UK news

Hague talks tough on Iran

November 6, 2008

The Shadow Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has made a call for renewed pressure on Hamas and Hizbollah, and a united world strategy on Iran.


Airport took away my ‘grenade’

By Candice Krieger, November 6, 2008

A London artist was mistaken for a terrorist as he tried to take a clay "grenade" through Heathrow Airport.

It was part of a three-part piece created by David Breuer-Weil as a commission for the Art Jerusalem fair, held at the former Mandate prison in Jerusalem.

Mr Breuer-Weil, 42, was on his way to Israel with his wife and three children last month when he was stopped by security officials at Heathrow. They confiscated the artwork, which he was hoping to sell for $250,000.


Peres to address MPs in historic visit

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 5, 2008

All the stops will be out to honour Israeli President Shimon Peres when he visits Britain for the first time since becoming president, on November 17. In addition to an as yet unannounced honorary title from the queen, he will be receiving also an honorary doctorate from King's College in London.


Car crime plagues Jewish areas in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 4, 2008

Car crime is plaguing Jewish areas in north Manchester. A Whitefield man has been left shaken after masked thieves stole his black BMW from outside his home.

The 57-year-old victim, who does not want to be named, was left unharmed after three men dressed in dark clothes and balaclavas demanded his car keys when he left the vehicle to open the garage on Park Lane. The assailants then sped off at high speed.


Antisemitic graffiti in Wales

By Leon Symons, October 30, 2008

Vandals daubed antisemitic symbols and references to the British National Party and Muslims around the promenade and a children's attraction in Rhyl in North Wales last week.

North Wales police have started an investigation and have been examining CCTV footage of the area.


Muslim sisters accuse firm of religious discrimination

By Marcus Dysch, October 30, 2008

Two Muslim sisters have accused a broking firm of religious discrimination after they were allegedly banned from working with Jewish clients.

Their claim is one of more than 200 due to be heard at an employment tribunal against City of London firm Tradition Securities and Futures.

One of the women said a bank client was allocated to her Jewish co-worker because they "had in common both language and race".


Fears over sex lessons for pupils aged five

By Leon Symons, October 30, 2008

Anglo-Jewish educationalists have given a cautious greeting to a government announcement that it wants to introduce compulsory lessons for children aged five to 16 on subjects such as sex and drugs.

The lessons would be brought in under the umbrella of personal, social and health education (PSHE) and will be compulsory from September 2010.


Knife attacker convicted

October 30, 2008

An unemployed man faces jail after he was convicted of stabbing a Hatzola medical volunteer.

Mohamed Jama Ahmed, 37, of North Circular Road, London, was found guilty at Wood Green Crown Court of two charges of grievous bodily harm with intent and one of stealing a car. He will be sentenced on November 27.

Charedi emergency service volunteer Zvi Hammond, 43, was sitting in his car at the time of the attack, in Golders Green on April 25.


Family attacked while taking a Succot stroll

By Candice Krieger, October 30, 2008

A father-of-two was punched repeatedly in the face while walking with his family in Salford, Lancs, on the first night of Succot.

The man, aged 22, who has asked not to be identified, was walking with his four-year-old niece and his wife, who was pushing their two children, aged seven months and 16 months, in a pushchair shortly before midnight on October 13.

He was approached by two men who demanded he hand over cash and his mobile phone.

When he told them he did not have anything, he says he was attacked by one of them.


Millionaire is bailed in ‘fraud’ probe

By Marcus Dysch, October 30, 2008

A property entrepreneur has been bailed after he was arrested in connection with an investigation into alleged fraud and money-laundering.

Leeds-based Simon Morris was questioned by officers on Wednesday last week about a land deal involving a business contact in the city.