UK news

Student glues himself to the PM

By Jessica Ware, July 25, 2008
A Jewish activist campaigning against Heathrow Airport's third runway superglued himself to the Prime Minister at a Downing Street reception.

Dan Glass, 24, a Plane Stupid volunteer, was at Number 10 on Tuesday to receive an award for his campaigning.

As Mr Brown shook his hand, Mr Glass, from Barnet, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, grabbed the Prime Minister's sleeve and said: "This is a non-violent protest. I have superglued myself to the buttons of the Prime Minister. We can't shake away climate change, like you can just shake away my arm."


The council-house single mother of seven divorced against her will

By Simon Rocker, July 25, 2008

Rabbis issue ‘get’ at husband’s request

A London woman this week expressed shock at the prospect of being divorced by a rabbinical court against her will — in part because she allegedly wore clothes it deemed “provocative”.

Karin Gabay, a single mother of seven living in a council house, said she was “devastated” and “completely shocked” by the Sephardi Bet Din decision. She has been in dispute with her former husband over maintenance payments. 


A troubled marriage

By Marcus Dysch, July 25, 2008

When Karin and Asi Gabay first met in a Tel Aviv beach café in 1992, they could never have predicted how their relationship would pan out.

Asi Gabay, 36, who now runs the Chopstix noodle bar in Golders Green, moved to London aged three.

The couple married in 1993 in Holon and settled in North London. Asi began working for his father at his Hendon restaurant, Sami’s.

But disillusioned with life in a new country, and without a job, Karin returned to Israel in 1994, just weeks before the birth of her first child.


Facebook faker found guilty

July 24, 2008
A businessman whose personal details were "laid bare" in fake libellous entries on the Facebook social networking website was awarded £22,000 damages today against a former friend who created the profile.

Mathew Firsht, managing director of Applause Store Productions Ltd, sued an old schoolfriend, freelance cameraman Grant Raphael, for libel and misuse of private information.


MP criticises select committee

By Dana Gloger, July 24, 2008

In a highly  unusual move, an MP on a government select committee has spoken out against its report on development in the Palestinian territories.

Stephen Crabb, Conservative MP for Pembrokeshire is one of 11 members of the International Development Committee who published its report The Humanitarian and Development Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories on Thursday.

This week he said the report had "a narrative that Israel is the aggressor" and was "over the top".


JCC abandons plans for Finchley Road building

July 18, 2008

The Jewish Community Centre for London, the most ambitious cultural project in Anglo-Jewry for a generation, has abandoned its plans for a new building on the site it bought in the capital's Finchley Road.

Instead, the JCC's board has scaled down a project its chief executive, Nick Viner, said would have cost "tens of millions" and has asked its architect to look at much more modest options for a refurbishment of the present building on the site, a disused Mercedes car showroom.


Rabbi gets a police escort to synagogue

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2008

A rabbi has been forced to have a police escort for Shabbat services because he fears for his safety.

For the past two years, officers have followed Rabbi Yossi Schwei as he walks the one-mile route from his Luton home on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.

They began accompanying him as a precaution after youths began hurling verbal abuse at him and his family.


The Sderot tour our PM avoided

By Shelly Paz and Jessica Elgot, July 18, 2008

Although Gordon Brown is visiting Israel next week, the Prime Minister has decided to avoid scheduling a trip to the Kassam-ravaged town of Sderot. The Jewish Chronicle — which has long campaigned for more UK awareness of what we have called “Israel’s unreported war” — believes this to be a lost opportunity for Mr Brown to learn first-hand how Hamas rockets have been tormenting the Negev town’s residents.

So today the JC offers Mr Brown this whistlestop guide to the Sderot that he should be seeing for himself.


Schools ‘will have to accept non-Jews’

By Leon Symons and Simon Rocker, July 18, 2008

Report warns of over-supply of places

Jewish schools in Britain will increasingly have to accept non-Jewish pupils in order to fill their places, a new study predicts.

The first report of the Jewish Leadership Council’s Commission On Jewish Schools says that in London “it is likely that more than one secondary school will be enrolling non-Jewish children in the near future”.


Shalom to a master of foreign reporting

By Simon Rocker, July 18, 2008

Eric Silver, the former Israel correspondent for the JC and The Guardian, died in Jerusalem on Tuesday night aged 73 after a short illness.

The Leeds-born journalist, whose last JC article appeared four weeks ago, worked for The Guardian for 27 years from 1964 and contributed to the JC from 1987. He also wrote for The Independent, Time and Indian and Canadian publications and was the author of a biography of Menachem Begin and a book on non-Jewish saviours of Jews during the Holocaust.