British government proposes guideline to prevent municipal boycotts against Israel

(JTA) – The British government has unveiled a proposed guideline that is meant to counteract and prevent the passing of resolutions in favour of boycotting Israel by local municipalities.

The Department for Communities and Local Government published its plan for ending such initiatives on Monday in a leaflet containing proposed additions and revisions to a document titled the “Revised Best Value Statutory Guidance,” which offers guidelines on various issues pertaining to local government, including procurement policies.  [Read more…]

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In London, Netanyahu calls for new sanctions on Iran

British Prime Minister Theresa May with her Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, at 10 Downing Street in London, Feb. 6, 2017. (Carl Court/Getty Images)
British Prime Minister Theresa May with her Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, at 10 Downing Street in London, Feb. 6, 2017. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

British Prime Minister Theresa May with her Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, at 10 Downing Street in London, Feb. 6, 2017. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in London for talks with his British counterpart, Theresa May, called for new sanctions on Iran following its test of a ballistic missile.

In remarks before the two leaders met privately on Monday, Netanyahu said Britain should follow the example of the United States, which on Friday introduced new sanctions on Tehran and put the country “on notice” after its missile test. Trump administration officials said the test violated a UN Security Council resolution that calls on Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles for several years. [Read more…]

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Netanyahu says he’s using meeting with Britain’s May to tighten alliance with U.K., U.S.

LONDON (JTA) – En route to London, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would use his meeting with British counterpart Theresa May to tighten the trilateral alliance with Britain and the United States.

Netanyahu made the statement Sunday, one day ahead of his first meeting with May, a right-wing leader who replaced David Cameron last year following the referendum vote to leave the European Union, and one week before his first meeting with Donald Trump since his election as president of the United States. [Read more…]

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British Jews record highest-ever annual number of anti-Semitic incidents

Haredi Orthodox Jews in the Stamford Hill area of London, Jan. 17, 2015. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
Haredi Orthodox Jews in the Stamford Hill area of London, Jan. 17, 2015. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Haredi Orthodox Jews in the Stamford Hill area of London, Jan. 17, 2015. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The United Kingdom’s main watchdog group on anti-Semitism reported a record 1,309 incidents in 2016, constituting a 36 per cent increase over the 2015 tally.

Of the anti-Semitic incidents recorded last year by the Community Security Trust, or CST, 107 were cases of physical assault, compared to 87 in 2015, the report published Thursday said. [Read more…]

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Britain prevents EU council’s adoption of Paris peace conference statement

(JTA) – Britain prevented the European Union Foreign Affairs Council from adopting the closing statement from the Paris peace conference.

Britain’s action, reported by Haaretz citing European and Israeli diplomats, comes a day after Britain refused to sign the closing statement at the peace conference in Paris. Britain had sent a low-level diplomat to the conference as an observer to indicate its displeasure with the proceedings. [Read more…]

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Gas canisters, Nazi slogans hurled at four London Jews

(JTA) – Four haredi Orthodox Jews from London, including a mother and her 13 year-old son, were pelted with gas canisters by at least one man who yelled “Heil Hitler” at them from a moving car.

Police apprehended a suspect, 19-year-old Patrick Delaney, who admitted to participating in the attack last week in Tottenham in northern London, the London Economic reported Thursday. But charges were dropped against two individuals who were with Delaney in the car, including his brother. [Read more…]

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