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August 23, 2016 / 19 Av, 5776

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London Ultra-Orthodox School to Shut Down for Being Too Jewish

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

The ultra-Orthodox Talmud Torah Tashbar school at 1A Rookwood Road in Stamford Hill, north London, with more than 200 students, was ordered by the Department of Education to shut down next month, after Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) inspectors had announced it was not meeting minimum standards.

Ofsted inspectors said that the school curriculum created “cultural and ethnic insularity because it is so narrow and almost exclusively rooted in the study of the Torah.” They added that they found the school to “severely restrict the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils,” not allowing them to develop “a wider, deeper understanding of different faiths, communities, cultures and lifestyles, including those of England.”

Among other things, the school was cited for not teaching in English “as a matter of religious principle.”

The British Humanist Association, which makes it its business to do away with faith-based schools, was delighted with the decision: “We’re glad that the Government has now moved to shut this particular school down… However, there are clearly many more out there just like it. The situation revealed by these reports is simply outrageous and those in government who have failed to act in the past ought to be ashamed of themselves for standing idly by while thousands of children have their childhoods stolen.”

A Department of Education spokesman said: “It is a criminal offense to operate an unregistered independent school. This school’s application for registration has been rejected and on 30 December it was informed of this decision. It has been told to close by 12 February.”

According to the Jewish Chronicle, the head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw has been leading the charge against illegal schools, urging tougher action from government after three unregistered Muslims schools were discovered in Birmingham in recent months.

The ultra-Orthodox school has the right to appeal the decision but has not yet done so.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Multiple Stabbings in London Underground Terror Attack [video]

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

A man yelling, “this is for Syria” stabbed 3 people in a London subway station on Saturday evening.

The attack happened at the Leytonstone station. One of the victims is in serious condition.

London police attempted to taser the stabber, but failed at first, and ended up having to taser the attacker 6 times.

After the stabber was captured, someone (unclear who) can be heard yelling that someone else is not a real Muslim.

Scotland Yard declared the east London incident a terror attack.

Perhaps related to this attack, a few days ago the UK began bombing ISIS positions in Syria, following a parliamentary decision.

In an unrelated story, the UK’s Telegraph reported that following a personal invitation by PM Netanyahu to Prince Charles to visit Israel, the British Royal Family will never visit Israel.

The Foreign Office declined to comment, but British officials say there are too many political landmines in the way of a visit to a country that occupies Palestinian territory and lives within disputed borders.
“Until there is a settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the Royal family can’t really go there,” said one Whitehall source.
“There have been inward State Visits by Israel, which just involves dealing with the Head of State, but in Israel so much politics is caught up in the land itself that it’s best to avoid those complications altogether by not going there.”

Jewish Press News Briefs

London Mayor Hunts Hi-Tech, Slams Anti-Israel Boycotters

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

London Mayor Boris Johnson had harsh criticism Monday for people who boycott the Jewish State, during a recruiting visit to Israel.

Johnson told an audience in Tel Aviv it is “foolish” to boycott “a country that when all is said and done is the only democracy in the region.”

However, in a possible effort to minimize the damage being done by the BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) movement in Britain, Johnson said that boycotters in London are “a very small minority.”

The London mayor and Conservative MP is on a mission to connect with Israeli hi-tech business owners and bring them to his city.

Israel, he said, is “the only place that has — in my view — a pluralist, open society.”

It has been 10 years since Johnson last had dinner in Tel Aviv, he told Britain’s newspaper, The Guardian, but added he had enjoyed that experience very much.

Hana Levi Julian

American Airlines Flight to Tel Aviv Declares Emergency

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Friends and relatives waiting for travelers aboard American Airlines Flight #AA796 from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv will have to wait a little longer to see the passengers.

An emergency was declared at approximately 10:30 am Israel time aboard the flight while enroute over England Tuesday morning.

The plane landed instead at London’s Heathrow Airport in order to evacuate a passenger with severe chest pain.

There were no related security issues on board the flight.

Hana Levi Julian

Heathrow Goes Kosher

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Kosher meat and dairy sandwiches now are available at four Heathrow Airport terminals, according got Kosher Today.

The London international hub offers kosher food at the White House Smith stories in terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Kosher food increasingly is available at major international airports, and travel experts said that the London airport can support kosher fare, just as travelers in American airports have gobbled up kosher food from New York to Boston and Florida.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Netanyahu Views Original Balfour Declaration

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara visited the British Library in London Thursday night and viewed the original Balfour Declaration, in which UK Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour declared that Britain would support the establishment of a national home for the Jewish People in the Land of Israel.

They also saw a book edited by the Prime Minister’s father, the late Prof. Ben-Zion Netanyahu, who in 1937 edited a volume.

The Prime Minister said that Herzl was a visionary and great leader and noted the link between him and the Balfour Declaration.

The Netanyahus also viewed a Passover Haggadah, Bible, an edition of the Talmudic Tractate Bava Kama and other volumes.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israel Calls British Petition to Arrest Netanyahu a ‘Publicity Stunt’

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

The Israeli Foreign Ministry has labeled a new petition in Britain to arrest Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as “a public relations stunt that has no practical significance.”

The online petition on the Parliament’s official website has gathered approximately 80,000 signatures, according to the London Telegraph, only 20,000 short of the number needed for it to be considered as a possible topic for debate in the Parliament.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon said in a statement that “the bilateral relations between Britain and Israel are closer than ever.” He noted that trade between Britain and Israel has doubled over the past several years and that academic and cultural cooperation continues, despite attempts by BDS to curtail it.

The petition states:

Benjamin Netanyahu is to hold talks in London this September. Under international law he should be arrested for war crimes upon arrival in the U.K. for the massacre of over 2000 civilians in 2014.

The British Foreign Office also dismissed the petition as a “PR exercise, and Conservative MP Sir Eric Prickles said it was “completely absurd” and added:

The petition will have no impact upon the UK-Israel relationship which is stronger than ever and prime minister Netanyahu’s forthcoming visit will enhance it further.

Even the organizer of the petition, Damiam Moran, said he does not expect Netanyahu to be arrested. He told Al Jazeera:

[The government] will just say ‘blah blah blah, universal jurisdiction, good luck’

The British government responded to the petition in abatement:

We were all deeply saddened by the violence. However the Prime Minister [of Britain] was clear on the UK’s recognition of Israel’s right to take proportionate action to defend itself, within the boundaries of international humanitarian law.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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