Most Jewish British students say they have been targeted for their religion, study finds

(JTA) – Two-thirds of Jewish British university students believe they have been targeted due to their religion and more than a quarter worry about being the victim of an anti-Semitic attack, a new study found.

Twenty-six per cent of Jewish university students told a survey conducted by the National Union of Students that they were either “fairly worried” or “very worried” about suffering a physical attack, property damage, verbal abuse or theft because they are Jewish. [Read more…]

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British Jewry, Israel, Canada offer condolences in wake of deadly London attack

Paramedics loading a victim into the back of an ambulance as members of the emergency services work on Westminster Bridge, alongside the Houses of Parliament in central London after a shooting, March 22, 2017. (Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images)
Paramedics loading a victim into the back of an ambulance as members of the emergency services work on Westminster Bridge, alongside the Houses of Parliament in central London after a shooting, March 22, 2017. (Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images)

Paramedics loading a victim into the back of an ambulance as members of the emergency services work on Westminster Bridge, alongside the Houses of Parliament in central London after a shooting, March 22, 2017. (Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) – At least two civilians and a police officer were killed in a car-ramming and knife attack outside of the houses of Parliament in London.

British authorities are calling the attack a “terrorist incident” as they continue to investigate the motive in the Wednesday afternoon attack. [Read more…]

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Artist apologizes for hanging sign in London depicting Jews as hazardous

A Beware of Jews sign at a light post in London. (Shomrim of Northeast London)
A Beware of Jews sign at a light post in London. (Shomrim of Northeast London)

A Beware of Jews sign at a light post in London. (Shomrim of Northeast London)

(JTA) – A sign hung on a light post in a largely haredi Orthodox neighbourhood of London depicted Jews as hazardous.

Franck Allais, an artist and photographer, apologized Wednesday for the distress caused by the sign in the Stamford Hill neighbourhood, saying it was part of a project about identity. There was no word on whether Allais was facing punishment. [Read more…]

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Report: British royal family member to visit Israel

(JTA) – The British royal family will “likely” send a member to Israel on an official visit in what would be the first official visit to the Jewish state since its founding.

In a visit to Israel this week, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told Israeli President Reuven Rivlin he would ask the royals to arrange a visit this year, The Times of London reported Thursday. Senior diplomats then told the Daily Express such a visit was “likely” to occur this year, the centennial anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. [Read more…]

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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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