UK news

Israeli tourism minister upbeat

By Sharron Livingston, November 11, 2010

Stas Misezhnikov, the Israeli Minister of Tourism, has announced a £2.1 million investment into the UK market to encourage visitors to Israel.


Brothel keeper may have to return £6m

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 11, 2010

A man who was jailed for running a Manchester brothel chain is to re-appear in court to discover whether he has to pay back assets made from the £6m business.

Ian Barnett, now living in St Annes Road, Prestwich, after serving half his three-year sentence, repeatedly claimed at his trial in 2008 that the police had given him permission to run prostitution in Manchester.

But he was convicted of a series of offences relating to brothel-keeping and prostitution.


Lord Phillips denies PSC anti-Israel remarks

By Jessica Elgot, November 11, 2010

The Liberal Democrat peer Lord Phillips of Sudbury has denied questioning Israel’s right to exist and claims he once volunteered to fight for the Jewish state.

The comments were said to have been made at a meeting of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign at the House of Commons last week.


Nick Clegg: we got it wrong on Israel

By Martin Bright, November 11, 2010

Deputy prime Minister Nick Clegg attempted to open a new chapter in the relationship between the Liberal Democrats and British Jews this week when he emphasised his party’s support for Israel and reiterated the coalition’s pledge to change the law on universal jurisdiction.

He told a lunch held by Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel that he was aware of past tensions, and was engaged in “an operation to clarify misunderstandings”.


Alex Epstein talks Apprentice, fame and Lord Sugar

By Jessica Elgot, November 11, 2010

Alex Epstein, the King David High School boy who couldn’t find his way round Manchester’s Trafford Centre, was the latest victim of reality TV show The Apprentice this week.

The 26-year-old from Whitefield headed Team Apollo for the task of creating a new brand of cleaning product, producing an advert described by Lord Sugar as “shockingly bad”.

Mr Epstein escaped from the boardroom last week despite messing up a marketing strategy in the Trafford Centre, where he had previously worked in retail.


Nick Clegg: full speech to Lib Dem Friends of Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, November 11, 2010

It is a pleasure to be here and to see so many distinguished guests, including Rabbi Tony Bayfield and the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks. Chief Rabbi, it is hard to exaggerate the esteem in which you are held by British people of all faiths and of none.

Kristallnacht and Government support for Holocaust education


The Apprentice: Lord Sugar fires Alex Epstein

By Jennifer Lipman, November 10, 2010

Alex Epstein has become the third Jewish casualty of the boardroom on this year’s Apprentice.

As the taxi pulled away the 26-year-old from Whitefield, Manchester said: “Lord Sugar has made a big mistake

After a narrow escape last week, Lord Sugar fired Mr Epstein when he led team Apollo to defeat with a row over yellow packaging.

As project manager Mr Epstein was tasked with creating a new brand of cleaning product and building a successful advertising campaign around it.


Islamic preacher Britain ban upheld

By Leon Symons, November 8, 2010

A judicial review has upheld the ban placed on Muslim preacher and writer Dr Zakir Naik by Home Secretary Theresa May earlier this year.

Dr Naik had planned a lecture tour to Britain in the summer at venues including the Sheffield Arena, Wembley Arena and the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre.


Ofcom rule against pro-Hamas Islam Channel

By Robyn Rosen, November 8, 2010

The Islam Channel has been found in breach of the UK broadcasting code by Ofcom after it found the London-based channel to have an anti Israel, pro-Hamas bias.

The broadcasting regulator made the ruling today following a report on the channel’s output by the Quilliam Foundation, a London-based counter terrorism think tank.

Ofcom criticised the channel’s coverage of international affairs and of the Middle East conflict for breaching rules on impartiality.


Venezuelans express Palestinian solidarity at intifada event

By Jennifer Lipman, November 8, 2010

The Venezuelan ambassador to Britain has denied that an event, marking 10 years since the outbreak of the second intifada, glorified terrorism.

However at the event, held on Saturday at the embassy’s Bolivar Hall in London and denounced by anti-extremism campaigners as a “celebration of the murder of Israelis”, speakers expressed support for Palestinian resistance against Israel.