UK news

Clegg ‘lied’ on pledge to silence hate peer

By Keren David, August 20, 2009

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has been accused of lying over his pledge to take action if Baroness Jenny Tonge made antisemitic remarks “on my watch”.

In June, Mr Clegg was challenged over his tolerance of Baroness Tonge after he pledged his opposition to antisemitism in an address to the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism.

Douglas Murray, of the Centre for Social Cohesion, asked when the LibDem leader would root out antisemitism in his own party.

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Jewish schools celebrate record A-Level results

By Robyn Rosen, August 20, 2009

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Communal secondary schools have reported record-breaking A-level results.

At Immanuel College in Bushey, 67 per cent of A-levels taken by pupils were passed with an A grade, the highest proportion in the school’s history.

Forty-two per cent of A-level students achieved three or more A grades and the numbers of A and B grade passes jumped from 82 per cent to 90 per cent.

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Martin Bright to join the JC

August 19, 2009

The Jewish Chronicle is delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Bright as political editor.

JC editor Stephen Pollard said: "I am thrilled that Martin is joining us. He will be a heavyweight addition to our superb team, providing unmissable political analysis and news stories."

Mr Bright is a former political editor of the New Statesman and home affairs editor of the Observer. He will take up his post on 14th September.

In addition, Miriam Shaviv has been appointed Foreign Editor and Gerald Jacobs Comment Editor, both with immediate effect.

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Lockerbie parents slam convict release plans

By Marcus Dysch, August 19, 2009

The parents of Lockerbie victim Marc Tager believe it would be "ridiculous" to release on compassionate grounds the Libyan man convicted of the bombing.

Michael and Birthe Tager, of Hendon, north west London, said it would be wrong to free Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, who is serving life in a Scottish jail for murdering 270 people aboard Pan Am flight 103 in December 1988.

He is suffering from terminal prostate cancer and is believed to be in a grave condition, close to death.

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Bishop: ‘Pope too sensitive over Shoah’

By Jessica Elgot, August 13, 2009

The head of a controversial Catholic sect has accused the Vatican of excessive sensitivity towards Jews and the Holocaust.

Bishop Bernard Fellay’s comments came after the row over Holocaust denier, Bishop Richard Williamson, which led to two Vatican officials being sacked by Pope Benedict XVI.

Bishop Williamson is a former member of Bishop Fellay’s sect, the ultra-conservative “Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X”.

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How the baroness got her silver back

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2009

It was smuggled out of the Nazis’ grasp and hidden in a secret drawer in a small Krakow flat for more than 60 years, but a set of silver cutlery finally took pride of place in the home of a British baroness this week.

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Teen theatre fan finds herself in limelight

August 13, 2009

She was always a huge fan of the books of the former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo, so for Nathalie Wojakovski, 11 and a half, it was a thrill to find out that she and her family were going to see the award-winning show, War Horse, based on Morpurgo’s best-selling book.

But last week there was even more excitement for Nathalie, who has just left Menorah Foundation Primary School and is starting at Hasmonean High School in September.

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Rabbi faces second discipline hearing

By Simon Rocker, August 13, 2009

Sephardi leaders have been accused of victimising the rabbi of Britain’s oldest synagogue, Bevis Marks, after demanding he face a second disciplinary hearing in a fortnight.

Rabbi Natan Asmoucha, who was suspended three weeks ago, was issued with a final warning by the mahamad (executive) of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation over his involvement last month in a march against high bank interest rates.

But members of Bevis Marks are in uproar after learning that the mahamad had extended his suspension on Friday and made new allegations of gross misconduct against him.

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Mountain rescue for yeshivah boys, again

By Nigel Burnham and Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2009

Rescue teams in the Lake District have criticised a group of 23 yeshivah students who got stuck on a mountain for the second successive year.

An all-night rescue operation was launched on Sunday after the group from Gateshead Talmudical College became stuck while descending the 2,057ft Looking Stead, in one of Cumbria’s most remote valleys.

The male students, aged 14 to 23, were stranded on steep ground in mist and rain after wandering off a fell pass. Many were ill-prepared and were wearing T-shirts and trainers.

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Terror as jet takes a mid-flight plunge

By Leon Symons, August 13, 2009

Terrified passengers screamed in fear as a Jet2 aircraft carrying 250 people from Tel Aviv to Manchester last week plunged thousands of feet after the cabin suddenly lost pressure.

The aircraft, a Boeing 757-200, was forced to make an emergency landing in the Hungarian capital, Budapest.

One passenger, Marc Baer, 24, from Prestwich, Lancs, suffered a panic attack and was helped by a doctor and cabin crew until the plane landed.

He said: “It was extremely frightening and it went through my mind that we were about to crash.

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