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  • Pro-Palestine efforts for naught in British election

    LONDON, June 11 (JTA) — British Jewish leaders are relieved at the failure of a Muslim campaign aimed at unseating pro-Israel legislators. Votesmart, a Web site run by Muslim volunteers, campaigned against a number of legislators who belong to Labor Friends of Israel, a lobbying bloc associated with Prime Minister Tony Blair’s victorious governing party….

  • 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…

  • Foundation backs Jewish cultural projects

    LONDON, May 30 (JTA) — A $1 million foundation, the European Association for Jewish Culture, has been established to inject creativity into Jewish life across the continent. A joint project of the Institute for Jewish Policy Research in London and the Alliance Israelite Universelle in Paris, the foundation aims to provide a total of $200,000…

  • British Jews oppose building near site of massacre

    LONDON, May 20 (JTA) — British Jews are protesting a proposed real estate development near the site of one of the worst massacres of Jews in English history. An official with the Board of Deputies, the umbrella organization that represents most British Jews, said the planned $84 million leisure and shopping center near Clifford’s Tower…

  • Muslim Web site targets pro-Israel legislators

    LONDON, May 16 (JTA) – British legislators are reacting angrily to a Web site that encourages Muslims to vote against members of Parliament seen as pro-Israel. The Web site, Votesmart, urges “British Muslims, Don’t Just Vote – Vote Smart” when the nation goes to the polls June 7 to elect a new Parliament. Jewish experts…

  • Holocaust denier denied at Oxford

    LONDON, May 10 (JTA) – A student group at Oxford has canceled a debate on freedom of speech that was to feature Holocaust denier David Irving. The Oxford Union, a debating society, decided to call off the event at the last minute after intense pressure from a range of groups including the Union of Jewish…

  • Jewish vote evenly split in Britain

    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…

  • British rabbis join Palestinians at memorial

    LONDON, April 3 (JTA) — A decision by leading rabbis to join Palestinian representatives in commemorating Palestinian suffering during the creation of the State of Israel has split British Jewry down the middle. Rabbi John Rayner, life president of the Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues, described his participation in the Deir Yassin Remembered memorial…

  • British film is a ‘Yiddish spaghetti Western

    LONDON, April 24 (JTA) – For British filmmaker Ben Hopkins, “cinema is a place to experience something new and different.” With his feature film debut, “Simon Magus,” the young writer-director has succeeded in creating something new and different – a movie that he describes as “a Yiddish spaghetti Western.” It’s as accurate a description as…

  • British census is flawed on religion

    LONDON, April 24 (JTA) – For the first time since 1851, Britain’s census includes a question on religion this year. The official bodies of British Jewry welcome the question on faith, but some Jewish thinkers believe the effort to draw a religious map of Britain is seriously flawed. Sociologist Barry Kosmin, director of the British-based…