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  • Anti-terrorism law in Britain draws praise, fire

    LONDON, Feb. 19 (JTA) — British Jews are welcoming new legislation that allows the government to ban organizations that support terrorism. The Terrorism Act 2000, which goes into effect this week, also makes it a crime to incite terrorism abroad and gives the police broad powers to arrest suspected terrorists and seize funds belonging to…

  • Frightened by violence, British tourists avoid Israel

    LONDON, Feb. 15 (JTA) — Despite several high-profile solidarity missions, British tourism to Israel has fallen dramatically since Palestinian violence erupted in late September. Thomson Travel, Britain’s largest package-tour operator, has canceled all trips to Israel through the end of the year, and El Al has reduced its number of weekly flights because of low…

  • BBC airs film on Jewish divorces

    LONDON, Feb. 6 (JTA) — Campaigners for Jewish women whose husbands will not grant them a religious divorce are praising a BBC documentary on the subject. Broadcast on BBC 1 on Monday, “Everyman: Chained Wives” examined the issue of agunot — Hebrew for “chained women.” The 50-minute program included the stories of agunot in both…

  • London man sues over Nazi uniform

    LONDON, Jan. 31 (JTA) — A Jewish stockbroker is suing his former employer for racial discrimination after being ordered to wear a Nazi uniform at work as punishment for tardiness. Laurent Weinberger, whose grandmother died at Auschwitz, complained that he had been called “Yiddo” and “Jew boy” by his manager and a colleague at the…

  • Attacks on British Jews soar

    LONDON, Jan. 31 (JTA) – Attacks on British Jews increased 50 percent in 2000, according to a report issued this week. The Community Security Trust, which monitors anti-Semitic incidents in Britain, recorded 405 such incidents against the community in 2000, up from 270 in 1999. A group spokesman said the ongoing violence between Israel and…

  • Lithuania wants to try alleged war criminal

    LONDON, Jan. 9, 2001 (JTA) – Lithuania plans to ask British officials to extradite a man accused of Nazi war crimes. Anton Gecas, 85, is alleged to have killed Jews and other civilians when he was head of a special Nazi police unit in a part of Lithuania that is now in the former Soviet…

  • Panel says Britain is bad for ‘chained women

    LONDON, Nov. 21 (JTA) – The Orthodox Jewish establishment here is insensitive to the problem of Jewish women whose husbands refuse to grant them religious divorces, women’s advocates say. The accusation follows a public forum devoted last week to the issue of agunot, as women in this predicament are called. It’s an issue that is…

  • Jewish ethicist: Genetic engineering kosher

    If a carp is genetically engineered so that it has no scales, is it still kosher? After all, fins and scales are what make a fish kosher in the first place. The question might not have as wide an application as whether a tree that falls in a forest withou

  • Jewish ethicist: Genetic engineering kosher

    If a carp is genetically engineered so that it has no scales, is it still kosher? After all, fins and scales are what make a fish kosher in the first place. The question might not have as wide an application as whether a tree that falls in a forest withou

  • Old and new topics at British film festival

    LONDON, Nov. 14 (JTA) – Britain’s largest Jewish film festival opened with a sell-out screening of a Czech film about shtetl life in the early 20th century. “Hanele,” which some are criticizing for reinforcing stereotypes, centers around the disruptions on family life when a Jewish father forbids his daughter from marrying a non-Jew. But the…