British housing company apologizes for threatening to strip tenants’ mezuzahs

(JTA) – A housing company in the London area apologized to Jewish residents for threatening to take down their mezuzahs if they did not remove the religious object themselves.

Warwick Estates, located on the northern edge of the British capital, wrote in a statement Monday that it was sorry for its “overzealous” letter to residents of Cedarwood Court, near the heavily-Jewish London area of Stamford Hill. [Read more…]

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Prince Charles hosts former child refugees to mark 80th Kindertransport anniversary

(JTA) – Prince Charles met with former child refugees who arrived in Britain on the Kindertransport at the start of World War II.

The Holocaust survivors, who were saved from the Nazis, were marking the 80th anniversary of the organized effort to bring some 10,000 mainly Jewish children under the age of 17 to Britain, where they were cared for. The heir to the throne hosted them for a reception at St. James Palace. [Read more…]

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Councilwoman for Scottish Labour Party accuses three British newspapers of working for the Mossad

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(JTA) – A councilwoman for the Scottish Labour Party accused three British Jewish newspapers of working on behalf of the Mossad after they posted a joint front page article warning that anti-Semitism had eroded the Labour party and posed an “existential” threat to British Jewry.

“If the purpose is to generate opposition to anti-Semitism, it has backfired spectacularly. If it is to get rid of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Leader, it is unlikely to succeed, and is a shameless piece of cynical opportunism.

“And if it is a Mossad assisted campaign to prevent the election of a Labour government pledged to recognize Palestine as a state, it is unacceptable interference in the democracy of Britain,” Mary Bain Lockhart wrote on Facebook. [Read more…]

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U.K. anti-Semitic incidents at historic high

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in London after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, June 24, 2016. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has called Hamas and Hezbollah his “friends” and defended an anti-Semitic mural, among other scandals involving his party’s policies on anti-Semitism. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

(JTA) – British Jewry’s main watchdog on anti-Semitism recorded 727 hate incidents in the first half of 2018, the second-highest six-monthly total on record.

The report by the Community Security Trust, or CST, for this year’s first six months constitutes an 8 per cent drop from the corresponding period last year, CST said in the document published Thursday. [Read more…]

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Britain to lead review of incitement in Palestinian textbooks

(JTA) – The British government and other donors to the Palestinian education system will undertake a review of incitement against Israel and Jews in Palestinian textbooks.

“There is no place in education for materials or practices that incite young minds toward violence,” Parliament member Alistair Burt, a Foreign Office minister, said during a debate Wednesday in the House of Commons, the British parliament’s lower house, on incitement in Palestinian Authority textbooks. [Read more…]

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