UK news

Ofsted closes summer camp used by hundreds of Jewish families

By Sandy Rashty, August 7, 2015

A children’s summer camp popular with Jewish families has unexpectedly closed leaving hundreds of parents without child care.

The LL Camps, in Bushey, in Hertfordshire, was shut down on Thursday with no advance notice.

Ben Lewis, a camp director, would not comment on rumours that a child had got out of the camp unsupervised or suggestions that the police and Ofsted may be involved.


Embassy complains over Amnesty official’s anti-Israel tweets

By Naomi Firsht, August 6, 2015

The Israeli embassy has complained to Amnesty UK over a series of anti-Israel tweets posted by one of its senior officials.


Queen invited to Israel as ambassador presents credentials

By Sandy Rashty, August 6, 2015

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has formally invited the Queen to visit Israel.

Speaking at a ceremony in Jerusalem on Thursday to welcome five new ambassadors to Israel, he told British ambassador David Quarrey: “I want to also convey my warmest regards to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and extend to her an invitation to visit our region.”


Celebrities fall under the spell of JFS boy who tricked his way to Hollywood

By Sandy Rashty, August 6, 2015

Magician Julius Dein is not your average student.

When he is not studying for an international relations degree at King's College London, the 21-year-old is performing magic tricks at celebrity parties in Hollywood.


British company invests up to £64 million in Israeli cyber security

By Josh Jackman, August 6, 2015

British micro-chip designer Arm Holdings will create a new hub in Israel after completing a multi-million pound acquisition of one of the country's leading cyber-security companies.


Lord Janner child abuse case reaches court stage

By Marcus Dysch, August 6, 2015

The first court hearing in the prosecution of Lord Janner over child abuse allegations is due to begin today.

Lawyers for the former Board of Deputies president were expected to tell a judge at Westminster Magistrates Court that the peer is not fit to stand trial.


Pro-Israel group wants War on Want’s charitable status removed

By Josh Jackman, August 6, 2015

The Charity Commission is considering a request to remove War on Want’s charitable status over its boycott of Israel.

In a formal complaint to the commission, activist group Jewish Human Rights Watch (JHRW) said the anti-poverty charity should be downgraded because it is carrying out a “demonisation of the state of Israel” which is “a proxy war” against British Jewry.


Jewish charity probed over £2 million loan

By Simon Rocker, August 6, 2015

The Charity Commission has launched an inquiry into a north London charity which supports Torah study and other Orthodox causes over a £2 million loan.

The Golders Green-based Reb Moishe Foundation lent the money to a company of which the charity’s sole listed trustee, Jacob Plitnick, is also a director.


Man claims he was a ‘father figure’ to mugging victim he ‘threatened to kill’

By JC Reporter, August 5, 2015

A father whose son is accused of a mugging broke down in court while giving evidence.

Mark Izraelov appeared overcome with emotion when questioned about Samuel Brown who alleges that Mr Izraelov’s son, Yacov, robbed him of his mobile phone and coat.


Boris Johnson rejects criticism of planned hate-crime hotline

By Marcus Dysch, August 4, 2015

London mayor Boris Johnson has denied that a planned hotline for reporting hate crime in the capital will have a detrimental impact on existing services.

Opposition was voiced to the proposal earlier this week after internal emails from the mayor’s office revealed a new phone number would be launched for Jewish, Muslim and LGBT Londoners to report abuse.