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Jewish Film Star Luise Rainer Dies in London at 104

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

German-born Luise Rainer, the first movie actress to win two successive Oscars for best actress, died on Tuesday at the age of 104 in her home in London.

She was born in Duesseldorf and grew up in Hamburg. Rainer’s family escaped Nazi Germany and Hollywood talent scouts found her when she was a stage actress in Vienna.

She moved to the United States in 1935. Her first Academy Award was for a relatively small part in The Great Ziegfeld  and the second for the role of a poor Chinese farm wife in The Good Earth, in 1936 and 1937 respectively.

Rainer identified herself as an Austrian because of the taint of being a German, but Hollywood did not give her serious roles. She moved back to Europe in 1943 and lived most of the time in Switzerland but had a plush home in London.

Rainer also entertained for U.S. soldiers during World War.

London Neighborhood again Vandalized with Swastikas

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

More than 20 cars and buildings in a Jewish community in north London were vandalized with swastikas.

The Nazi symbol was drawn on approximately 27 cars in the Osbaldeston Road area of Stoke Newington on Sunday night, The Daily Mail reported. An unnamed 32-year-old man was arrested in connection with the vandalism Tuesday. The neighborhood is home to as many as 20,000 Haredi Jews.

“There is a large Jewish community that lives here with Holocaust survivors and children of Holocaust survivors, and to see swastikas is not a pleasant thing for them,” Meir Taub, a volunteer for Jewish neighborhood watch group Shomrim, told The Daily Mail. “People were shocked, scared and fearful.”

This incident comes just over a week after a primary school and private home in the same neighborhood were defaced with swastikas.

El Al ‘Noisiest’ Airline at Heathrow

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

The British apparently take their noise levels very seriously – even at the airport.

El Al Airlines was rated the noisiest carrier at London’s Heathrow Airport for the period July – September 2014.

Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye penned a stern warning to El Al about the offensive noise produced by its aircraft during approach to landing (CDA, or continuous descent approach).

The airport chief executive said he’s “written to those airlines failing to meet Heathrow’s CDA standards, asking for engagement from their technical teams with the airport to increase CDA adherence.”

The quietest airlines over the same period were domestic and short-haul flights for British Airways, Virgin and Aer Lingus (Ireland).

The previous holder of the “noisiest” record in west London was the Polish airline, LOT.

Shuafat Comes to London

Monday, November 10th, 2014

London’s police come under attack by fireworks in East London. Just like in Jerusalem.

BDS Fails in Britain

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Trade between Israel and Britain reached all new highs in 2014, according to a Makor Rishon report, despite attempts by various BDS groups to to boycott Israel.

Overall trade for the first half of 2014 is 28% higher than last year, and exports from Israel to England are 38 higher than last year.

Israel exports to Britain reached 1.6 billion pound sterling, and British exports to Israel reached 957 million pounds.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said that his government will fight all antisemitism, and attempts to boycott Israel.

‘Madman’ Beheads 82-Year-Old Woman in London Suburb

Friday, September 5th, 2014

British police have arrested a 35-year-old man who ran wild with a machete in a London suburb.

The man first tried to hack away at two people but missed. He then managed to slice away at two cats and then to behead an 82-year-old woman, according to British media.

Police cornered the murderer, and zapped him with a stun gun before arresting him.

The police have not yet released a description of the killer; however, they did say they are certain that the attack was not related to terror.

The Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group has “popularized” beheadings with the barbaric murders of journalists James Foley and Steve Sotloff these past two weeks.

The victim in the north London suburb of Edmonton was Palmira Silva, apparently of Italian descent. Police said they have no reason to believe that the murderer had any connection with her.

Detective Chief Inspector John Sandlin stated, “This is was a highly visible attack in broad daylight on a residential street. I can understand why this may cause people concern; however we are confident that we are not looking for anyone else at this stage.”

British Jews To March Against Anti-Semitism

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

At least 1000 British Jews are expected to attend a protest rally in central London Sunday to to demand greater action by the police and Government against anti-Semitism.

The rally, which will be held at the Royal Courts of Justice, was called by the Campaign against Antisemitism, a new organization dedicated to identifying and fighting Judeophobia in the United Kingdom. Speakers will include Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Maajid Nawaz, a Muslim activist and co-founder of Quilliam, a counter-extremism think tank and Douglas Murray, a conservative commentator and associate director of the Henry Jackson Society.

Great Britain, like other European countries, has experienced a sharp spike in Judeophobic attacks, especially since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge on July 8.  Since the beginning of August, several synagogues have been vandalized, pro-Palestinian activists have attacked supermarkets selling Israeli products, and signs reading “Hitler was right” have been featured at anti-Israel demonstrations.

“British Jews complain the existing law is not being enforced to protect them from abuse and discrimination,” said the Campaign Against Antisemitism.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/british-jews-to-march-against-anti-semitism/2014/08/31/

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