UK news

Boris Johnson says JC poll is ‘great news’ for Tories

By Marcus Dysch, April 8, 2015

Boris Johnson has said an exclusive JC poll showing that 69 per cent of British Jews plan to vote Conservative is the result of the party’s work for the community.

The London mayor said the results were “great news” for Tories as he campaigned in Golders Green on Wednesday morning.

More..

Businesses count cost after thieves strike in Hatton Garden

By Sandy Rashty, April 7, 2015

Dozens of Jewish businesses could be counting the cost after thieves emptied around 300 safety deposit boxes in the heart of London’s jewellery quarter.

Police were called to the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd business this morning after reports of a burglary over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The building is also used for office space, according to local employees.

More..

Huge majority of British Jews will vote Tory, JC poll reveals

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2015

British Jews will vote overwhelmingly for the Conservatives, an exclusive JC poll has revealed.

Asked who they would support in next month’s general election, 69 per cent of Jewish voters said they would support the Tories. Only 22 per cent said they would vote Labour.

More..

Interview: Jim Murphy

By Robert Philpot, April 6, 2015

As he stood on two Iron-Bru crates campaigning for a "No" vote in last year's Scottish referendum, Jim Murphy's support for Israel was frequently hurled at him as a term of abuse by pro-independence hecklers.

More..

First glimpse of Amy Winehouse film shows unseen footage of singer

By Rosa Doherty, April 2, 2015

A teaser trailer for the new Amy Winehouse documentary shows previously unseen footage of the singer ahead of its release date in the summer.

Directed by BAFTA award-winning Senna director Asif Kapadia, the film Amy is due to be released in UK cinemas on 3 July.

More..

Anti-Israel conference organisers launch legal action against cancellation

By Naomi Firsht, April 2, 2015

Organisers of an anti-Israel conference at Southampton University have reportedly taken legal action to reverse the university’s decision to scrap the conference.

A statement published on the university website late last night officially withdrew permission for the three-day conference to take place on the campus.

More..

Shomrim volunteers helped arrest 153 suspects in past year

By JC Reporter, April 2, 2015

Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer safety patrol, helped police arrest 153 suspects in the past year.

The strictly Orthodox group also located 38 vulnerable missing persons.

The figures, released by Shomrim’s Stamford Hill branch and covering its work in that area of north-east London, reveal that 21 of the arrests were for racially aggravated or racially motivated offences.

More..

Data will be shared to beat hate

By Marcus Dysch, April 2, 2015

Police say they will share details about the victims of race-hate attacks with organisations that can help those who have been abused.

The decision to share data with the Community Security Trust and Tell Mama, which tackles anti-Muslim abuse, was a response to increased community tension, police said.

It comes after the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Antisemitism called on police forc

More..

UK is 'wrong on Jerusalem settler claim'

By Marcus Dysch and Ben Hartman, April 2, 2015

Two Israeli organisations have hit back at British government claims that they have increased tensions with Palestinians in east Jerusalem and endangered peace efforts.

Foreign Office minister Baroness Anelay appeared to suggest the groups were colonising Palestinian areas "under the guise" of tourism and protecting Jewish historical sites.

More..

Exam boards threaten to drop Hebrew

By Charlotte Oliver, April 2, 2015

Members of the community are being urged to take exams in Hebrew to save GCSEs and A-levels in the language from being scrapped.

The appeal, from the Board of Deputies, comes after the OCR and AQA exam boards, which offer biblical Hebrew and modern Hebrew respectively, announced that both subjects face being axed in 2017 alongside other "non-traditional" languages.

More..