UK news

Karlin dies at 85

June 10, 2011

The actress who became famous for her trademark shout of "Everybody out!" in TV's The Rag Trade, Miriam Karlin, died last Friday in London aged 85. Ms Karlin starred as Golde in the orginal London production of Fiddler on the Roof and was a committed socialist.


BNP 'can teach'

June 10, 2011

Schools will not be able to sack teachers who are members of the BNP under proposed new rules, despite a previous pledge by Education Secretary Michael Gove. The Teachers' Standards Review does not provide new powers to deal with extremist teachers.


Tzedek is consulted

June 10, 2011

Tzedek, the international development charity, is among faith groups advising the government on how to deploy overseas aid.The Department for International Development (DfID) has set up a working group to explore partnerships with religious communities.


Library admits failure over 'Jewish plot' book

By Robyn Rosen, June 10, 2011

Camden Council has admitted that a series of failures led to a book entitled Are English Jews responsible for 9/11? being available on the shelves of a library for the last two years.

Gillian Freedman, a member of Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, discovered the book, by Devdas Pradesh and published in America, in Kilburn Library's modern history section.


Nazi refugee story to star at Fringe

By Robyn Rosen and Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

An American teacher is to bring to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival the true story of a child who fled Nazi-occupied Austria, after her diary was donated to him.

Andrew Geha, a teacher at Friends Academy, a Quaker school in New York, was given the diary of Inge Fischer by her niece Lisa Waldstein.


Israeli author wins prestigious Jewish literary award

By Gerald Jacobs, June 10, 2011

Israeli novelist David Grossman has won the 2011 Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize, the UK's foremost Jewish literature award. Early this week, a packed audience in the Stern Pissarro Gallery, off Pall Mall, heard writer Lisa Appignanesi, this year's chair of the JQ-Wingate judges, announce the result of the most eagerly awaited contest for many years.


Bid to show the 'true face of Hamas'

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

Campaigners from a new grassroots group which pledges to "expose Hamas's true face" say they will step up their efforts to inform the British public about the Islamic resistance movement.

The independent Campaign For Truth will also encourage the media to report more accurately on Hamas's ideology.

On Sunday, activists took part in a leafleting session on London's Oxford Street and at Marble


Getting grassroots out: Israeli deputy ambassador optimistic

By Marcus Dysch, June 10, 2011

Community leaders must do everything possible to encourage grassroots supporters of Israel, according to its deputy ambassador to Britain.

Alon Roth-Snir said last month's We Believe in Israel conference had provided the perfect platform for members of the Jewish community to speak up and challenge delegitimisation and the boycott campaign.

Mr Roth-Snir said: "People want to do something an


UK dithers on Durban follow-up conference

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

British Jewish organisations have called on the UK government to follow in the footsteps of the United States and boycott the follow-up to the Durban conference.

Last week the American administration said that the US would not attend the United Nations event in September, because it would be wrong to commemorate the "ugly displays of intolerance and antisemitism" of the conference of September


Yachad offers a different Jerusalem

By Jessica Elgot, June 10, 2011

Leaders from progressive youth movements will meet Palestinian activists and West Bank settlers this summer.

Senior members of the Reform and Liberal Jewish youth movements will take part in a day-long session run by alternative Israel advocacy group Yachad, before the arrival of tour participants for the Israel summer programme.

The day in east Jerusalem, on June 22, will include meeting me