UK news

Golders Green attacker faces jail

By Marcus Dysch, October 28, 2008

An unemployed man faces jail after he was convicted of stabbing a Hatzola volunteer.

Mohamed Jama Ahmed, 37, of North Circular Road, London, was found guilty of two charges of GBH with intent and one of stealing a car at Wood Green Crown Court on October 16.

Charedi emergency service volunteer Zvi Hammond, 43, was off duty and sitting in his car at the time of the attack in Golders Green on April 25.

He was stabbed twice and suffered life-threatening injuries including a collapsed lung, but recovered and was in court to see Ahmed convicted.


Sacks throws rabbis a credit crunch lifeline

By Simon Rocker, October 24, 2008

The Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks, is planning a special seminar next month to equip rabbis to deal with the impact of the financial crisis on their congregants.

Its aim is to help them provide pastoral care, encourage support networks and be aware of the sort of help available, such as the Employment Resource Centre.

He is also inviting some business representatives to advise rabbis on how communities can help.


Battle on to restart Auschwitz trips

By Leon Symons, October 24, 2008

Talks have begun to try to restart educational visits to Auschwitz for Scottish schools, under the auspices of the Holocaust Educational Trust.


JNF’s Israeli charity: ‘conflicts of interest, misrepresented accounts’

October 24, 2008

These are edited extracts from a preliminary investigation carried out for the JNF Charitable Trust by a firm of forensic accountants, Smith & Williamson. The report, dated July 21 2008, was commissioned by the new JNF chairman, Samuel Hayek, amid concerns over allegations of financial mismanagement within the charity, and over the establishment of an Israeli charity, Nes Israel. It emerged in the public domain in a recent court case brought by former JNF chief executive Simon Winters against the charity's lawyers, Mishcon de Reya.


Teachers fight for right to Holy Day leave

By Dana Gloger, October 24, 2008

Teachers have faced particular problems taking time off for the High Holy Days this year, according to their representative body.

Daniel Needlestone, chair of the Jewish Teachers Association, said the problems have been particularly bad because all the Jewish festivals fell on weekdays.

"Some people have faced major problems. It's very hard for teachers to take time off during term time and some schools say teachers are being unreasonable in asking," he said.


Apology to George Galloway

October 24, 2008

Readers of an article published in the August 7 issue may have mistakenly thought that George Galloway, when speaking at an anti-war rally about his support for Hizbollah and its leader, had pointed to Hassan Nasrallah's statement that "the Jews invented the legend of the Nazi atrocities".

In fact, it was the National Union of Students which had pointed to these comments by Hassan Nasrallah when condemning Mr Galloway for this support of the Hizbollah leader.


Union faces legal threat over boycott

By Leon Symons, October 24, 2008

Academics have come out in support of a new move to take the University and College Union to court unless it retracts a national conference resolution that has threatened a "back-door" boycott of Israel.

The anonymous litigants have called on the union, via solicitors Mishcon de Reya, to repay any union funds it may have spent on enacting the motion.

In May the UCU conference passed a resolution asking academics to consider the moral and political  implications of any links with Israeli institutions.


Revealed: the secret JNF cash transfers

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 24, 2008

Hundreds of thousands of pounds were transferred from JNF UK to an Israeli organisation set up by its former leaders without being stated in the JNF accounts, it has emerged.

The activities of Nes Eretz Israel came to a light during an unsuccessful High Court action recently brought by the JNF's ex-chief executive, Simon Winters.


German maker of Zyklon B to fund UK Shoah seminar

By Marcus Dysch, October 20, 2008

The Imperial War Museum has been criticised for allowing a German company connected to the Nazi death camps to fund a major international conference.

The three-day "Beyond Camps and Forced Labour" seminar, due to be held in London in January, will bring together academics studying the effects of Nazi atrocities on survivors.


Golden boy backs charity event

October 17, 2008

Britain's Olympic kayaking gold medallist Tim Brabants put himself up for hire at a Tri-for-Life combined charities' challenge, for which World Jewish Relief was a key beneficiary.

The mini-triathlon attracted 300 participants and 600 spectators to Dorney Lake, near Eton - a 2012 Olympic venue - for a test of swimming, cycling and running endurance.

Brabants also presented the winners with their medals, commenting: "It was refreshing to see so many charities working closely together for a common cause. I look forward to next year."