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  • Hasidic school in London reprimanded for not teaching about sexual orientation

    July 11, 2016 | 10:08 am

    A Hasidic school in London was reprimanded by Britain’s Office for Standards in Education for not teaching its students about sexual orientation.

    The inspection report released last week praised the Talmud Torah Machzikei Hadass in Stamford Hill for making strides in some areas,...

  • Naz Shah, UK Labour Party Member Suspended for Anti-Semitic Posts is Reinstated

    July 11, 2016 | 8:50 am

    The Britain that was a reliably gray media backwater for half a century is no more. It has been replaced by a Britain in which news that normally would have made the front page for weeks—for example, the resignation of a prime minister—is replaced within minutes by other a cascade...

  • Ex-Israeli FM Tzipi Livni decries British summons on war crimes allegations

    July 5, 2016 | 10:07 am

    British police asked Tzipi Livni to appear for an interview regarding war crimes allegations while she was Israeli foreign minister in 2008-09.

    Livni, who was headed to London for a conference convened by the Haaretz newspaper, declined the voluntary summons on Thursday before...

  • Jeremy Corbyn compares Israel to ISIS in speech against anti-Semitism

    June 30, 2016 | 8:46 am

    The leader of Britain’s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, drew parallels between Israel and the Islamic State terrorist group in a speech condemning anti-Semitism.

    “Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel or the Netanyahu government than our Muslim friends...

  • UK agency fears for future of kosher slaughter following Brexit vote

    June 29, 2016 | 9:20 am

    A group working to safeguard kosher slaughter in Britain warned of uncertainty surrounding its mission following the British vote to exit the European Union.

    A spokesman for Shechitah UK said Tuesday that he fears losing the European Union’s protections of “faith communities” or...

  • British Jewish groups condemn hate crimes in wake of Brexit vote

    June 29, 2016 | 9:05 am

    Jewish groups in Britain condemned the uptick in racist harassment and other hate crimes in the wake of the country’s vote to leave the European Union.

    There has been a 57 percent rise in reported hate crimes and racial incidents since the June 23 referendum, according to...

  • On Brexit, a view from an American rabbi in London

    June 24, 2016 | 11:09 am

    I awoke this morning in a different country. Yesterday I accompanied my wife (who holds UK citizenship) to vote on the ‘Brexit’ referendum.  She voted that the UK remain in the European Union, a position favored overwhelmingly by people in their 20s and 30s (as much as 75...

  • Polls close in UK referendum, UKIP leader sees Remain victory

    June 23, 2016 | 2:16 pm

    Polling closed in Britain's bitterly fought referendum on whether to quit the European Union on Thursday, with a prominent Leave campaigner saying he expected to lose and an early survey suggesting voters had chosen to remain in the bloc.

    The survey by pollster YouGov showed...

  • Fear as a Campaigning Platform

    June 23, 2016 | 12:10 pm

    Today the people of the United Kingdom will vote to decide if they wish their country to remain a member the European Union or not – the subject of a domestic debate possibly more heated and vitriolic than any seen in British politics in recent decades. Both halves of the campaign,...

  • British minister compares Brexit opponents to Nazi campaign against Einstein

    June 23, 2016 | 9:59 am

    Britain’s justice minister likened some opponents of the campaign to have Britain leave the European Union to Nazis behind the smear campaign against Albert Einstein in 1930s Germany.

    Michael Gove, who co-chairs the Vote Leave campaign working for Britain’s exit from the EU in...

  • Middle East poised for impact of UK withdrawal from EU vote

    June 21, 2016 | 3:14 pm

    In the run up to Thursday's vote in Britain on whether to exit the European Union, Israeli policymakers have studiously avoided comment, desiring not to be seen as interfering in the UK's internal affairs.

    Israeli analysts nevertheless stress that Israel has a definite stake...

  • David Cameron: Britain needs to be in the EU to stand up for Israel

    June 21, 2016 | 9:19 am

    In an appeal to his country’s Jews, Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain can only positively affect Europe’s approach to Israel by remaining in the European Union.

    “When Europe is discussing its attitude to Israel, do you want Britain — Israel’s greatest friend — in there...

  • British lawmaker shot dead, EU referendum campaigns suspended

    June 16, 2016 | 11:11 am

    A British member of Parliament was shot dead in the street in northern England on Thursday, causing deep shock across Britain and the suspension of campaigning for next week's referendum on the country's EU membership.

    Jo Cox, 41, a lawmaker for the opposition Labour Party and...

  • 2 British women claim they were sexually abused by Sigmund Freud’s grandson

    June 15, 2016 | 2:30 pm

    Two elderly women in Britain said that they had been sexually abused, one of them as a child, by a late lawmaker who was a grandson of the Austrian Jewish psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.

    The accusations were leveled against Clement Freud, a celebrated British broadcaster and...

  • UK anti-Semitic incidents down 22% from record number, security monitor says

    February 4, 2016 | 3:11 pm

    The number of anti-Semitic incidents documented last year in Britain was lower by 22 percent than the record figure in 2014, the Jewish community’s security umbrella said.

    The Community Security Trust, or CST, counted 924 anti-Semitic incidents in 2015 compared to the 1,179...

  • Stop! Don’t Shoot!

    By Mindy Leaf

    August 9, 2015 | 3:48 pm

    Another day, another senseless shooting.

    We bring you this summer's blockbuster season of random shootings in our nation's movie theaters! See guns discharged by madmen in quiet suburbs of Tennessee and Louisiana! (The message may be a rerun, but it's no less frightening.)...

  • With Europe drifting away, is Israel making new friends in the U.N.?

    July 10, 2015 | 9:24 am

    While significant, the vote by European countries in favor of adopting the latest United Nations report accusing Israel of possible war crimes in the 2014 Gaza war is neither unique nor particularly surprising.

    More noteworthy were the abstentions by Indian and four other...

  • Britain pays tribute to 7/7 victims 10 years after London bombings

    July 7, 2015 | 9:06 am

    Britain held a minute of silence on Tuesday to mark the 10th anniversary of al Qaeda-inspired attacks in which four suicide bombers killed 52 people across London's transport system.

    The commemoration came just four days after the country came to a standstill to mourn a massacre...

  • In Britain, Jewish and Muslim women connect over Mitzvah Day

    June 16, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    Good deeds can be contagious. Just ask Laura Marks, a British Jew who is widely credited with creating one of her community’s most widely celebrated new traditions: an annual Mitzvah Day, now in its 11th consecutive year, in which thousands of British Jews perform charity work in...

  • Angelina Jolie aims to recruit academics to fight sexual violence in war

    February 10, 2015 | 10:12 am

    Angelina Jolie said she hoped Britain's first academic center devoted to women, peace and security studies would benefit millions of girls, like an Iraqi teenager she met who had been kept as a sex slave by Islamic State.

    Opening the center at the London School of Economics – the...

  • British right-wing party backs ban on religious slaughter

    February 4, 2015 | 10:54 am

    Britain’s right-wing UKIP party has come out in support of legislation that would ban the production of ritually slaughtered meat.

    The United Kingdom Independence Party  became the first major political party in the country to call for a ban on religious slaughter for halal and...

  • Bombing the death camps during World War II

    January 21, 2015 | 4:17 pm

    Every decade, someone indignantly tells us that the United States and Britain should have bombed the rail lines at Auschwitz and other death camps during World War II. They imagine modern GPS-guided bombs that are accurate enough to enter a window. They think World War II bombs had...

  • After uproar, HarperCollins to remove atlases that omit Israel

    By Jared Sichel

    December 31, 2014 | 1:14 pm

    HarperCollins issued a statement Wednesday that it will stop the sale of atlases that omit Israel from maps of the Middle East. These books were being sold and distributed in some Arab countries. Earlier Wednesday, an official from the company’s subsidiary had defended the omission...

  • British lawmaker calls for labeling of non-stunned animal’s meat

    November 4, 2014 | 10:48 am

    Meat sold in Britain should be labeled if the animal has not been stunned before slaughter, a British lawmaker said.

    Neil Parish, who heads the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Beef and Lamb, made the call on Monday for the increased stunning of animals undergoing ritual...

  • In a perfect world, the UK Parliament would have looked different

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 15, 2014 | 8:20 am

    In a perfect world, George Galloway would have been removed from office, and Mike Freer would have stayed and fight. Sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world…

    In the past couple of days, headlines here were all about the UK, and its House of Commons' controversial vote to...

  • On last visit before vote, British PM Cameron appeals to Scots to keep Britain intact

    September 15, 2014 | 11:49 am

    British Prime Minister David Cameron used his last visit to Scotland before a historic independence referendum this week to implore Scots to remain part of the United Kingdom, warning on Monday that a breakaway vote would be irreversible.

    With opinion polls suggesting the...

  • British Jews, Muslims issue joint statement for peace and tolerance

    August 28, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    Jewish and Muslim leaders in the United Kingdom issued a joint statement, calling for peace in the Middle East and “constructive dialogue” between the two groups in Britain.

    “In spite of the situation in the Middle East, we must continue to work hard for good community relations...

  • Galloway probed for declaring his British constituency an ‘Israel-free zone’

    August 8, 2014 | 11:15 am

    Police in Britain are looking into complaints against a lawmaker who called for his constituency to be “declared an Israel-free zone.”

    George Galloway of the far-left Respect Party made the call during a speech over the weekend in Leeds, prompting an investigation by West...

  • Anti-Semitic incidents rise in Britain as Gaza conflict rages

    July 30, 2014 | 6:21 pm

    Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain have risen to a near record level since the start of an Israeli assault on the Palestinian enclave of Gaza this month, a Jewish advisory body said on Thursday.

    The Community Security Trust, which advises Britain's estimated 260,000 Jews on...

  • Anti-Semitic incidents double in Britain since start of Gaza op

    July 28, 2014 | 3:04 pm

    Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain have risen since the start of Israel’s operation in Gaza.

    The Community Security Trust told the Jewish Chronicle that 70 anti-Semitic incidents had been reported in the period between the start of the operation on July 8 and Friday.

    The Daily...

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