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…]


‘Three Billboards’ film inspires activist to shame British Labour Party for anti-Semitism

(JTA) – Inspired by an Oscar-nominated American film, activists against anti-Semitism in Britain raised thousands of dollars for erecting three billboards outside the headquarters of the Labour Party.

Days after setting up an appeal for donations on an online crowd-funding platform, the Community United against Labour Party Antisemitism, or Culpa, group raised $4,860 US out of their goal of $6,300 US for the sign campaign outside Labour’s headquarters on London’s Victoria Street. The money came from approximately 100 donors. [Read more…]


Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain hit record high for second consecutive year

(JTA) – The number of anti-Semitic attacks recorded in the United Kingdom rose slightly in 2017, marking a new record for the second straight year, but saw a significant gain in violent assaults.

The 1,382 cases recorded in the annual report of the Community Security Trust, or CST, which is British Jewry’s largest watchdog on anti-Semitism, represented a three per cent increase in 2017 over the previous year. [Read more…]


Amnesty International UK ‘targeting Jewish community,’ British Jewish group alleges

(JTA) – The main umbrella group of British Jews accused its local branch of Amnesty International of targeting the community following the abrupt cancellation of a joint event.

The accusation by the Jewish Leadership Council – a charity founded 15 years ago comprising 32 groups with different politics, including the Board of Governors of British Jews, the Jewish World Relief aid organization and several synagogues – came Monday following the cancellation of an event concerning Israel and the United Nations. [Read more…]


‘Jewish’ left off as religious category in British students’ survey

(JTA) – The president of Britain’s National Union of Students (NUS) apologized after the option of identifying as Jewish was left off a student survey for the second time.

A question about students’ religions on a survey sent out last week, as on a survey in July, gave as options: “Buddhist,” “Christian,” “Hindu,” “Muslim,” “Sikh,” “Spiritual,” “Agnostic,” “Atheist,” “Any other religion or belief,” “Other” and “Prefer not to say.” [Read more…]