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  • Scotland won’t extradite alleged war criminal

    LONDON, Sept. 6 (JTA) — Jewish leaders are criticizing Scotland’s decision not to extradite a suspected Nazi war criminal because of his poor health. “It is appalling that” Anton Gecas “would escape without trial,” Lord Janner of Britain’s Holocaust Educational Trust told JTA. “He is getting the sort of justice the Nazis never gave their…

  • British Jewish group dis-invites Austrian rightist

    LONDON, Aug. 19 (JTA) — An Orthodox education center in Britain has withdrawn its invitation to a leading Jewish member of Austria’s xenophobic Freedom Party. The invitation to Peter Sichrovsky was canceled after sponsors of the Yakar center threatened to withdraw support for the institution, according to Rabbi Jeremy Rosen, Yakar’s director. But Rosen defended…

  • Jewish leaders attack U.K.’s Farrakhan decision

    LONDON, Aug. 1 (JTA) — Lawyers for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan have succeeded in overturning a 15-year-old ban on his visiting Britain. Jewish groups had been instrumental in getting Farrakhan barred from the United Kingdom in 1986 on the grounds that his presence could stir up racial tension. Jewish leaders reacted with dismay…

  • British business official resigns for anti-Semitism

    LONDON, Aug. 9 (JTA) — The policy director of Britain’s Federation of Small Businesses has resigned over allegations of anti-Semitism. Jewish leaders welcomed the resignation Wednesday of Donald Martin from one of the top positions in the FSB, a 160,000-member lobbying group. Martin told the JTA he is “neither anti-Semitic nor racist,” and said he…

  • Jewish leaders attack U.K.’s Farrakhan decision

    LONDON, Aug. 1 (JTA) — Lawyers for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan have succeeded in overturning a 15-year-old ban on his visiting Britain. Jewish groups had been instrumental in getting Farrakhan barred from the United Kingdom in 1986 on the grounds that his presence could stir up racial tension. Jewish leaders reacted with dismay…

  • Strains of Jewish fiddling heard in London

    LONDON, July 3 (JTA) — Last week, London’s School of Oriental and African Studies hosted a Saudi-sponsored conference on the Middle East that excluded Israelis. This week, the school was swinging to the sounds of klezmer. The strains of clarinets, trumpets, violins and accordions filled the hallways between rehearsal rooms, while in a lecture hall,…

  • Attempt to auction anti-Semitic book fails

    LONDON, June 6 (JTA) — A controversial Victorian manuscript widely described as anti-Semitic failed to sell this week when it was put up for auction at Christie’s in London. The result of Wednesday’s auction was both disappointing and humiliating for the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the umbrella organization that sought to sell the…

  • Actor bases show on King Solomon’s angst

    LONDON, July 3 (JTA) — “The prophet Elijah would not sit down for coffee at Starbucks,” Marcus Freed says confidently. “He would obliterate it.” Solomon “slept with a lot of people and got in trouble for it, Job would be on Prozac if he lived today,” Freed adds, and the judge Deborah “would not be…

  • Holocaust denier could go bankrupt

    LONDON, July 22 (JTA) — Holocaust denier David Irving is facing possible bankruptcy after being denied permission to appeal his defeat in a libel suit he brought against an American scholar. The Court of Appeal in London rejected Irving’s request to appeal last year’s verdict by judge Charles Gray that labeled him a racist anti-Semite…

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    LONDON, May 8 (JTA) — Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced that Britain’s next parliamentary elections will take place June 7, but as campaigning begins in earnest, no party is chasing the Jewish vote. The reason is simple: There isn’t one in Britain. “There is no reason to believe there will be a Jewish vote…