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  • Ahead of historic vote, many Scottish Jews wary of independence

    2 weeks ago

    Bright blue signs scream “Yes” while red ones urge “No, thanks” in the streets of Scotland’s largest city just days before a vote on whether to secede from the United Kingdom.

    But at Frank Angell’s house, his windows are empty and his yard is bare.

    A former local council...

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

    2 weeks ago

    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...

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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • Why Scottish Jews are nervous about independence referendum

    3 weeks ago

    Whenever I did something wrong in school my teachers would shake their heads and mutter to each other, with feeling, “Her mother’s English, you know,” in a sort of well-the-poor-girl-can’t-help-it tone of voice. The general ethos was that Scotland, and Scottish education, was...

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  • London theater will host Jewish film fest after all

    August 15, 2014 | 12:21 pm

    A London theater that refused to host a Jewish film festival because of the event’s Israeli government funding has reversed course.

    The Tricycle Theatre decided to continue serving as a venue for the UK Jewish Film Festival after the theater’s initial refusal earlier this month...

  • 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...

  • Glasgow city council flies Palestinian flag

    By tessc

    August 8, 2014 | 10:43 am

    The city council of Glasgow, Scotland, displayed a Palestinian flag on its building in solidarity with casualties in Gaza.

    The council raised the flag over the City Chambers Friday, the Jewish Chronicle of London reported, in support of “innocent people who are being hurt in...

  • Jewish Flash Mob in London

    By tessc

    August 4, 2014 | 2:34 pm

    Pro-Israel flash mob demonstrations are spreading like brushfire. On July 24, Jewish Youth of Austria for Israel staged a flashmob in a Vienna plaza. Yesterday, August 3, the Israel Forum Task Force (IFTF) followed suit and staged a very similar demonstration in Trafalgar Square, London. A siren blared as IFTF volunteers dropped to the floor and took cover. IFTF director Anat Koren said the flash mob was organized as a "more original and interesting" alernative to the humdrum typical rally. Approximately 80,000 Jews live in the UK.

     

  • Survey: Half of U.K. Jews not overly concerned by rising anti-Semitism

    July 23, 2014 | 12:21 pm

    Nearly 70 percent of Jews in the United Kingdom believe anti-Semitism is on the rise, a new survey found, but half of the respondents are not overly concerned.

    Approximately half of the 1,468 respondents said anti-Semitism was “a fairly big problem,” while another half said it...

  • Royal baby, Jews and international fascination

    July 23, 2013 | 1:20 pm

    So we have a new royal baby in the United Kingdom. Mazal Tov! As someone who worked in communications for Buckingham Palace for three years, from 2009 to 2012, I was both delighted to hear the news and interested to gauge the global media reaction to the new arrival. It’s a story...

  • Feeds and Reads: Jewish stars react to royal baby

    July 23, 2013 | 10:13 am

    Mazel tov to Prince William and Duchess Kate on the birth of their first child! The little guy arrived at 4:24 pm local time yesterday in the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, weighing in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces.

    No name yet (it’s doubtful they’re waiting a full week to...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 17, 2013 | 12:48 pm

    Watch out, USA, the Israelis are coming!

    Last week, more than 1,200 Israeli young adults made their way to North America to serve as Jewish Agency emissaries at day and overnight camps throughout the continent. Overall, 200 Jewish camps in 150 communities will have some extra fun...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 27, 2013 | 12:34 pm

    King David's at the top!

    The lifestyle magazine Robb Report, has selected the King David Hotel in Jerusalem and Hotel Montefiore in Tel Aviv as two of the world's top 100 hotels in the African and Middle East categories.  The King David hotel is one of the most prestigious hotels...

  • Jewish version of ‘Downton Abbey’

    February 12, 2013 | 1:52 pm

    After numerous complaints about the hit PBS show “Downton Abbey” not having any Jewish characters, Downton makers Carnival Films has confirmed it is developing a similar show with a Jewish family, U.K.’s Jewish Chronicle reports.

    The new show will be based on Francesca Segal’s...

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 17, 2012 | 11:01 am

    Local Testimony- 2012

    The 2012 World Press Photo exhibition opened last week at Tel Aviv’s Eretz Israel Museum. The traveling international exhibition is accompanied by the thrilling Israeli Local Testimony exhibition, presenting the best of Israeli photojournalism. Dozens of...

  • UK chief rabbi: Richard Dawkins’ Bible slam anti-Semitic

    September 14, 2012 | 9:19 am

    Britain's chief rabbi has accused the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins of relying on an anti-Semitic view of the Bible in his recent book.

    Speaking at a debate filmed by the BBC earlier this month in Salford, Sacks said that a remark in Dawkins’s best-selling book "The God...

  • UK urges EU to classify Hezbollah military wing as terrorist group

    September 11, 2012 | 9:17 am

    Britain's Foreign Minister William Hague urged the European Union to place Hezbollah’s military wing on its list of terrorist organizations.

    Reuters quoted Hague as saying on Sept. 7 in Cyprus, "I would like to see the EU designate and sanction the military wing of Hezbollah."...

  • London Jewish community, already vigilant, is advised to beef up security for Olympics

    July 16, 2012 | 2:48 pm

    Typically on high alert, London’s Jewish community organizations are being advised to take additional security measures during the Olympics.

    The Community Security Trust, the charity that represents and recommends the community on matters of security, has told Jewish groups to...

  • Web Site Aimed at Jewish Visitors to the Summer Olympics in London

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    April 20, 2012 | 3:08 am

    The Summer Olympic Games in London, July 27-August 12, are just around the corner (more or less) and to help Jewish visitors and sports fans, the Jewish Committee for the London Games has launched VISIT JEWISH LONDON —a web site with a wide variety of information, from sightseeing...

  • The musical Baron Cohen brother comes into his own

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Erran Baron Cohen says that ever since he and his younger brother, Sacha -- of Borat fame -- were boys in London, he was the musician and Sacha was the comedian.

    "We used to develop and perform material after Shabbat dinner in our parents' house," recalls the musician, a trumpeter,...

  • Briefs: Hamas kills off faux Mickey Mouse; Rabbi named to new British cabinet

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm


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    Hamas Kills Off Its 'Mickey Mouse'

    Hamas plans to replace the Mickey Mouse look-alike that was killed off in its controversial children's program.

    Reuters this week quoted producers at Hamas' Al-Aqsa Television as saying that Farfur, which drew international...
  • What’s behind the Euro division on Palestinians’ Mecca pact?

    By Rina Bassist

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    When Mahmoud Abbas announced in Mecca that an agreement had been reached for a Palestinian unity government, Europe's united position toward the Palestinian Authority came apart at the seams.

    Paris strongly favored the agreement, while Berlin and Brussels remained cautious,...

  • It Pays the Bills

    By Richard Allen Greene

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A controversy has erupted after reports that a British charity set up to aid German Jewish refugees accepted royalties from the sale of Hitler's "Mein Kampf" -- even though the group no longer accepts the royalties.

    The public announcement that the German Welfare Council no longer...

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