UK news

Israel supporters mobilise ahead of Commons Palestine vote

By Marcus Dysch, October 8, 2014

Pro-Israel groups have collected around 2,000 signatures on a petition urging MPs to vote against a motion on Palestinian statehood in Parliament next week.

The petition was drawn up earlier this week by the new grassroots group Israel Advocacy UK and the Zionist Federation, and is supported by other Israel-supporting organisations.


UK minister meets victims of Hamas rocket attacks on Israel visit

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2014

Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood has met members of the Israeli government during a visit to the country.

Mr Ellwood travelled to the rocket-hit south of Israel to meet communities affected by the Gaza conflict during his two-day stay which ended today.

He had earlier travelled to the Gaza Strip to meet Palestinian Authority representatives.


Rabbis in Succot initiative to settle refugees in the UK

By Naomi Firsht, October 7, 2014

Rabbis, bishops and imams are joining together on Succot to call on British local authorities to provide shelter to refugees living in warzones.


Robbie Williams set to perform in Israel for the first time

By JC Reporter, October 7, 2014

Robbie Williams has finalised a deal to sing in Israel for the first time.

According to Israeli media, the former Take That star will perform in Tel Aviv next May.

Mr Williams has reportedly reached an agreement with Israeli agents over a concert at either Yarkon Park or the Ramat Gan Stadium.


Two Jewish entrepreneurs to compete on The Apprentice

By Sandy Rashty, October 7, 2014

Lord Sugar is back for the tenth series of The Apprentice – and two Jewish contestants are hoping to win the BBC’s business-themed reality TV show.

Former JC reporter Daniel Lassman, 27, and Ella Jade Bitton, 23, are among 20 candidates hoping to take home the prize of £250,000 worth of investment.


Wake-up call over UK Palestine vote

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2014

Pro-Israel groups have responded too slowly to the impending parliamentary vote on Palestinian statehood and have lost valuable campaigning time, activists have admitted.

There are concerns that a tardy response from Jewish communal organisations has paved the way for a "propaganda coup" for pro-Palestinians next week.


Despite Gaza war, UK-Israel trade up 28%

By Sandy Rashty, October 7, 2014

Trade between the UK and Israel is at a record high, in spite of concerted efforts by campaigners to push for an Israel boycott during the Gaza conflict this summer.


Israeli Arabs lent quiet cars for Yom Kippur

By Nathan Jeffay, October 7, 2014

There were fears in Israel that the coincidence of Yom Kippur and the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha both falling last Saturday could spark clashes between fasting Jews and feasting Arabs.

In the event, the day passed off peacefully.


Lynsey de Paul, the star who never wanted the spotlight

By Paul Lester, October 7, 2014

Lynsey De Paul, who died last week of a brain haemorrhage, aged 64, was a household name in the 1970s. But the petite performer with the blond hair and beauty spot was a reluctant star who was happier composing behind the scenes.

She was born Lynsey Monckton Rubin in 1950 and grew up in Cricklewood, north London, before the family moved to Canon's Park.


Oligarchs at war

By Simon Rocker, October 7, 2014

A business dispute involving three Ukrainian Jewish billionaires is heading for a showdown at the High Court in London.

Igor Kolomoisky, who has emerged as a significant political figure in Ukraine in recent months, and British-based Gennadiy Bogolyubov have been sued by the third man, Victor Pinchuk.