Baddiel at APPG

APPG event by Jenni Frazer for Jewish News Feb 6 2018 The writer and comedian David Baddiel has made an impassioned plea for antisemitism “to be seen as just as important as other racisms”, adding that he believed Holocaust denial to be clearly antisemitism. But Baddiel, who clashed only last week on social media with […]

  • 8 February, 2018

Jonathan Arkush calls it a day

Arkush for Times of Israel Jan 31 2018 What looked like a workaday email update last weekend contained a shock announcement for Anglo-Jewry —the decision of Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush not to stand for a second three-year term. The elections to lead the British Jewish community’s representative body aren’t until May 13 — […]

  • 8 February, 2018

Gavin and the tarantula

CFI parliamentary reception for Jewish News January 31 2018 Britain’s new Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson, made the annual Conservative Friends of Israel parliamentary reception one of his first public appearances in his new role — and made a passionate case for Britain to maintain a close partnership with the Jewish state. Speaking […]

  • 8 February, 2018

Sex abuser’s sefer Torah is rejected by Chabad

Chabad row for the JN by Jenni Frazer January 2018 A sefer Torah paid for and completed by a convicted child sex abuse offender, Menachem Mendy Levy, has been rejected by the Chabad community of Golders Green. Last week there were celebrations in Golders Green after the completion of the sefer Torah. According to a […]

  • 7 January, 2018

Dweck: the ruling

For the Jewish News published July 21 2017 Rabbi Joseph Dweck, Senior Rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community, has held on to his job after a ruling by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’s review committee. But Rabbi Dweck has had to pay a high price — he has had to relinquish being a dayan on the […]

  • 23 July, 2017

Palexpo professor dissects the “Israel lobby”

For the Jewish News July 8 2017 The controversial South African sheikh who quoted a Joseph Goebbels speech referring to Jews as “fleas” said this week that he thought it was “fair” to say “that a people who had gone though oppression should not mete it out to others”. Sheikh Ebrahim Bham was a keynote […]

  • 10 July, 2017

Birthday honours

For the Jewish News June 17 2017 Members of the Jewish community from across the religious spectrum have been named in the latest Queen’s Birthday Honours List, with services to Holocaust education being highlighted this year. Broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky has been awarded an OBE for her work with Holocaust survivors through the Holocaust Commission. Two […]

  • 18 June, 2017

A candidate for all the wrong reasons

For the Times of Israel posted May 1 LONDON — Shneur Odze has sparked headlines throughout his campaign to become mayor of Greater Manchester. First for refusing to shake hands with female rivals, and then for burning a Bible, which he said came from a missionary group, while destroying leavened bread products before the Passover […]

  • 2 May, 2017

Lithuanian Shoah ‘whitewash’ claim

For the JC posted March 30 2017 The Lithuanian parliamentary ombudsman, Augustinas Normantas, has refused to open an investigation into a complaint that his country’s Genocide and Resistance Centre presents a revisionist version of wartime history. Instead, the ombudsman said that the centre itself must address the issue first, and “if its answer is disputed, […]

  • 30 March, 2017

Tory peeress says volunteers Britons who fight for Israel should be prosecuted

For the Times of Israel posted March 30 2017 LONDON — A once-prominent British politician has come under fire from Jewish and Conservative leaders for likening British citizens in the Israel Defence Forces to Muslims who join paramilitary and terrorist groups. Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, who resigned from the government in 2014 after calling its policy […]

  • 30 March, 2017