UK news

Vanessa Feltz frontrunner for BBC Radio 2 morning show

By Jennifer Lipman, November 16, 2010

Vanessa Feltz is expected to take over as presenter of BBC Radio Two’s early morning radio show.

The outspoken Jewish broadcaster, who currently presents BBC Radio London’s morning phone-in programme, has been described as the frontrunner for the position.

The slot, which runs between 5am and 6.30, is followed by Chris Evans’ breakfast show.

Radio 2 is looking for a replacement for Sarah Kennedy, who left the BBC in September amid allegations she had a drink problem.


Man jailed for racist YouTube videos

By Marcus Dysch, November 15, 2010

A man has been jailed for 15 months for posting racist video clips on YouTube.

Gareth Hemingway admitted five offences under the Public Order Act at Leeds Crown Court on Monday.

The court heard he had posted five videos featuring racist imagery and when he was arrested at his home in Sussex, police found a collection of Nazi memorabilia including a flag bearing the symbol of the SS.

The clips posted online called for a “racial holy war”, described acts of violence and made references to far right groups including Combat 18 and POWER (Patriots of White European Resistance).


Islam Channel to appeal Ofcom Hamas bias ruling

By Robyn Rosen, November 15, 2010

The Islam Channel will appeal against an Ofcom ruling that found it has an anti-Israel, pro-Hamas bias.

The broadcasting regulator made the ruling last week 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.


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.