UK news

Station plays host to 'kinder' play

By Marcus Dysch, December 2, 2008

A play marking the 70th anniversary of the first Kindertransport arrivals in Britain was performed at Liverpool Street Station, in central London, yesterday.

The remembrance event, called 'Suitcase', focuses on the stories of eight people involved in the Kindertransport, including children, foster parents and railway workers.

The first young refugees from Nazi Germany arrived at the station on December 2, 1938.


Esther in jungle eviction

December 1, 2008

Esther Rantzen has been thrown out of I'm A Celebrity in a double eviction.

She became the fifth celebrity to leave the jungle when viewers voted her off last night, along with former children’s TV presenter, Timmy Mallet.

She told hosts Ant and Dec: "I'm very sorry to leave because they are such lovely people. But it is the right time."

The 68-year-old former That's Life presenter was a popular member of the cast but clashed with camp mates after EastEnders actor Joe Swashe’s clothes caught fire.


Dani Behr out of I’m a Celebrity…

By Alex Kasriel, November 28, 2008

Dani Behr has been given her marching orders from ITV'1's all-star jungle challenge I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!

The 34-year-old ex-TV presenter from North London was evicted from the reality show on Thursday after coming last in the viewers' vote.

She said: “I can't wait to see my babies, it's been very hard emotionally. I'm surprised I coped with the living conditions. I'm used to comfortable sheets and a nice bathroom. But it's amazing what you get used to living without. The worst part was the boredom, sitting around doing nothing."


Green boosts rabbi’s recession-relief plan

By Leon Symons and Simon Rocker, November 27, 2008

Rabbis up and down the country are mobilising to help congregants hit by the recession.

Mill Hill United Synagogue Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet launched an initiative to offer help to victims of the credit crunch. His project was given a boost with a donation from BHS chairman Sir Philip Green, who has given £15,000 to a kosher supermarket in North-West London to help families in need.

Rabbi Schochet used his Shabbat sermon to highlight the problems facing families and has set up a committee which can offer legal, financial, employment and counselling skills.


‘Israel is wrong to snub UN summit’

By Simon Rocker, November 27, 2008

Israel is wrong to have withdrawn from next spring's ‘Durban II' conference in Geneva, believes one of the leaders of the Anglo-Jewish group preparing for the event.

Rosalind Preston, joint chairman of the Jewish Human Rights Coalition (JHRC) UK, said: "We think on the whole it's a mistake. Once you've withdrawn, you can't fight."


A £100,000 row — over 4m of land

By Simon Rocker, November 27, 2008

A dispute between two Sephardi families over a patch of land in North-West London ended up in the Court of Appeal this week.

Freddy Ezekiel and his son Mark are seeking to reverse a judgment made against them earlier this year over a site in Hendon which they agreed to buy from brothers David and Haim Kohali for £300,000 nine years ago.

But the judges were clearly exercised by cost of the one-day appeal, along with a previous eight-day trial. "It's not sensible litigation," said Lord Justice Mummery during Tuesday's hearing.


Rapist faces extradition

November 27, 2008

A UK court has ordered the extradition of a convicted rapist who fled Israel before he could be jailed for a sex attack on an underage boy.
Nachman Stal, 38, was recaptured in June after police stopped to help him change a tyre on the A40 in West London.

It is believed Stal had lived secretly in Stamford Hill, North London, after leaving Israel in 2006. He had been convicted of raping and indecently assaulting the underage boy in his car in Tel Aviv.


UK peace ad

November 27, 2008

A full-page advertisement setting out the aims of the Arab Peace Initiative appeared in Wednesday's Guardian newspaper.

The Palestinian Authority ran the same advert in Israeli papers last week in a bid to influence public opinion ahead of Israeli elections. The Saudi-led initiative proposed a settlement based on Israel's return to its 1967 borders.


The shop protest no one bought

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2008

Protesters from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign received a cool reception this week as they appealed for shoppers to boycott goods produced in West Bank settlements.

Ten protestors, including comedian Alexei Sayle, carried placards and handed out leaflets outside a branch of Waitrose supermarket in Finchley Road, North West London, on Monday.


Report calls for union protection for rabbis

By Leon Symons, November 27, 2008

An independent report has called for a new employment deal for rabbis to prevent their dismissal by small groups of disgruntled congregants.

The report, called "Shalom@Shul" has been sent to every synagogal body, and also calls for:

 Rabbis to be allowed to join the Unite trade union;

 Every synagogue movement to appoint an independent ombudsman to assess honorary officers' grounds for dismissing a rabbi;