UK news

Arrest on flight from Las Vegas to London

By Marcus Dysch, March 12, 2012

Two men, believed to be Israelis, who were arrested on a British Airways flight to Heathrow on Monday, have been released without charge.

The men were said to have made threatening remarks about the plane's destination and acted “disruptively” during a flight from Las Vegas.

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UJIA chief Krikler leaving to 'broaden' his career

By Jessica Elgot, March 12, 2012

UJIA chief executive Doug Krikler has resigned after eight years at the charity to "explore new opportunities".

Mr Krikler joined the charity in September 2004, becoming chief executive in 2005.

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Protests planned for Strauss-Kahn Cambridge speech

By Jessica Elgot, March 9, 2012

Two protesters have been arrested for apparently vandalising the Cambridge Union, ahead of a talk by controversial French economist Domique Strauss-Kahn.

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Progressive rabbis join protests against health bill

By Simon Rocker, March 8, 2012

Twenty Reform and Liberal rabbis have called on Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to abandon his plans to reorganise the NHS, warning that the changes could affect care to society's most vulnerable groups.

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Hunt triumph at UCU

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2012

Sally Hunt has been overwhelmingly re-elected general secretary of the University and College Union, defeating Socialist Workers' Party member Mark Campbell.

Ahead of the election, Academic Friends of Israel warned that the union's stance on Israel during Ms Hunt's time in charge had left supporters of Israel "between a rock and a hard place".

UCU has adopted 16 anti-Israel resolutions under

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Ex-mayor forced to say sorry for 'blackshirts' outburst

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2012

A controversial councillor has been ordered to apologise to two residents whom he likened to fascists during arguments over a company with links to Israel.

In heated emails, Barnet councillor Brian Coleman dismissed their complaints as "anti-Israel nonsense" and told one: "I suppose 70 years ago you would have been in the blackshirts."

The residents had written to Cllr Coleman about waste ma

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Newspaper defends Hitler letter

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2012

The Swindon Advertiser has defended its decision to publish a reader's letter which praised Hitler.

The reader asked how Britain could come to terms with the government's austerity measures, before noting that Hitler had faced a similar economic situation when elected in Germany in 1933.

The letter concluded: "This, however, did not prevent him from embarking on a programme of extensive soci

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Swastikas anger MPs

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2012

The desecration of a war memorial involving Nazi graffiti has been condemned by MPs.

Vandals drew swastikas and comments praising the Nazis on the British Thomson Houston memorial in Rugby, Warwickshire.

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Olympic gala bows to greater royal power

By Jessica Elgot, March 8, 2012

Plans for a gala Olympic fund-raising concert for the Israeli team at the Royal Albert Hall, attended by President Shimon Peres, have ground to a halt as the event clashed with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Instead, the UK flagship event to fundraise for the Israeli athletes will take the form of a Purim celebration this weekend at KoKo in Camden - with around 1,300 people expected to attend the

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Jailed Tesler could serve his sentence in the UK

By Jessica Elgot, March 8, 2012

Relatives of British solicitor Jeffrey Tesler, who was sentenced to almost two years in a US prison for bribing Nigerian officials for £4bn construction contracts, will lobby the Ministry of Justice to bring him home to serve his sentence here.

A close relation, who did not wish to be named, said they were investigating options for the Hendon solicitor, who has dual British-Israeli citizenship

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