UK news

Manslaughter charge over pensioner death

By Robyn Rosen, August 5, 2010

A man has been charged with the manslaughter of an 83-year-old strictly Orthodox woman from Stamford Hill.

Police found Evelyn Kelmenson, with her legs bound by duct tape, in the top-floor bedroom of her three-storey house on Leweston Place on January 1 2009, after her niece had raised the alarm.

A year later, police offered a £20,000 reward for information.

Kuba Dlugosz, 32, a Polish national of no fixed address, appeared at Havering Magistrates Court on Wednesday. He was remanded in custody and also charged with burglary.

He will appear again in court in November.


Israel boycotters pitch up in Waitrose

By Robyn Rosen, August 5, 2010

Vsecurity guards were forced to remove protesters who pitched a tent in the aisle of a Waitrose store and spent an hour urging shoppers not to buy Israeli goods.

The protest was organised by Brighton Jordan Valley Solidarity and its supporters included Simon Levin, one of the seven activists cleared last month of damaging an arms factory after successfully claiming they had acted to prevent Israeli "war crimes".

Staff called police after 10 protesters refused to move from the store in Western Road, Brighton.


Press TV rapped for flotilla show

By Marcus Dysch, August 5, 2010

Iranian-backed Press TV has been censured by Ofcom, the broadcasting standards body, for its coverage of the Gaza flotilla incident.

A show presented by Tony Blair's sister-in-law, Lauren Booth, breached guidelines on impartiality by including comments relating to Israel "committing a massacre of innocent civilians" and "a barbarous attack".


Luxury car crashes into pub

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 5, 2010

A Jewish woman who lost control of her car and smashed into pub is recovering at home after escaping with minor injuries.

The 69-year-old, who lives in Salford and wishes to remain anonymous, veered off a busy dual carriageway at speed after colliding with a Smart car on Bury New Road in Whitefield last Friday morning.

The bonnet of the luxury SUV slammed through a brick wall and the window of the Beehive Inn pub, causing fears that part of the building would collapse.


TalkSPORT Shimon Peres slip up

By Marcus Dysch, August 5, 2010

Listeners to a late-night radio phone-in got a shock when a man introduced as a Zionist Federation spokesman announced he could not discuss Shimon Peres's comments on British antisemitism because he was eating a toasted sandwich.

The imposter, pretending to be former ZF public affairs director Gavin Gross, failed to answer any questions about Mr Peres's remarks, saying he was too busy eating.

TalkSPORT presenter Adrian Goldberg, not realising he had been hoaxed, said the man's comments were "absolutely, utterly disgraceful" during Sunday's show.


Chaos over government counter-terrorism plans

By Marcus Dysch, August 5, 2010

The government is working to allay fears that its counter-extremism policy is floundering, three months after the coalition came to power.

Jewish leaders have expressed concern that not enough is being done to tackle the threat posed by extremists in Britain.

The Tories are thought to be ideologically split on the issue, with ministers also facing a backlash from civil servants opposed to Conservative policy.


Spielberg's ET tops film poll

By Jennifer Lipman, August 3, 2010

A Steven Spielberg film has been named the greatest in history in a new poll.

The director’s 1982 children’s classic, ET The Extra-Terrestrial, beat The Wizard Of Oz and Mary Poppins to the top spot of the Radio Times survey. More than 2,500 people voted in the poll.

The Oscar-winning film tells the story a friendly alien on a mission to return home. It was a critical and financial success and has been rereleased twice.

Actress Drew Barrymore shot to fame for her role as one of the children ET befriended.


Israel advert ban appeal denied

By Robyn Rosen, August 3, 2010

An appeal against a ban on a holiday advert which described the Western Wall as part of Israel has been unsuccessful.

The Israel Government Tourist Office (IGTO) appealed after the Advertising Standards Authority upheld a complaint in April that the Kotel was actually in the Occupied Territories.

An image on the advert for holidays in Israel showed a picture of the wall, with the gold Dome of the Rock in the background, captioned “Jerusalem”.


Ofcom raps Press TV

By Marcus Dysch, August 2, 2010

Ofcom, the broadcasting standards body, has ruled that Iranian-backed Press TV’s coverage of the Gaza flotilla incident breached guidelines on impartiality.

The regulator said the station had not shown due impartiality during a broadcast on June 5 which dealt exclusively with the events surrounding the interception by Israeli commandos of the pro-Palestinian convoy off the coast of Gaza.

During an episode of current affairs show Remembering Palestine, presenter Lauren Booth discussed the flotilla with studio guests and participants of the convoy.


Shimon Peres: UK not antisemitic

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2010

Shimon Peres has said that an interview in which he was seen to accuse British people of antisemitism was misunderstood.

The Israeli president has defended his comments and said that he believed that “relations between Britain and Israel are of the greatest importance.”

The normally doveish Nobel Peace Prize recipient, 87, was quoted in an interview as saying: “in England there has always been something deeply pro-Arab, of course, not among all Englishmen, and anti-Israeli, in the establishment".