UK news

Rapist faces extradition

November 27, 2008

A UK court has ordered the extradition of a convicted rapist who fled Israel before he could be jailed for a sex attack on an underage boy.
Nachman Stal, 38, was recaptured in June after police stopped to help him change a tyre on the A40 in West London.

It is believed Stal had lived secretly in Stamford Hill, North London, after leaving Israel in 2006. He had been convicted of raping and indecently assaulting the underage boy in his car in Tel Aviv.


UK peace ad

November 27, 2008

A full-page advertisement setting out the aims of the Arab Peace Initiative appeared in Wednesday's Guardian newspaper.

The Palestinian Authority ran the same advert in Israeli papers last week in a bid to influence public opinion ahead of Israeli elections. The Saudi-led initiative proposed a settlement based on Israel's return to its 1967 borders.


The shop protest no one bought

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2008

Protesters from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign received a cool reception this week as they appealed for shoppers to boycott goods produced in West Bank settlements.

Ten protestors, including comedian Alexei Sayle, carried placards and handed out leaflets outside a branch of Waitrose supermarket in Finchley Road, North West London, on Monday.


Report calls for union protection for rabbis

By Leon Symons, November 27, 2008

An independent report has called for a new employment deal for rabbis to prevent their dismissal by small groups of disgruntled congregants.

The report, called "Shalom@Shul" has been sent to every synagogal body, and also calls for:

 Rabbis to be allowed to join the Unite trade union;

 Every synagogue movement to appoint an independent ombudsman to assess honorary officers' grounds for dismissing a rabbi;


Windmill’s fortunes set to turn

By Simon Rocker, November 27, 2008

It is one of the Jerusalem's most famous landmarks and a symbol of British Jewry's long-standing links with the Land of Israel.

The windmill built at the instigation of Sir Moses Montefiore in 1857 to provide cheaper bread for poor Jews actually worked only for a short time.

But now its sails may turn again as part of a renovation of the neighbourhood planned to celebrate 150 years of British Jewish investment in Israel's capital city the year after next.


Burglar appeal

November 27, 2008

Detectives have appealed to the public to help identify a burglar who has targeted Jewish houses in Stamford Hill, North London.

Police believe the burglar, described as black and in his mid to late thirties, has struck at least six times in the area in recent months, all at Jewish homes. He has escaped with small items such as jewellery, cash and passports.


Life ban for racist fan

November 27, 2008

A man has been banned from every football ground in the country after he sang antisemitic songs at Tottenham Hotspur fans while dressed as cartoon character Scooby Doo.

Adam Wilson, 27, wore the costume to raise money for charity while watching Manchester City play the London club on November 9.

But half an hour into the game he began singing about concentration camps and the extermination of Jews.

On Monday, he admitted one charge of racially aggravated harassment at Manchester City Magistrates' Court and was fined £115 plus £60 costs.


Research into bias gave me a one-side view

By Daniella Peled, November 27, 2008

A student researching media bias has been given a fresh insight into partiality after his requests for information from Israel advocacy groups were, he claims, ignored while pro-Palestinians were happy to answer his enquiries.

Alan White, 21, a sociology student at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, says he emailed a range of organisations as part of his dissertation into media coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how partisan groups shaped their public relations strategies.


History hits web

November 27, 2008

The Jewish Historical Society of Englandhas launched its new website, featuring digital versions of the society’s journals, stretching back more than 100 years.

The website is at


Coren: 'No insult'

November 27, 2008

The Press Complaints Commission has rejected a complaint by the UK Federation of Poles that an article by Times writer Giles Coren insulted Polish immigrants and portrayed them as antisemites.