UK news

A lot of love for Pixie — but survivor steals show

By Sandy Rashty, March 27, 2014

Pixie Lott was the star attraction but the ovation of the night at the Jewish Care young patrons dinner went to Holocaust survivor Renee Salt.


Kings College London's student union votes for Israel boycott

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2014

Students at Kings College London passed a controversial anti-Israel motion this week, despite strong opposition from Jews on campus.

The motion, which was passed by the student union, called for the university to boycott Israel and “raise awareness of the country’s apartheid policies”.


Israeli architects ask David Cameron to block Riba boycott

By Marcus Dysch, March 27, 2014

Israeli architects have appealed to David Cameron to intervene in the row over British efforts to have them thrown out of their international union.

The Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) has also approached Israel’s Foreign Ministry for assistance.


Teacher saves teen from death jump

By Sandy Rashty, March 27, 2014

A teacher saved a teenage boy from potential suicide when he saw him on the parapet of a bridge over a busy road.

Adam Landsman, 27, was driving to work on Wednesday — a day when thousands of other teachers were on strike — and spotted the boy who had climbed the railings and was staring down at the rush-hour A1 traffic in Hatfield.


Israeli diplomats are right to strike, says Ambassador Taub

By Marcus Dysch, March 27, 2014

Israel’s diplomats are right to go on strike, says the man who represents the country in Britain.

Ambassador Daniel Taub’s support for the action that has seen the closure of Israeli embassies across the world puts him in direct opposition to prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.


Herzog stresses UK community ’s vital role in defending Israel

By Marcus Dysch and Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2014

The leader of Israel’s Labour movement has called on British supporters of Israel to take a two-pronged approach to their advocacy efforts.

Isaac Herzog, chairman of the Labour Party and leader of the opposition in the Knesset, said tackling the “lunatic” boycott movement was vital.


They stole my story, then I was the story

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2014

The last thing journalist Ben Judah expected when he logged on to Twitter at home in London one evening was to find dozens of death threats from angry Egyptians.

The Jewish writer did not know he had unwittingly become a minor celebrity in the Arab state, thanks to a trail of events leading back to a satirist plagiarising his work.


Crash payout cyclist is ‘still suffering’ seven years on

By Charlotte Oliver, March 26, 2014

A cyclist awarded almost £70,000 in damages after a near-death crash, said he is still paying the price for his “life-changing injuries”.

Alan Curtis, 53, was thrown from his bike while training for a Norwood-backed international ride in India. He struck a pothole while riding through Rickmansworth five years ago.


London meeting of Muslim and Jewish leaders hailed as 'really special'

By Sandy Rashty, March 26, 2014

An Iraqi-Muslim academic today described a meeting of religious leaders from Israel, Iran and Iraq as “a really special event”.

The religious leaders flew to the UK in a groundbreaking bid to forge ties and resolve the ongoing crisis in the Middle East.


Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announce marriage split

By Rosa Doherty, March 26, 2014

Gwyneth Paltrow is splitting from Coldplay singer Chris Martin after 10 years of marriage.

The couple who have two young children said they were “consciously uncoupling”.

The Hollywood actress, whose late father was Jewish film producer Bruce Paltrow, made a joint announcement on her website, Goop.