UK news

Jenny Tonge: Israel is 'cause of terrorism'

By Robyn Rosen, November 15, 2010

Controversial Lib Dem peer Jenny Tonge has accused Israel of being the “cause of terrorism” and said the West’s treatment of Muslims was due to “Holocaust guilt” and the power of the pro-Israel lobby.

Baroness Tonge, who was sacked in February by leader Nick Clegg as health spokesperson after demanding an investigation into allegations of organ harvesting by the IDF in Haiti, made the comments in the House of Lords on Friday.


Katie Waissel keeps X Factor place in close vote

By Katie Taylor, November 15, 2010

It was déjà vu for Katie Waissel on the X Factor as the Jewish contestant had to sing for survival for yet another week in a row.

She was placed in the bottom two for a fifth time in the series but managed to keep her place in the competition.

After performing, Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting on Saturday’s Elton John themed show, Ms Waissel looked enthusiastic and high spirited in what she called a ‘comeback song’. However, the judges were sceptical.

Judge Louis Walsh said: “It was a throwaway, forgetful performance.”


EDL leader charged after Islamic extremist clash

By Jennifer Lipman, November 12, 2010

The founder and leader of the English Defence League (EDL) has been charged with assaulting a police officer during a confrontation with Islamic extremists.

Stephen Lennon, who also uses the name Tommy Robinson, clashed with the officer during a Remembrance Day protest in Kensington, west London.

Protesters from a group called Muslims Against Crusades were burning poppies at 11am and shouting: "British soldiers burn in hell".

Two Islamic protesters and five other EDL members were arrested for public order offences after the confrontation.


Labour MP's son gets ASBO for selling 'legal highs'

By Robyn Rosen, November 12, 2010

Labour MP Louise Ellman’s son Sean has been given an Asbo to stop him selling controversial “legal highs” in his chain of drug accessory stores.

Sean Ellman, 38, has been banned from selling cannabis seeds and products containing the hallucinogen dimethyltryptamine at his Dr Hermans shops.

Mr Ellman is the son of the MP for Liverpool Riverside, who is vice-chair of the Labour Friends of Israel.

He was arrested last month for allegedly selling class A drugs.


Keeping the name alive

By Jessica Elgot, November 12, 2010

The son of a London rabbi, whose body was never found after the First World War, was one of thousands of lost soldiers remembered at the 90th anniversary of the Unknown Warrior this week.

AJEX attended the Western Front Association's commemoration ceremony on Wednesday on Platform Eight of London's Victoria station - where the original "unknown soldier" arrived in November 1920 before being laid to rest in Westminster Abbey.


Motorbike crash victim mourned

By Robyn Rosen, November 12, 2010

A Jewish pensioner has died after she was hit by a motorbike in East Finchley.

Anita Cash, 86, was taken to hospital by air ambulance after the collision on High Road, near the junction with Chandos Road, at 5.04pm on Tuesday November 2.

Ms Cash, who lived in East Finchley, passed away at the Royal London Hospital a week later, on Tuesday.

Police are appealing for information about the incident, involving a Honda Shadow 750.


Labour MPs under fire as they meet Hamas

By Simon Rocker, November 11, 2010

Labour Friends of Israel has condemned a meeting held by two of the party's MPs, one a frontbench spokesman, with representatives of Hamas.

Andy Slaughter, who was recently appointed by leader Ed Miliband to his shadow team on justice, and Jeremy Corbyn met Palestinian Legislative Council members Muhammad Totah and Ahmad Atoun in Jerusalem at the weekend.


Kabbalah footballer changes name to win

By Simon Griver, November 11, 2010

Footballer Ben Sahar has changed the Hebrew spelling of his name after kabbalists told him it would make him a better player.

The Hapoel Tel Aviv star visited Israel's Ministry of Interior last week and changed the "s" in Sahar from the Hebrew letter samech to sin.

Rabbis in the Negev town of Netivot who specialise in kabbalah said Sahar in Hebrew with a samech was an anagram of the word heres (destruction).


The RAF compared with the Israeli Air Force

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 11, 2010

In a surprising upheaval of the global military rankings, it has emerged that Israel is set to leave Britain for dust when it comes to air power.

Cuts proposed in the Ministry of Defence's recent Strategic Defence and Security Review could mean that in five years, the RAF will be fielding roughly half the number of fighters of the Israeli Air Force.

The major difference in air force planning between the countries is a result of change in strategic thinking.


Israel boycotters launch European grouping

By Marcus Dysch, November 11, 2010

Fresh attempts to promote academic and cultural boycotts of Israel will be spearheaded by a newly-established pan-European organisation.

The European Platform for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (EPACBI) includes representatives from Britain, France, Germany, Spain and five other countries with the aim of streamlining action against the Jewish state.

Members of the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (Bricup), and its French equivalent AURDIP, joined forces to set up the new group and campaign against European Union funding of Israeli academic research.