UK news

Dark day for kosher chocolate

By Dana Gloger, May 16, 2008

Britain’s foremost kashrut authority has said that it will reconsider the certification of Green & Black’s organic dark chocolate after the confectioner announced that it will now label the product as containing milk.

Although there is no change to the recipe, a recent audit revealed that traces of milk residue could be found on the manufacturing equipment used to make it, because milk chocolates were made using the same production line.

The company will now list milk as one of the ingredients on the packing of its organic dark chocolate bars.


Israel 60 Gala rocked by protesters

By Alex Kasriel, May 16, 2008

Solidarity hardened among the 7,500-strong crowd at the Israel 60 Gala in Wembley Arena last week after a surreal incident occurred moments before the show began.

While they waited for the entertainment to start, a massive cheer rang out as around 30 police swarmed into the audience and wrestled a group of anti-Israel protesters to the ground.

Four men and one woman were led from the building where they were arrested for public order offences and released on bail.


Campaign to honour spy who saved us

May 16, 2008

The Holocaust Educational Trust has started a campaign to secure a posthumous honour for British diplomat and spy Frank Foley.

Mr Foley was a passport officer in the British consulate in Berlin’s Tiergarten in the 1930s and has been credited with saving the lives of as many as 10,000 Jews by issuing visas to concentration camp inmates and many others that enabled them to flee Germany.


Council chops and changes over kosher meat inquiry

By Leon Symons, May 16, 2008

The investigation of a complaint against a North-West London butcher by Barnet Council could take months to resolve, the JC has been told by the council .

The news was a blow to Albert Bendahan, owner of the Kosher Delicatessen chain in Golders Green, Temple Fortune and Edgware, who hoped it would have been resolved swiftly.

Mr Bendahan met a council environmental health officer on Monday but was given no clear indication of how long the investigation would take.


Charity’s anti-Israel stance sanctioned by watchdog

By Simon Rocker, May 16, 2008

The Charity Commission has supported the right of War on Want to be involved in a pro-Palestinian demonstration last weekend.

War on Want’s campaigning on Israel — including opposition to its security barrier — has previously drawn complaints that it is operating outside its charitable remit.

But the commission stated this week that it is satisfied that the anti-poverty group is working within the rules.

A spokesman for the charity watchdog said: “The concerns that the commission considered related predominantly to War on Want’s support for trade sanctions against Israel.


What a boycott would have cost

By Leon Symons, May 16, 2008

A leading economist has said that the UK economy and employment in Britain would suffer badly in the event of an academic boycott of Israel.

Commenting on a new report highlighting the financial impact on Britain if last year’s aborted academic boycott against Israel had gone ahead, Jonathan Hoffman, who has worked for the Bank of England and other major financial institutions, said: “The UK economy would suffer in the event of a hypothetical academic boycott.


Lord Levy: how I survived

By Jenni Frazer, May 16, 2008

Lord Levy, the man at the heart of the cash-for-peerages investigation, and who is said to have saved Tony Blair from being in hock to the trades union movement, finally told his story this week, after nearly two years of silence.


The racist emails sent to Chelsea’s Avram Grant

By Danny Caro, May 16, 2008

Chelsea manager Avram Grant has been the target of vile antisemitic abuse, the JC can reveal.

We have seen copies of emails sent to the Israeli, whose club last week distanced itself from claims by his agent that he had been a victim of race-hate.

One, full of mis-spellings, accused Grant of “having Palestinian and Arab blood on his hands”. Another branded his Israeli player Tal Ben Haim “a Jewish terrorist”.


Milliband tribute ahead of Israel trip

By Daniella Peled, May 16, 2008

Foreign Secretary David Milliband delivered an unscripted tribute to Israel’s achievements and search for peace at the Israeli embassy Independence Day Party this week. Expressing his delight at participating in the celebration, held at a central London hotel with 2,000 invited guests, Mr Milliband praised Israel’s free press and achievements in agriculture and technology.


Queen’s mazeltov message

May 9, 2008

The Queen has sent her congratulations to the government and people of Israel on its 60th anniversary.

In a letter to President Peres, she wrote: “It gives me particular pleasure to send my congratulations on the celebration of the 60th anniversary of your independence. I extend my best wishes for the happiness and prosperity of the government and people of Israel in the coming year.”