United Kingdom

British court says anti-BDS push went too far

Britain’s High Court has ruled that the government acted unlawfully in barring local municipal pension funds from engaging in “ethical divestment” from companies that do business in Israel. BDS activists are hailing the ruling as a victory for their cause, even though a judge said politics had nothing to do with the ruling. Hugh Lanning, chair of the Palestine...

Far-right Polish priest banned from UK for second time this year

A Polish Catholic priest with a history of antisemitic and Islamophobic statements has been prevented from entering the UK. Jacek Międlar was among three Polish nationals stopped by border authorities on Saturday morning. They were due to speak at a rally held in Birmingham by far-right group Britain First. The group’s deputy leader, Jayda Fransen, told IBTimes UK: “They have not committed...

British trade union leader insults memory of Jewish fighters against Franco

A representative of Jewish veterans of the Spanish Civil War refused to lay a wreath at a memorial in London yesterday in protest at a speaker linking the event to the struggle of the Palestinians. Martin Sugarman, a writer on Jewish military history, objected to comments made by Tosh McDonald, president of the train drivers’ union, Aslef. For more...

UK Jews and Muslims complain to BBC over reference to Holocaust in online article

The BBC has removed a line from an online story on its news website which had caused offence to both Muslims and Jews. On Wednesday, the Board of Deputies issued a joint statement together with Fiyaz Mughal, founder of Tell MAMA, calling on the national broadcaster to urgently edit the article, which said that the Holocaust was a...

Radiohead met with shouts of “Free Palestine” at Glastonbury Festival

Rock Band, Radiohead were met with shouts of "free Palestine" during their headline slot at Glastonbury music festival in south-west England on Friday. Protestors were waving Palestinian flags in front of the Pyramid Stage as the band performed, while a banner read: "Israel is an apartheid state. Radiohead, don’t play there." The demonstrations were apparently sparked by Radiohead's forthcoming...

Former UK Conservative party chair wants ban on British Jews joining IDF

A once-prominent British politician has come under fire by British Jewish and Conservative leaders for likening British citizens in the Israel Defence Forces to Muslims who join paramilitary and terrorist groups.   Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, who resigned from the government in 2014 after calling its policy towards Israel “morally indefensible,” made the new inflammatory statement in a March 29...