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Katie Waissel's dad: 'abuse is heartbreaking'

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2010

The father of tormented X Factor contestant Katie Waissel has admitted that vicious internet abuse and tabloid rumours about his daughter have left him and his family “heartbroken”.

Maurice Waissel said it was hard to cope as a parent of a child who is subject to a media hate campaign — and he cannot help but read about it. “She’s been getting these idiotic death threats over the internet. The threats aren’t specific — they just say, ‘we want you to die’.”

Messages on Twitter have included: “Who’s coming on a murder hunt with me? Target Katie Waissel.”


Tel Aviv BA flight makes emergency landing due to fire warning

By Katie Taylor, November 18, 2010

A British Airways flight from Heathrow to Tel Aviv had to make an emergency landing this morning, after a suspected fire on board.

The BA flight 165 was diverted and landed in Brussels, after a flashing warning light in the cockpit.

The pilot diverted the flight as a precaution and all 166 passengers on board were evacuated in a normal disembarkation.

A passenger on board the Boeing 777, said: “The pilot was brilliant and very calm as indeed were the staff. I was told it was due to a suspected fire.


Tory chairman Andrew Feldman tipped for peerage

By Leon Symons, November 18, 2010

Two of the men closest to Prime Minister David Cameron have been tipped to be given peerages in a list of as many as 50 new working peers to be announced by Downing Street.

Andrew Feldman, Mr Cameron’s chief fund raiser and now joint chairman of the Tory Party, and Stanley Fink, a joint party treasurer, have been named among a large group who will augment the ranks of the House of Lords.


Jamie Lester's Apprentice team loses but he survives

By Jennifer Lipman, November 17, 2010

Jamie Lester has held on to his place in the Apprentice for another week.

The Jewish property developer avoided being fired by Lord Sugar despite being a member of losing team Synergy.

He clashed with project manager Sandeesh Samra early on in the task, which was to create and sell a “virtual experience” to members of the public at London’s Westfield shopping centre.

Appointed as a runner, he told Sandeesh that he would be wasted in the role and compared it to working as a delivery man.


Princess Diana’s designer Elizabeth Emanuel tipped for royal wedding

By Jennifer Lipman, November 17, 2010

The Jewish fashion designer behind Princess Diana’s wedding dress has been tipped to create one for Kate Middleton.

Paddy Power has odds of 5 to 1 that Elizabeth Emanuel will make the gown in which the future queen will walk down the aisle.

Ms Emanuel, who designed Diana's dress with her her husband David Emanuel, set up the couture wedding and evening-wear salon Art of Being in 2005.

Not only did she create the princess’s outfit for the 1981 royal wedding, she also designed the black taffeta dress in which the then Lady Diana Spencer made her flashbulb debut.


William and Kate wished Mazel Tov on royal engagement

By Katie Taylor, November 16, 2010

It's official. Prince William and Kate Middleton have finally decided to tie the knot.

The couple who have been together for nine years have decided on a spring/summer wedding, 2011 – 30 years after the ill-fated marriage of the Prince’s parents.

It has been reported that William proposed to Kate in late October on a private holiday in Kenya.

So the next question remains, what does one give as an engagement present to the second in line to the throne and his future queen?


Vanessa Feltz frontrunner for BBC Radio 2 morning show

By Jennifer Lipman, November 16, 2010

Vanessa Feltz is expected to take over as presenter of BBC Radio Two’s early morning radio show.

The outspoken Jewish broadcaster, who currently presents BBC Radio London’s morning phone-in programme, has been described as the frontrunner for the position.

The slot, which runs between 5am and 6.30, is followed by Chris Evans’ breakfast show.

Radio 2 is looking for a replacement for Sarah Kennedy, who left the BBC in September amid allegations she had a drink problem.


Man jailed for racist YouTube videos

By Marcus Dysch, November 15, 2010

A man has been jailed for 15 months for posting racist video clips on YouTube.

Gareth Hemingway admitted five offences under the Public Order Act at Leeds Crown Court on Monday.

The court heard he had posted five videos featuring racist imagery and when he was arrested at his home in Sussex, police found a collection of Nazi memorabilia including a flag bearing the symbol of the SS.

The clips posted online called for a “racial holy war”, described acts of violence and made references to far right groups including Combat 18 and POWER (Patriots of White European Resistance).


Islam Channel to appeal Ofcom Hamas bias ruling

By Robyn Rosen, November 15, 2010

The Islam Channel will appeal against an Ofcom ruling that found it has an anti-Israel, pro-Hamas bias.

The broadcasting regulator made the ruling last week following a report on the channel’s output by the Quilliam Foundation, a London-based counter terrorism think tank.

Ofcom criticised the channel’s coverage of international affairs and of the Middle East conflict for breaching rules on impartiality.


Jenny Tonge: Israel is 'cause of terrorism'

By Robyn Rosen, November 15, 2010

Controversial Lib Dem peer Jenny Tonge has accused Israel of being the “cause of terrorism” and said the West’s treatment of Muslims was due to “Holocaust guilt” and the power of the pro-Israel lobby.

Baroness Tonge, who was sacked in February by leader Nick Clegg as health spokesperson after demanding an investigation into allegations of organ harvesting by the IDF in Haiti, made the comments in the House of Lords on Friday.