there are economic problems, there has always been an increase in antisemitism."


Chiefs groom UK Jewry’s next leaders

By Simon Rocker, November 13, 2008

A review is to be carried out into the future funding of British Jewry, the Jewish Leadership Council announced this week.

The inquiry will be the first project of the JLC's new leadership network, a group of activists in their 30s and 40s who are being groomed to be the "leaders of tomorrow".


Images a war photographer could not bear to look at

By Candice Krieger, November 13, 2008

Vimages so disturbing that the photographer who took them refused to look at them for more than 40 years are being exhibited by his widow.

George Rodger told her before he died that they should be seen so that people would know the truth about the Holocaust.

In 1945, the 37-year-old British photo-journalist went to the death camps at Bergen-Belsen. He is believed to be the first photographer to have done so, where he photographed "nice compositions in front of dead bodies".


No Peres visit to UK war plaque

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 13, 2008

A ceremony to unveil a plaque commemorating British diplomats who saved Nazi victims has been dropped from the schedule of President Shimon Peres' official visit to Britain next week.

Jewish organisations had objected to the wording of the plaque.


Brave Jason loses fight

By Candice Krieger, November 12, 2008

Accountant Jason Boas has died after a year-long fight with cancer.

Jason attracted a huge following by regularly blogging about his experiences on YouTube after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last October. He died on Tuesday night, aged 34.

His broken-hearted father Barry Boas paid tribute to his son's bravery. "He is now out of pain and that's a small mercy.


BNP targets kids for new "White Pride" campaign

By Marcus Dysch, November 11, 2008

The British National Party is targeting schoolchildren as part of a new campaign to promote "white pride".
Members of its youth and student group have launched ‘White History Month', which will take place throughout November, with the party hoping to "counterbalance" the internationally-recognised Black History Month.


Airline bans student in passport photo dispute

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2008

The mother of a London yeshivah student is still trying to claim compensation from an Israeli airline after her son was refused permission by a security officer from boarding a flight to Tel Aviv in the summer.

Aaron Friedman, 17, was stopped from taking an Israir flight from Stansted in June because, according to his mother, the security officer said he did not look like his passport photo. He was forced to buy another ticket to travel to Israel with El Al four days later.


Outrage as Hizbollah man is allowed in

By Marcus Dysch, November 6, 2008

The Home Office has been attacked for allowing Hizbollah-linked journalist Ibrahim Mousawi to enter Britain, days after Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced plans to keep hate preachers out of the country.

Mr Mousawi edits the Al Intiqad journal in Lebanon and previously worked for the Shi'ite TV station, Al Manar.


Swastika greets shul visitors

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 6, 2008

A two-foot high swastika was daubed on the front wall of a Manchester synagogue - only hours before a senior policeman and local politicians made an official visit.

The wall at Whitefield Synagogue was defaced in the early hours of Saturday. Shortly afterwards, a special service for Jewish ex-servicemen was held at the synagogue, attended by MP Ivan Lewis, council leaders and the area's police inspector. A barmitzvah was also overshadowed by the incident.


School made to change entry rules

By Leon Symons, November 6, 2008

A state-aided Jewish secondary school has been ordered to change its admissions criteria to make clear it will admit non-Jewish children if it cannot fill all its places with Jewish pupils.