UK news

A bomb? No, a load of rubbish

By Candice Krieger, July 18, 2008

Barnet police carried out a controlled explosion near the Community Security Trust’s head offices in Hendon, North-West London, this week when a CST employee reported seeing a suspect package while travelling to work.

The suspicious-looking suitcase had been left on Harmony Way, off Brent Street, on Tuesday morning. Police were called to the scene, where a cordon was put in place around Victoria Road and Brent Street and a controlled explosion was carried out.

However, the suitcase was in fact a bag of rubbish.


Wagamama and wireless: students to get a kosher upgrade from UJS-Hillel

By Candice Krieger, July 18, 2008

UJS-Hillel is opening a landmark new student centre in London to meet the growing needs of Jewish students.

The centre — a 4,000 sq ft state-of-the-art premises on the corner of Euston Road and Upper Woburn Place — will replace the existing Hillel House site on Endsleigh Street, which has been sold to University College London for an undisclosed sum.

There are around 1,500 Jewish students in London. The new centre, scheduled to open in September, will aim to engage an increasing number of students in communal activities.


Scholar slams UCU for bias

July 18, 2008

A Shakespearean scholar from Anglia Ruskin University is the latest member to resign from the University and College Union over its policy calling on academics to review links with Israeli institutions. In a letter to the union, Professor Sarah Annes Brown wrote: “I am not Jewish, have no links with Israel, and don’t support all of its actions and policies. However I… don’t wish to belong to a union which singles out one country for such insistent scrutiny.”


Bloggers refuse to apologise over ‘evil Jew’ libel threat

By Simon Rocker, July 18, 2008

A popular political website is refusing to back down in the face of a threat of libel action from an Islamist activist who denies having referred to an “evil Jew”.

Harry’s Place, the left-of-centre blog, has engaged top lawyers Mishcon de Reya to defend it against a claim from Mohammed Sawalha, the president of the British Muslim Initiative.


Brothels family faces jail

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2008

Three members of a Jewish family face jail after being convicted of running a chain of brothels.

Spencer Rolfe and his sister Adele Lubin operated the £1 million-a-year vice ring in North London with Lubin’s son, David Howard.

All three were found guilty of conspiracy to control prostitution at Southwark Crown Court.

Officers began an undercover investigation in December 2006. When the trio were arrested the following April, police found 17 prostitutes working at four brothels.


Two convicted on race hate charges

By Gemma Duncafe, July 14, 2008

Two racists have been found guilty of publishing material with the titles 'Make Niggers History'; 'Dumb Niggers, Gloating Jews' and 'Diversity = Death'.

Bigots Simon Sheppard, from Selby, North Yorks., and his co-accused Stephen Whittle, from Preston, Lancs., were charged with inciting racial hatred.

Leeds Crown Court heard during the trial that 40-year-old Sheppard controlled a website called and that Whittle, 41, would write articles for it.


Minister vows strong Israel ties

July 11, 2008

Britain’s business minister has pledged to strengthen the ties between Israel and the UK.

John Hutton, Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, told the British-Israel Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner: “We must continue to actively encourage those people committed to the realisation of an Israel free from terror and at peace for generations to come, alongside a viable, independent and prosperous Palestinian state.


Father vows to fight on against JFS entry rules

By Leon Symons, July 11, 2008

Judge rules that top school’s admission policy does not break race-relations laws

A father who has been refused a judicial review of the admissions policy of JFS, Europe’s biggest Jewish school, has sought permission to appeal.

Last week, in a 72-page written judgement, Mr Justice Munby cleared JFS of the accusation that its admissions policy broke race laws both directly and indirectly. He said the school’s policy was based on religious and not racial or ethnic grounds.


Amy takes a kosher tour of Golders Green

July 11, 2008
Amy Winehouse astonished shoppers in Golders Green last week by going walkabout in the Jewish shops. Armed with a minder and a bottle of water, the volatile star happily posed for pictures in Carmelli’s Bakery, the Kosher Deli and Yarden. But her sunny mood did not last: later in the week, she was alleged to have hit her own bodyguard and attacked a man in a pub. More chicken soup, Amy?