UK news

Chakrabarti denies peerage was quid pro quo for Labour antisemitism report

By Simon Rocker, September 4, 2016

The human rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti today rejected any suggestion that she had been offered a peerage by the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn before the completion of her report on antisemitism and racism in the party.

Her acceptance of the honour had been widely condemned by Jewish organisations as compromising the independence of her inquiry.


We’re dancing for our grandparents, say Jewish Strictly contestants ahead of new series

By Josh Jackman, September 3, 2016

Daisy Lowe has said she plans to dance to her grandfather’s favourite songs after he passed away on the first day of Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals.

The model and actress, who has appeared for Chanel and Marc Jacobs, was wearing her grandfather Ed’s shirt, watch and necklace in tribute to him at a Strictly press conference earlier this week.


Jewish Museum launches crowdfunding drive for Amy Winehouse art trail

By Jessica Weinstein, September 2, 2016

The Jewish Museum in London has set out to raise £17,000 in a month to fund an Amy Winehouse street art trail around Camden.

The 30-day crowdfunding drive was launched yesterday to secure the money for a series of small artworks in the singer’s former neighbourhood in the London borough.

Fans following the trail will be led to the museum on Albert Street.


Counter-terror police protecting Jewish MP after antisemitic death threat

By Daniel Sugarman, September 2, 2016

Ruth Smeeth, the Jewish MP for Stoke on Trent North, has been given police protection after receiving an antisemitic death threat on Facebook.

The 37-year-old was repeatedly referred to as a “Yid” in the abusive message which claimed “the gallows would be a fine and fitting place” for her “to swing from”.


Labour member’s slur on Jewish donor brings suspension, as party acts against ‘thousands’

By Daniel Sugarman, September 1, 2016

Labour has suspended a party member after being alerted to statements he made about Jews and Israel.

Action was taken against Terence Flanagan, of the party’s Hampstead and Kilburn branch, after 17 pieces of evidence were sent to Labour’s compliance unit regarding the offensive comments.


'Flood' of passport enquiries over Brexit

By Josh Jackman, September 1, 2016

Hundreds of British Jews have enquired about or tried to obtain EU passports following the Brexit referendum.

One synagogue head said she had received a "flood" of requests for assistance in obtaining foreign citizenship, and German, Polish and Portuguese sources have reported a surge of passport applications from the Jewish community.


Tank commander's symbol of courage

By Daniel Sugarman, September 1, 2016

A war memento from a Jewish officer who took part in the first battle in which tanks were deployed is to go on display at an event commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

On September 15, 1916, 40 British Mark I tanks advanced on German lines at the Somme.


'Sickening' graves attack sparks outrage

By Daniel Sugarman and Lianne Kolirin, September 1, 2016

Thugs who desecrated a Jewish cemetery may have been attempting to gain access to the graves, it has been claimed.

A gang of around eight youths were seen smashing headstones with hammers in Belfast.

During the attack, last Friday, they also smashed concrete slabs covering the graves, in an apparent effort to gain access to the tombs.


WJR appeal 'makes a difference to 17,557 lives'

By Rosa Doherty, September 1, 2016

British Jews have helped more than 17,500 people fleeing Syria and other war-torn countries over the past year, according to a new report.

The community raised £944,000 in response to an appeal by World Jewish Relief launched last September.


Amazing twist of fate reunites family with lost heirlooms

By Lianne Kolirin, September 1, 2016

For decades, a silver kettle and golden bell stood on display in the van der Wateren family home.

Indeed for Sylvia van der Wateren, the middle of three daughters, they had become part of the furniture in the family's lounge in the Dutch city of Haarlem.

A Jewish neighbour called Salomon Hoogstraal had given them to her father, Johannes, for safekeeping during the war.