UK news

Quick connections for Israel-Manchester bmi flights

By Jessica Elgot, August 25, 2009

Bmi has changed its flight schedule from Manchester to London Heathrow in order to better align connections with flights to Tel Aviv.

There will be seven daily flights available from Manchester to Heathrow which passengers can use to connect to flights to Tel Aviv.

bmi’s managing director, Dominic Paul, said: “The new schedule between Manchester and Heathrow demonstrates our commitment to providing a more seamless service for our customer.


Netanyahu meets Brown at Downing St

By Marcus Dysch, August 25, 2009

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his British counterpart Gordon Brown have held Downing Street talks on the future of the Middle East peace process.

The leaders discussed the future development of West Bank settlements and the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear programme.


Protests over Binyamin Netanyahu's London visit

By Jessica Elgot, August 25, 2009

Hundreds of protesters greeted Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu outside Downing Street as he met Gordon Brown.

Police detained a number of people in the crowds, and activists waved Palestinian flags and banners which said “Free Palestine”.

The protesters attempted to block the entrance to Downing Street, where security was tight as members of the press arrived for a briefing with both politicians.


Binyamin Netanyahu arrives in London

By Jessica Elgot, August 25, 2009

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu arrived in London last night for a meeting on Wednesday with US special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell.

Last night Mr Netanyahu met senior UK media figures for a private briefing.

He will meet Gordon Brown at noon today, after a meeting this morning with Jewish community leaders.

Mr Netanyahu has a scheduled four hour meeting with George Mitchell tomorrow morning, where the two men will reportedly attempt to ease the current tension between their states over settlement construction.


Samurai sword attack on couple

By Robyn Rosen, August 24, 2009

A couple who were attacked by samurai sword-wielding neighbours in their Marylebone home are outraged after the pair walked free from court.

Madeline and Simon Korn said they were “disgusted” after Mrs Freddie Booker-Carson was given an absolute discharge after admitting common assault.

Mrs Booker-Carson’s husband, Simon, was earlier given a suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm after he attacked Mr Korn in October last year.


Ex- JC reporter cleared of assault

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2009

A former JC reporter has been cleared of assaulting her neighbour in an argument over her children’s football.

Susannah Marmot, 42, was found not guilty at the Old Bailey after just half an hour of jury deliberations. She faced one charge of actual bodily harm.

Mrs Marmot, of Edgware, north west London, was accused of attacking George Louka and leaving him needing 10 stitches following a row outside their homes in October last year. He had confiscated a ball belonging to the children after it rolled into his garden.


Swastika mystery in Aberystwyth

By Marcus Dysch, August 20, 2009

A series of alledged antisemitic attacks are being investigated by police in a Welsh seaside town where strictly Orthodox Jews were on holiday.

Officers in Aberystwyth responded to reports of swastikas painted on grass and sheets of paper daubed with the Nazi symbol being scattered near a student village where dozens of Chasidic Jews were staying.

But Dyfed-Powys police said they had found no evidence of the grass incident and had received no complaints from the Jewish visitors.


Rabbis row over settlements

By Robyn Rosen, August 20, 2009

A row has broken out after a senior Reform rabbi publicly attacked two high-profile Progressive colleagues over comments made about Israel.

Rabbi Steven Katz, senior minister at Hendon Reform Synagogue, spoke out after the JC published the opinions of prominent British Jews on the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Britain later this month.


Food writer Joanna Blythman calls for Israel boycott

By Keren David, August 20, 2009

A call for food retailers to boycott all Israeli goods has been condemned by the Israeli ambassador and anti-boycott campaigners.

In an article for trade magazine The Grocer this week, prominent food writer Joanna Blythman calls on retailers and importers “actively to look for alternatives to so-called Israeli produce”.


Ivan Lewis on Israel visit calls for Gilad Shalit release

By Robyn Rosen, August 20, 2009

Ivan Lewis, the Middle East minister, has asked the Palestinian leadership for help in securing the release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Making his first visit to Israel and the territories since taking up his Foreign Office post in June, Mr Lewis spent four days in the region. The trip followed a visit to Syria and Lebanon earlier this month.

Mr Lewis, MP for Bury South, a former vice-chairman of Labour Friends of Israel and chief executive of the Manchester Jewish Federation, said his aim was to help realise the goal of a two-state solution.