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  • Rumors Aside, Holocaust Teaching Will Remain Compulsory in Britain

    Britain’s Holocaust education programs still rank among the strongest in the world. That’s the message from British educators and government, contradicting recent reports that the Department for Education and Skills would scrap its Holocaust curriculum requirement. “Holocaust education in Britain is compulsory and there has never been any other suggestion,” Nikki Ginsberg, a spokeswoman for… More ▸

  • In Britain, Darfur Genocide Begins to Mobilize Community

    Long after Darfur became a cause celebre for American Jews, Jewish communities in the United Kingdom are beginning to mobilize against the genocide. Under the banner “No more excuses, protect the people of Darfur,” British Jews demonstrated outside the Prime Minister’s Residence on April 29 as part of a worldwide effort to build momentum to… More ▸

  • Britain Vows to Take Rigid Stand Against Rising Anti-semitism

    Responding to a parliamentary inquiry into the rising tide of anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom, the British government made 35 recommendations to combat what one official called “the absolute scourge of our society.” The recommendations include: improving the recording and reporting of anti-Semitic incidents; reviewing and strengthening the prosecution process; accelerating efforts to confront extremist… More ▸

  • Jews and Muslims in Britain Find Common Ground in Opposing School Bill

    Jews and Muslims in Britain often are at odds on issues of civil liberties and terrorism, but they’re united in opposing a bill that would require faith-based private schools to admit 25 percent of students from outside the main faith. As the bill was debated last week in the House of Lords, Jewish leaders were… More ▸

  • Anti-semitism on the Rise in Britain, Report Concludes

    Anti-Semitism is rising in Britain, partly as a result of the situation in the Middle East, according to a new study. The Report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry Into Anti-Semitism was presented Thursday to British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The study was chaired by Labor Party lawmaker Denis MacShane and co-written by a multiparty group… More ▸

  • One Year After London Attacks, U.k. Jews Stress Communal Security

    History and geography are the major reasons why British Jewry’s security systems are decades ahead of those in the United States. As Britain marked the one-year anniversary last Friday of London terrorist attacks that killed 52 people, including at least three Jews, officials with British Jewry’s main defense organization talked with JTA about how they… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Rappers and Hipsters Gather for Punk Jewish Event in London

    When Two Live Jews penned their hip-hop hit “Oy, It’s So Humid!” in 1990, tongues planted firmly in their cheeks, their humorous, Jewish-themed lyrics were meant as a response to the controversial — and, at the time, inescapably popular — rap songs of Two Live Crew. A decade and a half later, call them Heeb… More ▸