UK news

Alex Salmond compares Israel to Islamic State after David Haines beheading

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2014

Scottish politician Alex Salmond appeared to compare the Islamic State terror group’s beheading of a British aid worker to the actions of the Israeli government in controversial comments on Sunday.


JFS loses 'Outstanding' status

By Charlotte Oliver, September 12, 2014

JFS has been downgraded from an “outstanding” school to a “school that requires improvement”, following an unannounced Ofsted inspection two months ago.


Interview: Joseph Dweck

By Simon Rocker, September 12, 2014

The St John's Wood home occupied by Britain's previous three chief rabbis has been vacant for nearly a year, with Chief Rabbi Mirvis having opted for Hendon instead.

But the impressive period residence has recently acquired a new tenant - Rabbi Joseph Dweck, the senior rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation, who will be installed into office on Sunday week.


Grassroots groups to campaign against Qatar over Hamas links

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2014

A coalition of grassroots Israel advocacy groups are set to launch a campaign against Qatar’s role in backing Hamas.

Sussex Friends of Israel, the Pro-Israel Response Group and the Israel Forum Task Force will protest against Doha’s funding of the group.

Their campaign will get under way on September 21 with a rally outside the Qatari embassy in central London.


New statue commemorates former London deputy mayor Sir Simon Milton

By Sophie Lipton, September 12, 2014

A statue of former London deputy mayor Sir Simon Milton has been unveiled in the capital.

The sculpture was revealed at a ceremony attended by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles,

Sir Simon, who died in 2011 at the age of 49 after a long battle against cancer, was deputy mayor for planning and policy and chief of staff to mayor Boris Johnson.


UK students reject chance to study in Israel

By Michael Knipe, September 12, 2014

British graduates are missing out on scholarships to study at Israeli universities because of students' negative attitudes towards Israel.

For more than 40 years two educational trusts administered by the Anglo-Israel Association (AIA) have awarded scholarships for graduates to undertaking research at Israeli universities and for Israelis to study at British institutions.


Jack the Ripper identity is revealed, but the JC cracked case years ago

By Daniel Easterman, September 12, 2014

New DNA evidence has revealed the identity of Jack the Ripper, one of history's most notorious serial killers, as a Jewish man named Aaron Kosminski.

The Jewish immigrant from Poland, had long been considered a chief suspect in the grisly murders which took place in London's East End in 1888, but new claims assert that there is now definitive scientific proof.


Challenge to school’s entry rules

By Simon Rocker, September 11, 2014

Representatives of King David High School, Manchester, are to meet officials from the watchdog that oversees schools admissions next week after a challenge to its entry rules.

The Orthodox school is one of around 50 schools from different faiths whose rules have been questioned by the Fair Admissions Campaign.


US says Board seen to 'lack leadership'

By Simon Rocker, September 11, 2014

Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman was under fresh pressure this week after the United Synagogue issued a letter commenting on the Board's "perceived lack of effective leadership".

But US president Stephen Pack made clear on Wednesday that it did not support moves to oust him from office.


Board chief: MCB link was an act of 'leadership'

By Simon Rocker, September 11, 2014

The new chief executive of the Board of Deputies, Gillian Merron, has stood by the Board's controversial joint statement with the Muslim Council of Britain in her first interview since taking office.