UK news

Vince Cable backs down over proposed closure of Holocaust fund

By Marcus Dysch, February 11, 2015

Business Secretary Vince Cable has reversed a decision to consider closing a compensation scheme for Holocaust victims as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

Dr Cable had initially asked Shoah groups for their views on whether to end the Enemy Property Payment Scheme, or find a cheaper way to run it.


Manchester council rejects move to fly Palestinian flag

By Josh Jackman, February 11, 2015

A Manchester City Council committee has rejected a proposal to fly the Palestinian flag over the town hall.

The Communities Scrutiny Committee turned down the move on Wednesday afternoon. The decision, which was welcomed by the Board of Deputies, will now have to be ratified by the full city council.


MPs set to debate shechita

By Simon Rocker, February 11, 2015

Shechita is set to come under renewed political attack at a parliamentary debate on Monday week.

It has been prompted by a petition launched by the British Veterinary Association calling for the prohibition of animal slaughter without pre-stunning – a move which would effectively end shechita.


Anger over proposal to scrap compensation fund for Holocaust victims

By Charlotte Oliver, February 11, 2015

A scheme that compensates victims of the Holocaust for their financial losses during the war may be scrapped by the government in a bid to save taxpayers’ money.

Under Winston Churchill’s wartime government, British-based savings and properties belonging to Nazi victims in Germany, Japan, Italy and occupied Europe were seized to stop them falling under enemy control.


Police chief condemns swastika graffiti in Salford

By Rosa Doherty, February 10, 2015

Manchester’s most senior police officer has condemned vandals who daubed a swastika on a pavement in Salford.

The Nazi image was painted in an area with a large Jewish population last weekend.


European Jewry in long-term decline, says Pew report

By Naomi Firsht, February 10, 2015

The number of Jews living in Europe has been in decline since the Second World War, reported the Pew Research Centre on Monday.

There are now 1.4 million Jews living in Europe, which is around 10 per cent of the world Jewish population. The most dramatic drop has been in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union.


Rev Stephen Sizer showed 'appalling' judgement over antisemitic post, says his bishop

By Josh Jackman, February 9, 2015

The Bishop of Guildford has condemned Reverend Stephen Sizer as displaying “appalling” judgement over his anti-Israel posts, but denied that the vicar had been deliberately antisemitic.

He promised that if Rev Sizer repeated his behaviour, he would be dismissed.

Rev Sizer, who has a parish in Surrey, posted a link to an article suggesting Israel carried out the 9/11 attack.


Google investigating abuse on Maps service

By Josh Jackman, February 9, 2015

Google is investigating how the description “Essex jews place of worship” was added to Liverpool’s Anfield stadium on its Maps service.

The phrase appeared on the site for three hours on Monday, ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s match at Anfield on tomorrow night.

Google has now removed it.


Interfaith group drops rabbi as patron after only two weeks

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2015

An interfaith conflict-resolution group has reversed its decision to make a leading rabbi a patron due to past comments he has made on Israel and the Palestinians.

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet had been appointed by Faith Matters only a fortnight ago.


Church bans vicar Stephen Sizer from social media over antisemitic posts

By Josh Jackman, February 9, 2015

A vicar who posted a link to an article suggesting Israel carried out the 9/11 attacks has been banned from saying anything about the Middle East on any platform.

Rev Stephen Sizer has been told not to write, speak, tweet or blog on the subject, and also cannot use social media for six months without being relieved of his position.