UK news

BNP councillor suspended for false murder claims

By Jessica Elgot, September 25, 2009

BNP man Richard Barnbrook has been suspended as a councillor for misleading constituents over the murder figures in his borough.

He falsely claimed in a video posted on YouTube that three people were murdered in three weeks in Barking and Dagenham, and allowed the clip to remain online for four months despite being warned it was inaccurate.

Mr Barnbrook claimed he had been confused about the figures because of his dyslexia.


Israeli breakthrough puts the boot into back problems

By Leon Symons, September 24, 2009

An invention by two Israeli doctors could bring relief to millions of Britons suffering from chronic back and knee pain.

Dr Amit Mor, 41, and 43-year-old Dr Avi Elbaz are pioneering what they call the APOS treatment — All Phases of Step Cycle. It has been brought to Britain by private healthcare provider Bupa.

Although currently available only to private patients, the doctors hope it will be soon adopted by the NHS. Just under half of British adults are said to have suffered back pain in the last year and one-in-four has experienced knee pain in the same period.


Special interests of Charedi cops

By Leon Symons, September 24, 2009

Patrolling the Golders Green streets, Nochum Dewhurst and David Baddiel look like any other policemen on the beat.

But the helmets of the young special constables cover black kipot — they are the area’s first Charedi law officers.

SPC Dewhurst, 21, a product of Menorah Grammar School, has been a special for two years while SPC Baddiel, 27, is a recent recruit. Educated at Pardes House, he is related to his TV personality namesake.


Leaders query extra checks on volunteers

By Robyn Rosen, September 24, 2009

Rabbis have criticised new government requirements for additional background checks on people working with children and the elderly.

Synagogues and charities fear the Independent Safeguarding Authority regulations, which come into effect in October, will deter volunteers and infringe on privacy.

The requirements extend to parents who regularly bring other children to cheder or youth club activities at the request of the organisations, or volunteers giving lifts to the elderly.


Is this London’s nosiest street?

By Robyn Rosen, September 24, 2009

Jewish residents of a small north London cul-de-sac are less than pleased to see it branded London’s nosiest street.

Statistics released by property price comparison website Zoopla show that residents in Monkville Avenue, NW11, are the most likely in the capital to log on to find out how much their neighbours’ houses are worth — and they’ll discover that a three-bedroom house costs £600,000.

But residents in the road, where 40 per cent of the houses have mezuzot on the doors, were shocked.


Anger at Irish comedian who joked 6 million Jews? I'd have killed 10 million

By Leon Symons, September 24, 2009

Award-winning Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan has apologised for a foul-mouthed rant about the Holocaust during the Irish equivalent of Glastonbury.

Tiernan was taking part in a question-and-answer session before an audience of over 400 at the Electric Picnic music and arts festival in County Laios. Asked if he had ever been accused of antisemitism, he responded: “F------ six million? I would have got 10 or 12 million out of that... F------ two at a time, they would have gone. Hold hands, get in there. Leave us your teeth and your glasses.”


Anti-racist strategy wins admirers

September 24, 2009

The British parliamentary model of fighting antisemitism is being adopted elsewhere.

Germany, Italy and Canada have started their own versions of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Antisemitism, which is led by Bassetlaw Labour MP John Mann.

Talks are also ongoing between the London-based Inter-Parliamentary Coalition Combating Antisemitism (ICCA) and parliamentarians in Austria and South Africa.


TUC boycott vote prompts anger

By Leon Symons, September 24, 2009

The decision of the Trades Union Congress to support a “targeted, consumer-led” boycott of goods from Israeli settlements in occupied areas has been described as a warning shot.

Communal leaders fear that unions which are avowedly anti-Israel will attempt to implement a much wider boycott next year. They also believe that not enough was done ahead of congress to avert the outcome.


Board: Muslim Council of Britain must be boycotted until reform

By Simon Rocker, September 24, 2009

The government should lay down conditions for dealing with organisations such as the Muslim Council of Britain, a parliamentary inquiry has been told by the Board of Deputies.

In a joint submission with the Community Security Trust to the Commons’ Communities and Local Government Committee, the Board wrote: “Any future engagement with umbrella groups such as the Muslim Council of Britain must be contingent on them representing a greater range of views than those of the Islamists, and firmly rejecting violence in all circumstances, including in overseas conflicts.”


Analysis: Denham reveals how government's Islamist stance unresolved

By Martin Bright, September 24, 2009

Our interview with Communities Secretary John Denham illustrates that the British government’s stance on engagement with home-grown Islamism remains unresolved.

Mr Denham has made it clear that the Muslim Council of Britain will remain out in the cold while its deputy secretary general remains a signatory to the Istanbul declaration calling for attacks on Israel and the Royal Navy.