UK news

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.


Outrage as Hizbollah man is allowed in

By Marcus Dysch, November 6, 2008

The Home Office has been attacked for allowing Hizbollah-linked journalist Ibrahim Mousawi to enter Britain, days after Home Secretary Jacqui Smith announced plans to keep hate preachers out of the country.

Mr Mousawi edits the Al Intiqad journal in Lebanon and previously worked for the Shi'ite TV station, Al Manar.


Swastika greets shul visitors

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 6, 2008

A two-foot high swastika was daubed on the front wall of a Manchester synagogue - only hours before a senior policeman and local politicians made an official visit.

The wall at Whitefield Synagogue was defaced in the early hours of Saturday. Shortly afterwards, a special service for Jewish ex-servicemen was held at the synagogue, attended by MP Ivan Lewis, council leaders and the area's police inspector. A barmitzvah was also overshadowed by the incident.


School made to change entry rules

By Leon Symons, November 6, 2008

A state-aided Jewish secondary school has been ordered to change its admissions criteria to make clear it will admit non-Jewish children if it cannot fill all its places with Jewish pupils.


Britain prepares to do the honours for Peres

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 6, 2008

All the stops will be out to honour Israeli President Shimon Peres when he visits Britain on November 17 - his first time since becoming president.

In addition to being awarded an honorary title from the Queen, he will receive an honorary doctorate from King's College, London.

Both the British and Israeli foreign ministries have unofficially confirmed that Mr Peres will be awarded a title during his visit, though details are "still in the works".


Football fan flees fight and is hit by car

By Candice Krieger, November 6, 2008

A football supporter, who objected to racist taunts while he watched his team play on a big screen in a London pub, finished up in hospital after fleeing a fight and being run over.

Orthodox football fan Paul Mullins was watching the North London derby at The Hendon, a pub on the Hendon Way, North-West London. He challenged a rival fan who shouted the words "Jewish b******s" as Spurs scored two late goals to hold their North London rivals, Arsenal, to a 4-4 draw last Wednesday night.


Car-jackers beat me up and sped off with my dog

By Marcus Dysch, November 6, 2008

A mother-of-three has spoken of how a gang beat and threatened to kill her before stealing her car and driving off with her pedigree dog as she left a nail salon in North-West London.

Lorretta Paterson, who runs gift shop Temptations in Temple Fortune, suffered cuts and bruises when she was severely beaten by three men, last Friday.

The incident is the latest in a series of attacks on Jewish business owners in the area.