UK news

Nazi-quote MEP removed from European Parliament

By Robyn Rosen, November 24, 2010

A British MEP has been thrown out of the European Parliament chamber after quoting Nazi slogans.

Godfrey Bloom, the UKIP member for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, said: “Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuehrer” which means “One People, One Kingdom, One Fuehrer” as German MEP Martin Schulz was making a speech this morning.

The phrase was a political slogan used by the Nazis.

Mr Bloom refused when asked to apologise and said: “You are an undemocratic fascist.”

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'Israel a rogue state' student runs for Cambridge Union president

By Jennifer Lipman, November 24, 2010

A student who helped win a debate on the delegitimisation of Israel by arguing that it is a “rogue state” only because of positives including humanitarianism and protection of civil liberties is hoping to become the next president of the Cambridge Union.

Gabriel Latner, from Toronto, was given a life ban from the union last month after the debate in which he opposed Ran Gidor, Israel’s minister for political affairs, to share a platform with pro-Palestinian campaigner Lauren Booth.

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Vanessa Feltz to hand over to Chris Evans every morning on BBC

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2010

Vanessa Feltz has been confirmed as the new presenter for the Radio 2 Early Breakfast show.

As the JC reported last week, the Jewish broadcaster will take over from Sarah Kennedy in the slot, starting from January 2011.

Her new role will not prevent her from continuing to present her weekday programme on BBC London.

Ms Feltz said she was “overjoyed” to be joining the UK's most listened to network.

“I'm a huge fan of Radio 2 - home of many of the country's most beloved presenters.

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Galloway, Corbyn rapped by Ofcom for Press TV Israel programme

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2010

Ofcom has ruled that George Galloway repeatedly breached broadcasting standards on impartiality during a series of Press TV programmes on which he described Israel as “a terrorist gangster state” and a “miscreant, law breaking rogue, war launching, occupying state.”

The media watchdog also found that Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn did not show due impartiality when he appeared on the Iranian-backed channel as a guest on Mr Galloway’s weekly Comment show.

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Antisemitic material taught at Islamic schools

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2010

A BBC investigation has revealed that Britain’s Islamic schools are teaching pupils antisemitic information from a Saudi Arabian textbook.

According to a Panorama report, 5,000 children as young as age six are being taught from the official Saudi national curriculum, which includes among its lessons a list of the "reprehensible" qualities of the Jews.

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Katie Waissel helped in next round of X Factor

By Katie Taylor, November 22, 2010

Katie Waissel’s fortunes looked much brighter this week as she sailed through to the next round of the X Factor.

The 24-year-old looked shocked as her name was the first to be called to go through to next week’s show, hugging her fellow contestants and mentor Cheryl Cole.

On Saturday’s Beatles themed show, Katie sported a new 1960s haircut and sang the hit Help.

She received a mixed reaction from the judges. Dannii Minogue said: “Every week you say this is the real me, this is the real me and every week it’s something completely different.

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Former youth leader to take over at New Israel Fund

By Jennifer Lipman, November 19, 2010

The former national leader of youth movement Habonim has been appointed as the chief executive of the UK branch of the New Israel Fund (NIF).

Adam Ognall will take over in January 2011 from Ellen Goldberg, who is returning to Israel after four years in the role.

Mr Ognall, who founded a sustainability enterprise called GreenMinds, is the current chair of North London charity Restore. He previously served as the co-chair of the Zionist Youth Council and worked at the Charity Commission.

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Oona King, Michael Grade, Stanley Fink to go to House of Lords

By Marcus Dysch and Jennifer Lipman, November 19, 2010

The chair of Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel (LDFI) and the former chief executive of the Chief Rabbi’s Office are among the more than 50 new members of the House of Lords.

Monroe Palmer, a Liberal Democrat councillor, will be joined as a peer by two Jewish former MPs, Susan Kramer and Oona King.

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Technology chief Jonathan Kestenbaum set for Lords

By Jennifer Lipman, November 19, 2010

The former manager of Great Britain’s Maccabiah Team is expected to be named as a Labour peer later today.

Jonathan Kestenbaum, chief executive of the endowment fund for science and technology (NESTA), has been tipped to be included on a list of as many as 50 new working peers to be announced by Downing Street.

Jewish academic Dr Maurice Glasman and former Labour MP Oona King are also expected to be given peerages, as are Andrew Feldman, the joint chairman of the Conservative party, and the party’s treasurer Stanley Fink.

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Amy Winehouse to tour Brazil

By Jennifer Lipman, November 19, 2010

Amy Winehouse is to return to the stage after nearly two years with a series of concerts in South America early next year.

The Jewish singer, who grew up in north London, will perform four dates in cities around Brazil in January. The American singer Mayer Hawthorne, whose real name is Andrew Mayer Cohen, will support her on the tour.

She will travel with bodyguards including accompanied a former SAS officer in order to ensure her safety while in the country.

Ms Winehouse, 27, is expected to release a new album after the Brazil tour.

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