Great Britain

  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸