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

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    6 days ago

    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...

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  • 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...

  • Iran, six powers agree to four-month extension of nuclear talks

    July 18, 2014 | 3:58 pm

    Iran and six world powers on Friday agreed to a four-month extension of negotiations on a long-term nuclear deal that would gradually end sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, diplomats close to the talks said.

    Iran, the United States, Britain, France,...

  • Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks spends a weekend in L.A. envisioning the Jewish future

    By Jared Sichel

    February 26, 2014 | 4:07 pm

    Swiping his finger to the left, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Britain’s now-former chief rabbi, and arguably the world’s most prominent religious Jewish leader, was looking for a text he felt might show how Orthodox Jews can spread a Jewish message to the Western world.

    He wasn’t...

  • Iran, six powers meet on steps to carry out nuclear deal

    December 9, 2013 | 10:26 am

    Iran and six world powers began expert-level talks on Monday to work out nitty-gritty details in implementing a landmark accord for Tehran to curb its disputed nuclear program in return for a limited easing of sanctions.

    The preliminary accord is seen as a first step towards...

  • U.S., France, Britain to press Assad on chemical arms

    September 16, 2013 | 10:20 am

    The United States, France and Britain warned President Bashar Assad on Monday that there would be consequences if he fails to stick to a deal under which Syria must give up its chemical weapons, and U.N. experts confirmed sarin gas was used in the August 21 attack in Damascus.

    ...
  • U.S. readies strikes, Syrians prepare for attack

    August 28, 2013 | 10:59 am

    People in Damascus stocked up on supplies on Wednesday and some left homes close to potential targets as U.S. officials described plans for multi-national strikes on Syria that could last for days.

    United Nations chemical weapons experts completed a second field trip to...

  • EU adds Hezbollah’s military wing to terrorism list

    July 22, 2013 | 10:26 am

    The European Union agreed on Monday to put the armed wing of Hezbollah on its terrorism blacklist, a move driven by concerns over the Lebanese militant group's involvement in a deadly bus bombing in Bulgaria and the Syrian war.

    The powerful Lebanese Shi'ite movement, an ally of...

  • Pamela Geller barred from Britain over anti-Islam views

    June 27, 2013 | 10:35 am

    Anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller was banned from entering Britain. 

    Geller on Wednesday posted a copy of a letter from Home Secretary Theresa May dated June 25 on her anti-Islam blog Atlas Shrugs that informs her that she is barred from entering the country.

    The...

  • Blood and hate are flooding Europe

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 29, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    Muslim communities in Europe are not something new. Many people suffered in middle-eastern lands, went searching for a new home where there is freedom of speech and equal rights, and started to settle in various European countries.  With time, they became more and more noticed. It...

  • Suspected London terror attack signifies no special risk for Jews, security unit says

    May 23, 2013 | 9:04 am

    British Jews are no more at risk from terrorism than they were before the slaying of a British soldier by suspected terrorists, British Jewry’s security unit said.

    “For the Jewish community security, the primary lessons remain unchanged,” CST wrote Thursday on its website....

  • U.S., Russia seek new Syria peace talks, rebels skeptical

    May 8, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    Russia and the United States agreed to seek new peace talks with both sides to end Syria's civil war, but opposition leaders were skeptical on Wednesday of an initiative they fear might let President Bashar Assad hang on to power.

    Mindful the conflict may be far from over,...

  • Former British PM Margaret Thatcher, ‘staunch friend of Israel,’ dies

    April 8, 2013 | 7:52 am

    Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was considered a good friend of Israel despite a rocky relationship with Prime Minister Menachem Begin, has died.

    Thatcher died Monday after suffering a stroke. She was 87. Thatcher suffered from dementia at the end of her...

  • David Miliband resigns from soccer team after hiring of fascist coach

    April 2, 2013 | 6:09 am

    Britain's Jewish former foreign secretary resigned from the board of a soccer club after the team appointed a coach who gave a Nazi-style salute at a game in Rome.

    Italian Paolo Di Canio, who was appointed head coach of the Sunderland team on Sunday, is a self-described fascist...

  • March was bloodiest month in Syria war, rights group says

    April 1, 2013 | 10:03 am

    March was the bloodiest month yet in Syria's two-year conflict, with more than 6,000 people killed, a third of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday.

    The group opposes President Bashar al-Assad but has monitored human rights violations on both...

  • Pakistani girl shot by Taliban starts at English school

    March 19, 2013 | 2:59 pm

    Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani girl who drew global attention after being shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls' education, returned to school on Tuesday in Britain where she has been treated for her injuries.

    Yousufzai, 15, has become an international figure as a...

  • Oxford students reject boycott Israel motion

    February 27, 2013 | 12:11 pm

    A motion calling for blanket sanctions against Israel was rejected by the Oxford University Students’ Union.

    According to the website of Britain’s Union of Jewish Students, the OUSU measure calling for the Oxford student union to boycott Israeli institutions, goods and produce...

  • Iran, world powers meet in Kazakhstan on Islamic Republic’s nuclear program

    February 26, 2013 | 7:28 am

    Iran and six world powers are meeting for talks on Iran's nuclear program.

    The talks began Tuesday in Kazakhstan. It is the first negotiations to be held in nearly eight months. The world powers are made up of Germany and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security...

  • Iran claims new uranium deposits

    February 25, 2013 | 9:57 am

    Iran claimed to have uncovered new deposits of uranium ahead of talks with world powers on its nuclear capacity.

    Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, the head of the country's Atomic Energy Organization, made the announcement at an annual conference on the nuclear industry, Reuters reported...

  • Kerry will wait on Israel visit to accompany Obama

    February 20, 2013 | 10:14 am

    John Kerry will tour the Middle East during his first foreign tour as U.S. secretary of state, but will visit Israel two weeks later with President Obama.

    Kerry's itinerary, announced Tuesday for his Feb. 24-March 6 trip, includes Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt,...

  • Anti-Semitic incidents rise by 5 percent in Britain

    February 7, 2013 | 11:03 am

    Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain rose 5 percent over the previous year, making 2012 the third highest number of incidents on record.

    The Community Service Trust, British Jewry's security unit, reported Thursday that there were 640 reported anti-Semitic incidents, compared to 608...

  • Foreigners still caught in Sahara hostage crisis

    January 18, 2013 | 11:20 am

    More than 20 foreigners were still either being held hostage or missing inside a gas plant on Friday after Algerian forces stormed the desert complex to free hundreds of captives taken by Islamist militants.

    More than a day after the Algerian army launched an assault to seize the...

  • Iran talks to resume soon, reports say

    December 17, 2012 | 10:06 am

    Iran and the six major world powers it deals with on nuclear issues are preparing for talks, according to multiple reports.

    Meetings between Iran and representatives of the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany could come as soon as the week before the New...

  • Hebrew to be nixed as foreign language in U.K. schools

    December 17, 2012 | 9:53 am

    The British government reportedly is planning to exclude Hebrew from a list of recognized foreign languages in the national education system.

    The Board of Deputies of British Jews warned last week that the exclusion of Hebrew could damage Jewish education in the country, the...

  • Israel faces European backlash over settlement plan

    December 3, 2012 | 7:49 am

    Israel faced concerted criticism from Europe on Monday over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to expand settlement building after the United Nations' de facto recognition of Palestinian statehood.

    Britain, France and Sweden summoned the Israeli ambassadors in their...

  • Malala Yousafzai and Pakistan’s dilemmas

    By Mahim Maher

    October 17, 2012 | 2:17 pm

    Malala Yousafzai, the girl at the center of a loud nationwide debate in Pakistan, is silent.

    At least for now she is recovering from gunshot injuries at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham in Britain.

    She was attacked on Oct. 9, when masked gunmen hunted her down and shot...

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