Leading British Jewish playwright Sir Arnold Wesker has died aged 83.
He passed away on Tuesday evening after a long illness, his wife, Lady Wesker, said.
Sir Arnold came to prominence in 1957 with his play Chicken Soup with Barley. It was part of his famous trilogy, along with Roots, which was first performed the following year, and I’m Talking about Jerusalem.
It is not an easy time to be a Jewish supporter of the Labour Party.
What with activists being suspended over allegations of antisemitism, a more hostile approach to Israel, and the damage done to the relationship with British Jewry by Ed Miliband's leadership and Jeremy Corbyn's election as his successor, many long-standing Jewish supporters are deserting the party.
A veteran Jewish Labour MP has been targeted by activists who are “hell-bent” on attacking her at meetings of her constituency party.
The orchestrated campaign against Louise Ellman, MP for Liverpool Riverside, from within her own local branch has created an “intimidating and hostile” atmosphere for Jewish members, a councillor said this week.
London universities hosted a series of controversial speakers in the first months of the current academic year, including one who had tweeted that “Jews are evil”, a counter-extremism group has revealed.
Eyebrows were raised when James Sorene was appointed as chief executive of research group Bicom last year.
He was billed as having been a key adviser to Nick Clegg during the former Liberal Democrat leader's time as Deputy Prime Minister - one of the most tumultuous periods in the now-diminished party's relationship with the Jewish community.