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  • Islamic State releases video showing beheading of UK hostage David Haines

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    Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Saturday which purported to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.

    Reuters could not immediately verify the footage. However, the images were consistent with that of the filmed executions of...

  • Kerry to join Iran nuclear talks in bid to reach deal

    November 22, 2013 | 6:18 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will join talks on Iran's contested nuclear program in Geneva on Saturday, as Tehran and six world powers appeared to be on the verge of an elusive breakthrough in the decade-old dispute.

    The French, British and German foreign ministers, Laurent...

  • Kenya widens mall attack probe, alert for UK ‘White Widow’

    September 26, 2013 | 1:33 pm

    Interpol issued a wanted persons alert at Kenya's request on Thursday for a British woman who has been cited by British police as a possible suspect in the attack on a Nairobi shopping mall that killed at least 72 people.

    The alert was issued as Kenyan police broadened the...

  • Hollywood and the Nazis: Two historians, two opinions

    September 12, 2013 | 12:44 pm

    The study of history never lends itself to a single unambiguous view of the past.  For history is, as the British scholar E.H. Carr observed in his famous 1961 book “What is History?” “a continuous process of interaction between the historian and his facts, an unending dialogue...

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  • Prince William’s wife Kate gives birth to baby boy

    July 22, 2013 | 1:18 pm

    Prince William's wife Kate gave birth on Monday to a boy, who becomes third in line to the British throne, ending weeks of feverish speculation about the royal baby.

    The couple's first child was born at 4:24 p.m. (11:24 a.m. E), weighing 8 lbs and 6 oz. His name will be announced...

  • India-born British-Jewish artist Kapoor is knighted

    June 26, 2013 | 5:38 pm

    Anish Kapoor, a British-Jewish artist, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

    Kapoor, a native of Mumbai, India, was recognized recently for his services to the visual arts as part of the queen’s birthday honors list for 2013.

    Kapoor, 59, is the son of a Hindu father and Jewish...

  • Poll: 45 percent of Britons favor banning shechitah

    March 29, 2013 | 5:05 am

    About 45 percent of 1,900 Britons polled favored banning Jewish ritual slaughter and 38 percent said they favored banning nonmedical circumcision.

    In the poll, which was conducted last week by the YouGov polling agency for The Jewish Chronicle of London, 45 percent of respondents...

  • Attack on British soccer fans in France appears to be anti-Semitic

    February 21, 2013 | 9:58 am

    Fans of the British soccer team the Tottenham Spurs were targeted in an apparent anti-Semitic attack at a pub in Lyon, France.

    A mob of about 50 entered the Smoking Dog on Wednesday night making a Nazi salute before smashing doors and throwing chairs and other objects.

    There...

  • Why the Sunday Times of London’s cartoon IS anti-Semitic

    By Michael Berenbaum

    January 30, 2013 | 3:04 pm

    Gerald Scarfe the British cartoonist who published the sketch of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a wall on the bodies of Palestinians and using their blood as cement, has denied that he is or ever was an anti-Semite. Scarfe said: "I am not, and never have been,...

  • Pakistani girl shot by Taliban leaves British hospital

    January 4, 2013 | 10:45 am

    A Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls' education has been discharged from a British hospital after doctors said she was well enough to spend time recovering with her family.

    Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousufzai, who was shot by the Taliban in October...

  • 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...

  • British soccer fans again face anti-Semitic chants

    November 26, 2012 | 9:46 am

    Fans of a popular British soccer club spewed anti-Semitic taunts and chants at fans of a second British club whose fans are sometimes referred to as the "Yid Army."

    West Ham United fans on Sunday sang anti-Semitic songs about Adolf Hitler to supporters of the home team, the...

  • BBC correspondent slammed for ‘Jewish lobby’ tweet

    November 8, 2012 | 1:53 pm

    The umbrella organization of British Jewry criticized the BBC's correspondent in Washington for referring to the "Jewish lobby" in a tweet about the U.S. election.

    Katty Kay used the term in a question-and-answer session on Twitter, raising the ire of the Board of Deputies of...

  • Abbas hints has no ‘right of return’ to home in Israel

    November 1, 2012 | 1:38 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made a rare if symbolic concession to Israel on Thursday, saying he had no permanent claim on the town from which he was driven as a child during the 1948 war of the Jewish state's founding.

    Among several disputes deadlocking Middle...

  • Gambling British haredim blamed for spate of burglaries

    October 4, 2012 | 1:41 pm

    Gambling debts among haredi Orthodox British Jews spurred a spate of burglaries in Jewish homes and institutions, The Jewish Chronicle reported.

    The London-based newspaper quoted Police Det. Allen Windsor as saying that “there have been a large number of burglaries at Jewish...

  • British politician slammed London ex-mayor for ‘rich Jews’ quote

    October 2, 2012 | 12:02 pm

    Douglas Alexander, a former British government minister, has criticized former London mayor Ken Livingstone for allegedly saying Jews won't vote for Britain's Labor Party because they are rich.

    “It’s not our politics to try and divide voters into blocs," Alexander told London's...

  • British Jewry rips Church of England’s vote to support ‘inflammatory’ pro-Palestinian program

    July 11, 2012 | 10:16 am

    Britain’s organized Jewish community slammed the Church of England’s General Synod for endorsing an “inflammatory and partisan” pro-Palestinian program.

    The Synod on Tuesday passed a motion to support “the vital work” of the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and...

  • British exam board criticized for question on prejudice against Jews

    May 29, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    One of Britain’s leading exam boards is facing criticism for asking high school students to explain why there is prejudice against Jews.

    Education Secretary Michael Gove has condemned an exam question in which students were asked in a religious studies test, “Explain, briefly, why...

  • British union boots Israeli lecturer

    April 30, 2012 | 4:40 pm

    A workshop in Britain set to be led by an Israeli expert on negotiation and conflict management was canceled after pressure from a pro-Palestinian national union.

    Moty Cristal was due to deliver a lecture for a National Health Service workshop on negotiation, conflict resolution and...

  • British TV looking for ‘ultimate Jewish mother’

    March 15, 2012 | 10:30 am

    A British television station is searching for the “ultimate Jewish mother” for a new series.

    The four-part “Jewish Mum of the Year” series on Channel 4, which is being filmed in collaboration with The Jewish News of Britain, will air in the fall.

    Contestants reportedly will be...

  • British peer quits party post after anti-Israel comment

    February 29, 2012 | 2:18 pm

    British peer Jenny Tonge resigned as party whip of the Liberal Democrats after saying that Israel would not survive for long in its present form.

    Tonge’s remarks, made at a meeting last week at Middlesex University, included the observation that the American people would soon “get...

  • A Jewish housemaid in England at wartime

    February 25, 2012 | 10:00 am

    Natasha Solomons is a British writer whose first novel, published in the United States in 2010 as “Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English,” should have received a wider readership. Inspired by the experience of the author’s grandparents, European Jews who fled Nazism for safety in...

  • British lawmaker loses post over Nazi-themed party

    December 19, 2011 | 3:59 pm

    A British lawmaker was fired from his job working for a senior Conservative Party minister after attending a Nazi-themed party.

    Aiden Burley, 32, a parliamentary private secretary for Transport Secretary Justine Greening, was dismissed on Dec. 19, a week after photos of his presence...

  • In tiny Gibraltar, an outsized Jewish infrastructure

    December 9, 2011 | 10:41 am

    Four synagogues, a mikvah, a kosher coffeehouse and separate boys and girls religious high schools.

    Combined, they suggest a community far larger than just 750 Jews. But Gibraltar—the tiny British overseas territory of 30,000 that sits at the foot of Spain and at the gateway to...

  • British lawmaker questions Jewish ambassador’s ‘loyalty’

    December 2, 2011 | 11:13 am

    A British lawmaker came under fire for suggesting the country’s Jewish ambassador to Israel is biased because of his religion.

    Paul Flynn, a Labour parliamentarian, claimed last week that Britain’s ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, “was serving the interests of the Israeli...

  • Keira Knightley on (early 20th Century) Jews and Aryans in Love

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 26, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    Keira Knightley phoned me on a rare day off from shooting her next film, “Anna Karenina,” to discuss her portrayal of a very different kind of fraught heroine in David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method,” now in theaters. In this period drama based on true events, Knightley...

  • ‘Friday Night Dinner’ (aka Shabbat) heads to NBC

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 11, 2011 | 11:13 am

    Shabbat dinner, the weekly Jewish ritual that comprises almost as much drama as the Bible, is headed for sitcom status.

    NBC is developing an adaptation of the British show “Friday Night Dinner,” featuring a Jewish family and their weekly Shabbat dinner antics, for an American...

  • Alter Hitler figure, British Jewish group asks Madame Tussauds

    August 31, 2011 | 11:22 am

    A Jewish organization in Britain has called on Madame Tussauds to make its wax replica of Hitler look more defeated.

    The UK Zionist Federation told the Evening Standard that making Hitler look more vulnerable and not “upright” could prevent guests from posing next to the figure...

  • Jewish member to sue British academic union

    July 12, 2011 | 10:42 am

    A Jewish member of Britain’s University and College Union is suing the academic group for what he alleges is a pattern of anti-Semitic harassment.

    Ronnie Fraser, chairman of the Academic Friends of Israel group, in a letter to UCU general secretary Sally Hunt wrote of his plans to...

  • Syria orchestrated border infiltration, British paper reports

    June 14, 2011 | 10:14 am

    Syria’s government orchestrated the infiltration of Israel’s northern border by hundreds of Palestinians, a British newspaper reported.

    Michael Weiss, blogging on the Daily Telegraph website, reported that he had been forwarded “what appear to be Syrian state documents” leaked by...

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