UK news

Shechitah under fire in EU

By Robyn Rosen and Esther Voet, April 14, 2011

The Conservative MEP accused of discrimination after he made new attempts to label kosher meat has withdrawn the plan.

Struan Stevenson, who represents Scotland in the European Parliament, has pulled an amendment to the food information bill calling for kosher meat to be labelled "this product comes from an animal slaughtered by the shechitah method", and the equivalent for halal.

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England footballers line up against hate chants

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2011

A short film featuring England footballers has been launched to tackle antisemitic abuse and chants in the beautiful game.

The Y Word, written by comedian David Baddiel and his writer brother Ivor, highlights the use of the word "Yid" and fans hissing to imitate gas chambers at matches.

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George Galloway suing Canadians over Hamas-funding claim

By Jennifer Lipman, April 13, 2011

Anti-Israel activist George Galloway has announced that he is suing the Canadian government.

The former Respect MP and Press TV presenter began legal action because he claimed the country's Immigration Minister Jason Kenney damaged his reputation when he banned Mr Galloway from Canada as a threat to national security in March 2009.

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London's Westminster university votes in Islamic extremism linked leaders

By Marcus Dysch, April 12, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students has said it is “unacceptable” that two students linked to extreme Islamist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir have been elected to lead a university student union.

Tarik Mahri and Jamal Achchi were elected by University of Westminster Students’ Union members despite the NUS’s no-platform policy for the radical group.

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The Jew who could be Prince William

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2011

A student from Stanmore could be flying to Tel Aviv for free if he triumphs in a contest to find a lookalike for Prince William ahead of the Royal Wedding.

Daniel Tannenbaum, 21, is currently at number five in the ranking for EasyJet's international lookalikes competition. The top ten hopefuls will be given free flights over the weekend of the wedding at the end of April.

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Claudia Winkleman to present Channel 4 show

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2011

Claudia Winkleman is to present a new showbiz interview programme on Channel 4.

The Strictly Come Dancing presenter, who succeeded Jonathan Ross as host of the BBC's flagship film programme last year, will be joined by celebrity guests in six episodes this summer.

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Boris Johnson aide Sir Simon Milton mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2011

The Jewish chief of staff to London mayor Boris Johnson has died at the age of 49.

Sir Simon Milton, who spent eight years as the leader of Westminster City Council, died yesterday in hospital after a short illness.

Sir Simon, who was knighted for services to local government in 2006, also served as chairman of the Local Government Organisation.

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Police looking for Mud Club founder abusers

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2011

Socialite Philip Sallon is recovering after he suffered a fractured skull in an assault.

Mr Sallon was punched, kicked and stamped on after being approached by two men in Piccadilly Circus in the early hours of April 2.

A fixture on the London club scene, Mr Sallon is renowned for his flamboyant dress sense.

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Arts fellowship for historian Geoffrey Alderman

By Jennifer Lipman, April 8, 2011

Geoffrey Alderman has been elected a Life Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts

The academic and writer Geoffrey Alderman has been elected a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Professor Alderman, who lectures on history and politics at the University of Buckingham, first became an RSA fellow in 1991, when he joined the ranks of people ranging from Karl Marx to Nelson Mandela.

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BNP exodus boosting English Democrats

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 8, 2011

A string of defecting British National Party members now standing for the National Front and the English Democrats Party in May's local elections has sparked fears that the extreme right could gain political power through the back door.

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