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Britain's new ambassador to Israel begins work

By Marcus Dysch, July 13, 2015

Britain's new ambassador to Israel begins work in the post today.

David Quarrey takes up the post in Tel Aviv following the end of Matthew Gould's five-year stint.

A Foreign Office veteran, Mr Quarrey was previously a private secretary to Tony Blair during the Labour leader's time as Prime Minister.


Neo-Nazis planning anti-Shomrim demonstration for Finchley

By Josh Jackman, July 10, 2015

A white supremacist group has said it is planning a new demonstration to oppose a Jewish volunteer security organisation.

The New Dawn Party, which attended last Saturday’s neo-Nazi demonstration in central London, has revealed that it will run a protest opposing the Shomrim group in Finchley, north London, in September.


'Utter hypocrite' Todros Grynhaus jailed for 13 years for sex assaults

July 10, 2015

A Jewish teacher and rabbi’s son who molested two teenage girls was “an utter hypocrite” who professed his Orthodox faith while “cynically condemning his victims to suffer”, a judge has said.

Todros Grynhaus, 50, was jailed for 13 years and two months on Friday.

He must pay one victim £45,000 and the other £35,000 in compensation as well as prosecution costs of £35,000.


Todros Grynhaus jailed for sexual assaults

July 10, 2015

A Jewish teacher turned businessman has been jailed following his conviction for a series of sexual assaults on teenage girls.

Todros Grynhaus, 50, was sentenced to 13 years and two months in jail at court in Manchester on Friday.

He was also handed an extended four year licence.


UK Israel Tech Hub wins Foreign Office innovation award

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2015

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has presented an award for innovation to the UK Israel Tech Hub at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Outgoing ambassador Matthew Gould said he was “very proud of my old colleagues” at the Hub on receipt of the Diplomatic Excellence: Encouraging Innovation award.


Iran nuclear deadline passes and still no deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 9, 2015

As what was supposed to be the final round of talks between the P5+1 group of world powers and Iran over a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear programme was heading to the end of its second, unscheduled week, it was unclear whether a deal could be reached, or whether a deadline to achieve one still existed.


Amnesty maps 'Israeli law breaches'

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2015

Amnesty International UK and a London university have released a digital mapping project that purportedly records the "deadly pattern of Israeli attacks" on Gaza during the 50-day-war last summer.

Released this week to mark the one-year anniversary of Operation Protective Edge, the online Gaza Project includes satellite images, testimony, photos and videos.


One year post-Gaza, and there is a surge in pro-Israel grassroots groups

By Josh Jackman, July 9, 2015

Since bursting into prominence last summer in reaction to rising antisemitism and dissatisfaction with the establishment's response to the Gaza conflict, grassroots organisations have flourished.

Friends of Israel groups in Sussex, north London and the north-west have grown in stature, while others have triumphantly emerged in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Cumbria.


Coroner review welcomed by community

By Naomi Firsht, July 9, 2015

Community leaders have welcomed the government's decision to review coroner services following complaints from Jews and Muslims over delays in releasing bodies.

Senior representatives of the Jewish and Muslim communities met Justice Secretary Michael Gove last month to discuss concerns over the service in London.


'Selfless heroes' honoured by Wizo

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2015

BBC journalist John Ware has claimed the corporation often scrutinises Israel far more closely than the Palestinians in its coverage of the Middle East conflict.