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  • Palestinian Authority to sue UK over Balfour Declaration

    July 26, 2016 | 9:54 am

    With the 100th anniversary of a key Zionist declaration approaching, the Palestinian Authority said it plans to sue Britain for issuing the edict.

    The P.A.’s foreign minister, Riyad al-Malki, told Arab League leaders in Mauritania on Monday that the Palestinian Authority will sue...

  • British lawmaker accuses Israel of causing rise in jihadism

    July 21, 2016 | 2:12 pm

    A British lawmaker who said Israel would eventually disappear accused the Jewish state of being a major cause in the rise of jihadism worldwide.

    Following the statement Thursday by Jenny Tonge, a House of Lords member from the Liberal Democrat party, the Board of Deputies of...

  • Theresa May, UK’s incoming prime minister, seen as friend to Israel

    July 11, 2016 | 2:08 pm

    British Conservative Party leader Theresa May, who is expected to succeed David Cameron as prime minister when he resigns Wednesday, is being welcomed as a longtime friend of Britain’s Jewish community and a strong advocate for Israel.

    May, 59, was named party leader Monday...

  • On Brexit

    July 6, 2016 | 8:49 am

    Should any country give its residents a chance to vote on how they feel things are going, probably a significant proportion would show their unease, unhappiness, and dissent to an even greater extent that did the Brits. Most never do and have never done so. In the past, the Brits...

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  • British Jewry welcomes return of repentant Labour MP suspended for anti-Semitism

    July 5, 2016 | 1:35 pm

    British Jews welcomed the reinstatement of a Labour lawmaker who apologized for suggesting Israeli Jews should be moved en masse to America.

    Naz Shah was re-admitted into the party two months after she was suspended for a comment she made on social media two years ago....

  • In a post-Brexit Scotland, Jews warm up to a rising nationalist party

    July 5, 2016 | 12:06 pm

    The last time that Scotland voted on whether to become independent from the United Kingdom, most of its 7,000 Jews thought doing so was a bad idea.

    Worried that Scottish independence would encourage nationalism and embolden an already aggressive anti-Israel movement with deep...

  • My Visit with Victoria and David Beckham

    By Ilana Angel

    July 5, 2016 | 11:05 am

    I am in London this week working and rather than stay by myself in a hotel, I am staying with friends. I will call them “Victoria and David Beckham”. They are young and attractive people who have three sons. Just typing out “three sons” is exhausting. This house is full of love and...

  • Have we taken leave of our senses?

    June 29, 2016 | 9:00 am

    As a British Jew in London, I got a rude awakening on the morning of June 24. Looking at my phone at 7 in the morning, I could hardly believe what I was reading in the notifications from the news sites I subscribe to.

    I am rabbi to a congregation of more than 3,000 members, and...

  • Brexit splits UK from Europe and Labour from its party leader

    June 28, 2016 | 2:08 pm

    Only a week ago, Jeremy Corbyn seemed to have survived his biggest public relations debacle as the leader of Britain’s Labour Party:  the proliferation of anti-Semitic rhetoric among its members.

    Yet this week, the British vote to leave the European Union achieved what Corbyn’s...

  • Ex-London Mayor Ken Livingstone accuses Israel of ethnic cleansing, but not Nazism

    June 28, 2016 | 1:55 pm

    Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone told a Parliament committee that he does not believe Zionism or the policies of the Israeli government are at all analogous to Nazism.

    Livingstone also reiterated that he regretted saying Adolf Hitler supported Zionism because of the...

  • UK vows action after racist attacks on Poles and Muslims in wake of Brexit

    June 28, 2016 | 11:57 am

    Polish and Muslim leaders in Britain expressed concern on Monday after a spate of racially motivated hate crimes following last week's vote to leave the European Union in which immigration was widely regarded as a key factor in the outcome.

    Police said offensive leaflets...

  • British Jewish leaders keep mum on wisdom of Brexit

    June 24, 2016 | 1:37 pm

    Britain’s Jewish leaders had mixed reactions to the country’s surprising vote in favor of leaving the European Union, with few offering an opinion on whether or not leaving the EU is a good idea.

    Several praised Prime Minister David Cameron, who announced after the vote that he...

  • The Brexit: Six things you need to know

    June 24, 2016 | 9:47 am

    Great Britain and the rest of Europe woke up to a new reality Friday as a slim majority of British voters said their country should leave the European Union. Markets trembled, British currency crashed and British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his pending resignation. It...

  • 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...

  • Citing Kindertransport, British Jewish clergy urge UK to take in more refugees

    September 22, 2015 | 11:36 am

    More than 100 British Jewish clergy signed a letter urging the United Kingdom to take in more Syrian refugees.

    In a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron, the rabbis and cantors referenced the 10,000 Jewish children that the United Kingdom rescued from the Nazis between...

  • Netanyahu and Hammond face off over Iran deal

    July 16, 2015 | 10:17 am

    An on-camera, testy exchange between British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid bare on Thursday tensions over the nuclear deal between foreign powers and Iran.

    A day after telling Britain's parliament that Israel would not have...

  • UK police ‘stop plane on runway’ to detain Syria-bound teenager

    December 17, 2014 | 8:33 am

    British counter-terrorism officers stopped a plane as it taxied towards the runway at Heathrow to prevent a 15-year old girl from traveling to Syria to join Islamist fighters, the Evening Standard newspaper said on Wednesday.

    The girl, from east London, had saved up and bought a...

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

    September 15, 2014 | 12:32 pm

    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

    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...

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

    September 13, 2014 | 4:13 pm

    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

    September 10, 2014 | 12:09 pm

    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...

  • 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

    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 Tess Cutler

    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...

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