UK news

Justice for Jews from Arab lands: support grows in UK

By Sandy Rashty, November 27, 2014

"Jews from Arab lands suffered - their story should be told. They weren't just uprooted; their history was uprooted."

So says Florette Hyman, who was born Florette Menir in Cairo, and who came to the UK in 1957 after her family was forced to leave Egypt.

"Everyone is talking about the Palestinian refugees.


Aid chief concerned over 'donor fatigue'

November 27, 2014

A leading Israeli aid worker says he is baffled by diaspora Jewry's resistance to efforts to enlist its support in combating the disease.

"We are approaching mainstream Jewish organisations all over the world, including the UK.


Pro-Israel MP in tweet row

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Veteran Labour MP Ivan Lewis has accused a party backbencher of "manipulating" internal party politics.

Mr Lewis, the Shadow Northern Ireland minister and a former vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel, appeared to claim Tom Watson had tried to influence the selection process for a new Scottish Labour leader.

Mr Watson wrote an article for the Sunday Herald newspaper warning against Scottis


Rabbi's appeal for family of synagogue attack hero

By Rosa Doherty, November 27, 2014

A British-born rabbi has launched a campaign to raise money for the family of the Druze policeman who was killed during the terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue.

Zidan Seif was fatally wounded as he rushed to the defence of worshippers at the Kehilat Bnei Torah Synagogue. He was among five people murdered in the attack last Tuesday by two terrorists who were killed by police at the scene.


A cheder where the fire still burns bright

By Simon Rocker, November 27, 2014

Ten-year-old Jack Lucas stands before the open Torah. He has just been challenged by South Hampstead Associate Rabbi Eli Levine to pick out any word he can from the forbidding rows of vowel-less black letters.

For a child who has never read blind from a Sefer, it is a tall order and would defeat many a United Synagogue parent.


Comprehensive success for Jewish secondaries

November 27, 2014

Four of England's top six comprehensive schools are Jewish, according to a Sunday Times table published this week.

Hertfordshire's Yavneh College was the leading state-aided Jewish comprehensive this year, and second in the country overall, followed by Hasmonean High School, London (third), King David High School, Manchester (fourth) and JFS, London (sixth).

Yavneh head Spencer Lewis said th


Ed Miliband defends Labour support for Palestine recognition

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband has defended his party’s support for the recognition of a Palestinian state.

Mr Miliband told pro-Palestinian activists that he was proud to support a backbench motion in the Commons last month which urged the government to acknowledge statehood immediately.


Ofsted head will meet faith leaders over promoting British values in schools

By Simon Rocker, November 25, 2014

The head of inspection service Sir Michael Wilshaw today said he is to meet faith leaders as part of its drive to ensure that schools promote British values.


Egyptian president offers peacekeeping force 'for Palestinian state'

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 24, 2014

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi has expressed a willingness to send Egyptian troops to a future Palestinian state to prevent attacks on Israel.

Mr Sissi was speaking to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera ahead of a visit this week to Italy and France.


FA investigating Dave Whelan’s Jew-hate remarks

By Marcus Dysch, November 21, 2014

The Football Association has opened an investigation into antisemitic comments made by Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan.

The governing body said it was “very concerned” to read the remarks attributed to him in which he claimed Jews “chase money”.

An investigation is now under way and the FA’s governance division has written to the former footballer turned businessman.