UK news

Cameron hits out at MP over war crimes remark

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2014

David Cameron has rubbished a Labour MP’s claim that British Jews who fight in the Israeli army should be stripped of their passports.

The Prime Minister hit back at backbencher Grahame Morris in the Commons on Monday during the debate on terrorism and the threat posed by Islamic State.


July breaks record for antisemitic hate

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2014

There were more antisemitic incidents in Britain in July than any other month since records began 20 years ago, the Community Security Trust has confirmed.

The final figures show that 302 incidents were recorded, a rise of more than 400 per cent on the same month last year.


Speak for yourself - the changing face of community protest

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2014

The success of a grassroots-led rally against antisemitism could herald a new era of Jewish advocacy in Britain, campaigners believe.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism’s demonstration in central London on Sunday was orgnaised by a small number of activists unaffiliated to traditional communal groups.


Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs to rebuild Manchester synagogue

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 2, 2014

Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs will rebuild a synagogue as part of a multi-million pound property deal agreed today.

The former Manchester United footballers, who own the Jackson’s Row Development Company, have finalised an agreement to turn Manchester Reform Synagogue into a community complex.


Islamic charity launches probe over Hamas funding claims

By Simon Rocker, September 2, 2014

A leading Muslim charity in the UK is carrying out an internal investigation into its aid to Palestinians following Israeli claims of links to Hamas.

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon banned Birmingham-based Islamic Relief Worldwide from operating in the West Bank in June, accusing it of funnelling money to Hamas-controlled organisations.


Thousands turn out for London rally against antisemitism

By Rosa Doherty, August 31, 2014

Thousands of people turned out for a rally against the rise in antisemitism in central
London on Sunday.

More than 4,500 protesters filled the street outside the Royal Courts of Justice to hear speakers including the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

The crowd cheered Rabbi Mirvis, and passing taxis displayed Israeli flags in support as he took to the podium.


How diary notes for my dead son saved me from drink and drugs

By Rosa Doherty, August 29, 2014

The mother of a young actor who collapsed and died while playing football has spoken about the extraordinary lengths she went to, to escape a depression that saw her spiral into drink and drugs.

Rochelle Saunders and her husband Eddie say they lost a year of their lives, mixing a cocktail of drink and prescribed drugs and abandoning their parental responsibilities to cope with the pain.


Yavneh's students hit top form — now it's all about sixth form

By Charlotte Oliver, August 29, 2014

As students laughed and hugged outside Yavneh College, Borehamwood, last Thursday, it was clear the day also belonged to their proud parents, who had no doubt shared in the long spell of revision, stress, and quick-fire exam questions over breakfast and dinner.

Samantha Berman, whose daughter Hollie attained seven A*s and three As, said she was “very proud and very happy”.


Top marks in his GCSEs - and Oliver didn’t even put pen to paper

By Charlotte Oliver, August 29, 2014

Oliver Sapier’s mother describes him as a “fighter” – a modest appraisal, given his story of triumph.

Born with a chronic bowel condition, the 16-year-old spent the first years of his life in hospital, where doctors were not sure he would live beyond his second birthday.


JC Power 100: Numbers 100 - 51

August 28, 2014

100: Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris