UK news

Chef’s injury led to death

November 13, 2008

A retired pastry chef died after doctors at two hospitals failed to diagnose his broken spine, an inquest has heard.

Neville Caplan, of Prestwich, Lancs, could have been saved by surgery if his injuries, suffered in a minor fall, had been spotted earlier, coroner Nigel Meadows said.

The 70-year-old died three weeks after the accident at his son's home on November 11, 2004.

When the fracture was finally spotted on December 1 by doctors at Wythenshawe and North Manchester hospitals, he was too ill for surgery and died three days later.


Ofcom ruling on bbc show

November 13, 2008

The broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has partly upheld a complaint of unfairness against the programme Weekend Nazis shown on BBC1 in August last year.

It included footage of Nicholas and Michaela Beardshaw's wedding during Kent's annual "War and Peace Show", a World War Two re-enactment event, at which the couple were dressed as German army medics and some of the guests wore SS uniform.

Ofcom said the couple's privacy had not been infringed but they had not been told the nature of the programme by its makers.


Sisters settle race row

November 13, 2008

Muslim twins who accused a brokerage firm of religious discrimination have agreed a multi-million pound settlement.

Samira and Hanan Fariad, 31, claimed they were banned from working with Jewish clients at City of London firm Tradition Securities and Futures.

They said a bank client was allocated to a Jewish co-worker because they "had in common both language and race".

The company had rejected more than 200 allegations in the case at London Central Employment Tribunal, but agreed an out-of-court deal on Tuesday.


Downturn ‘will fuel antisemitism’

By Simon Rocker, November 13, 2008

British Jewish leaders are warning that the worsening economy could lead to a rise in antisemitism and increased support for the British National Party.

Henry Grunwald, president of the Board of Deputies and chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, said this week: "We're already seeing and hearing things about who is responsible for the economic downturn and we know from history that when there are economic problems, there has always been an increase in antisemitism."


Chiefs groom UK Jewry’s next leaders

By Simon Rocker, November 13, 2008

A review is to be carried out into the future funding of British Jewry, the Jewish Leadership Council announced this week.

The inquiry will be the first project of the JLC's new leadership network, a group of activists in their 30s and 40s who are being groomed to be the "leaders of tomorrow".


Images a war photographer could not bear to look at

By Candice Krieger, November 13, 2008

Vimages so disturbing that the photographer who took them refused to look at them for more than 40 years are being exhibited by his widow.

George Rodger told her before he died that they should be seen so that people would know the truth about the Holocaust.

In 1945, the 37-year-old British photo-journalist went to the death camps at Bergen-Belsen. He is believed to be the first photographer to have done so, where he photographed "nice compositions in front of dead bodies".


No Peres visit to UK war plaque

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 13, 2008

A ceremony to unveil a plaque commemorating British diplomats who saved Nazi victims has been dropped from the schedule of President Shimon Peres' official visit to Britain next week.

Jewish organisations had objected to the wording of the plaque.


Brave Jason loses fight

By Candice Krieger, November 12, 2008

Accountant Jason Boas has died after a year-long fight with cancer.

Jason attracted a huge following by regularly blogging about his experiences on YouTube after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last October. He died on Tuesday night, aged 34.

His broken-hearted father Barry Boas paid tribute to his son's bravery. "He is now out of pain and that's a small mercy.


BNP targets kids for new "White Pride" campaign

By Marcus Dysch, November 11, 2008

The British National Party is targeting schoolchildren as part of a new campaign to promote "white pride".
Members of its youth and student group have launched ‘White History Month', which will take place throughout November, with the party hoping to "counterbalance" the internationally-recognised Black History Month.


Airline bans student in passport photo dispute

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2008

The mother of a London yeshivah student is still trying to claim compensation from an Israeli airline after her son was refused permission by a security officer from boarding a flight to Tel Aviv in the summer.

Aaron Friedman, 17, was stopped from taking an Israir flight from Stansted in June because, according to his mother, the security officer said he did not look like his passport photo. He was forced to buy another ticket to travel to Israel with El Al four days later.