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  • Anti-semitic Incidents Way Up in Britain, an Israeli Report Finds

    The number of violent anti-Semitic acts in Britain is rising sharply, part of an overall trend of rising anti-Jewish incidents in Europe, according to an Israeli government report. Violent attacks against Jews and Jewish property in Britain rose from 55 reported incidents in 2003 to 77 in 2004, according to figures released Sunday in a… More ▸

  • Blair Promotes London Conference As Crucial to Reviving Peace Talks

    A conference in London might be the next stop on the long road to Mideast peace, if British Prime Minister Tony Blair has his way. Blair, who visited Jerusalem and Ramallah on Wednesday, made his case to Israeli and Palestinian leaders for an international conference in London early next year that would help bolster the… More ▸

  • At London Conference, Call for Boycott of Israel Rears Its Head

    A fresh push for an academic boycott of Israel has been launched at an international conference in a London university, in what supporters describe as a newly ambitious strategy to divest from the Jewish state. Organized by the School of African and Oriental Studies’ Palestine Society and attended by around 300 people, “Resisting Israeli Apartheid”… More ▸

  • Britain Pays out Millions to People Who Survived War in Enemy Countries

    After nearly six decades, Eva Baer believes justice has finally been done for her parents. Committed Anglophiles, the Hungarian pair decided to deposit their life savings in an English bank for safekeeping before the outbreak of World War II. But after surviving the Nazi era, her Catholic father and Jewish mother were told the money… More ▸

  • Anti-semitic Incidents Up in Britain; Middle East Tensions Seen As Culprit

    Turmoil in the Middle East is behind the high number of anti-Semitic incidents in Britain, a monitoring group said. There were 375 anti-Semitic incidents in Britain last year, the second highest number in two decades, according to the Community Security Trust, which monitors such incidents on behalf of U.K. Jewry. The incidents ranged from attacks… More ▸

  • From Brewer to Media Baron: the Rise of Britain’s Lord Black

    Conrad Black — or Lord Black of Crossharbour, as he is officially known in Britain — is an old-fashioned media baron with few contemporary peers. Born in Canada in 1944 to a wealthy brewing family, Black began buying newspapers while he was still an undergraduate at Carleton University in Ottawa. By the age of 25,… More ▸

  • Sharon’s Son, Arafat Confidante Talk in London, but Achieve Little

    Senior Israeli and Palestinian officials have held closed-door meetings outside of London. The discussions held late last week included key confidants of the leaders on both sides, such as Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s son Omri and Yasser Arafat’s security adviser, Jibril Rajoub. Omri Sharon, a Likud Knesset member, has served as his father’s envoy… More ▸

  • Britain’s Conservative Party Set to Elect First Jewish Leader

    A former hard-line government minister has become the first Jew ever to lead a major British political party. Michael Howard, 62, was declared the leader of Britain’s opposition Conservative Party on Thursday. No one came forward to challenge him after the party dumped its previous leader, Iain Duncan Smith, last week. Geoffrey Alderman, a historian… More ▸