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  • 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 ▸

  • Jews Worried As Islamic Groups Join Anti-war Protesters in London

    Jewish community officials are concerned that Britain’s anti-war movement increasingly is attracting extremist Islamic groups to its nationwide lobbies and events. The disquiet was highlighted by a Sept. 27 rally in central London, one of a number of simultaneous worldwide protests against the war in Iraq and the U.S.-led reconstruction of the country. Islamist banners… More ▸

  • Sharon Trip to Britain Called Success, but Some Disagreements Still Remain

    Israeli officials are expressing delight with the results of a three-day visit to London by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Sharon’s meetings with top British officials have largely laid to rest tensions that have flared between the two countries in the past year, they say. “This was a very positive and warm visit,” Israeli Embassy spokeswoman… More ▸

  • Scandal Fit for a Movie Plot Rocks London’s Orthodox World by Andrew Morris

    The adage “you can’t buy love” has been put to the test here in a series of allegations that has scandalized the Orthodox community. In what has been described as a real-life Jewish version of the movie “Indecent Proposal,” North London’s kosher delis are rife with gossip about the events surrounding a millionaire convert, a… More ▸

  • Voice for a Multicultural Britain, Prince Charles Goes to Synagogue

    The heir to the British throne has reinforced his close relationship with the Jewish community by inaugurating a new synagogue in Manchester. Britain’s Prince Charles inaugurated a synagogue in Manchester on Monday. In addition to unveiling a plaque and planting a tree at the Bowden Shul, he attended a service and two receptions. A spokesman… More ▸

  • After 13 Years of Struggle, London Gets a Sabbath Boundary

    A rather proper, restrained, British — but clearly audible — gasp of delight went up from the standing-room-only crowd at London’s Finchley United Synagogue when the announcement was made: London’s eruv, or Sabbath boundary, would be operating as of Friday, Feb. 28. “It is hard to believe it is about to become a reality,” said… More ▸

  • London-based Muslim Convicted, Faces Life in Jail for Preaching Murder

    British Jews have welcomed the hate crimes conviction of a radical Muslim cleric who urged his followers to kill Jews, Hindus and Westerners. Sheik Abdullah Faisal was convicted Monday on three counts of inciting murder, as well as charges of using threatening or abusive language and of distributing recordings of his threats. During a trial… More ▸

  • Meeting in London, Women Rabbis Find Similarities Cut Across Borders

    The 100 women who gathered in London for a conference on female rabbis may have come from different countries, but they found that they face many of the same challenges. The four-day conference of the Women’s Rabbinic Network, which ended Wednesday, was the first held outside the United States, demonstrating the growing number and importance… More ▸

  • London Conference Helps Blair While Creating Tensions with Israel

    A conference this week on Palestinian reform may have rubbed Israel the wrong way, but it may well have improved British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s standing at home. Over Israel’s objections, Blair convened the conference to push for change in the Palestinian Authority. As things worked out, it not only increased his standing in the… More ▸