UK news

Another Orthodox plan looks safe as houses

By Dana Gloger, July 18, 2008

Manchester's Charedi community could soon be given some relief from its housing crisis.

The Agudas Israel Housing Association (AIHA) has put in a bid to buy 17 luxury houses, all of five, six or seven bedrooms, in the Broughton Green development in Higher Broughton, Salford.

Larger houses are in high demand by the strictly Orthodox community, who usually have large families, sometimes with as many as 15 children. But they are in short supply  in Manchester as well as in London, along with other parts of the UK.


Miliband tells UJIA that Britain ‘won’t duck’ Iran’s nuclear threat

By Jenni Frazer, July 18, 2008

Foreign Secretary David Miliband paid a warm and emotional tribute to the Anglo-Jewish community on Wednesday, along with a trenchant warning that Iran’s nuclear ambitions were “a challenge that Britain will not duck” for the sake of stability for Israel and the whole of the Middle East.

The Foreign Secretary was the guest of honour at UJIA’s annual patrons’ dinner, held in the Foreign Office’s Locarno Rooms, where, he reminded guests, the seven Locarno Treaties had been signed in December 1925.


Father told he can challenge JFS ruling

By Leon Symons, July 18, 2008

The father who was refused a judicial review of the admissions policy of JFS by a High Court judge has been told he can appeal against the decision.

Mr Justice Munby gave the man known as E — against whom he ruled two weeks ago in a 72-page judgment — permission to challenge his ruling and take his fight to win a place for his 11-year-old son at the Kenton school to the Court of Appeal.


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.


‘The school could have done the right thing, that’s the shame of it’

July 11, 2008

Helen Sagal took an unequivocal view of the proceedings. “I can’t imagine how Mrs Lightman goes to work there. I know they have absolved the school from any responsibility, but I don’t believe the school is blameless.

“JFS could have done something to stand up for what is the right thing and that is the shame of it. You have to have the human touch in the end and that is what this case lacks,” added Mrs Sagal.

“Somebody should have the good sense to sit back and say this is nonsense. What are we doing in this position?


After five years, one call frees an agunah

By Candice Krieger, July 11, 2008

A woman who has been trying to obtain a get — a religious divorce — from her estranged British-born husband was finally granted one this week after a five-year battle.

Orly Zigdon, 36, from Netanya, was declared an agunah (a chained wife) by the Israeli rabbinate. She had been seeking a get since 2003, after she separated from British-born Anthony Kurrant.

But for the past two years, his whereabouts have been unknown.


JC kept to the PCC code

July 11, 2008
The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) has rejected a complaint against the JC by a Jewish internet activist. David Appletree was interviewed in a People page item in May celebrating his work “battl[ing] Nazis and Shoah-deniers on Facebook”. Mr Appletree later took offence to the article describing him as “Texas-based” and in his 30s. He said that this information in itself put him at risk. The PCC said there was no breach of its code.


Rabbi buys back shul

July 11, 2008
A Stamford Hill synagogue due to be auctioned next week will now not be sold, the JC has learned. The building, in Upper Clapton Road, Hackney, had been listed with auctioneers Barnett Ross at a reserve price of £825,000, and was due to be sold next Tuesday, July 15. The JC understands that receivers had been called in to sell the property, but the synagogue’s original owner, Rabbi Moshe Meisels, bought it back.


Oxford ‘did not flout race laws’ for Irving

By Leon Symons, July 11, 2008

Oxford University has denied accusations by Baroness Deech that it ignored laws on race hate and freedom of speech in allowing the Oxford Union to host Holocaust-denier David Irving and BNP leader Nick Griffin last November.

Lady Deech, a former Oxford chair of admissions, told the Lords that she had complained to the university authorities that they had not acted to stop the debating society inviting Griffin and Irving to take part in the event, which was severely disrupted by demonstrators.


Kosher baker who tried to give wife abortion loses his appeal

By Dana Gloger, July 11, 2008

A kosher-bakery owner who secretly gave his pregnant wife abortion pills lost his appeal against a jail sentence this week.

Gil Magira, 36, from Hendon, North-West London, was jailed for three years and nine months for secretly poisoning his wife’s breakfast after she refused to terminate her pregnancy.

The owner of the Bonjour bakeries in Hendon and Stanmore and the Lemonade restaurant in Hendon pleaded  guilty in March to administering a noxious substance with intent to procure a miscarriage.