UK news

Nick Clegg: we got it wrong on Israel

By Martin Bright, November 11, 2010

Deputy prime Minister Nick Clegg attempted to open a new chapter in the relationship between the Liberal Democrats and British Jews this week when he emphasised his party’s support for Israel and reiterated the coalition’s pledge to change the law on universal jurisdiction.

He told a lunch held by Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel that he was aware of past tensions, and was engaged in “an operation to clarify misunderstandings”.


Alex Epstein talks Apprentice, fame and Lord Sugar

By Jessica Elgot, November 11, 2010

Alex Epstein, the King David High School boy who couldn’t find his way round Manchester’s Trafford Centre, was the latest victim of reality TV show The Apprentice this week.

The 26-year-old from Whitefield headed Team Apollo for the task of creating a new brand of cleaning product, producing an advert described by Lord Sugar as “shockingly bad”.

Mr Epstein escaped from the boardroom last week despite messing up a marketing strategy in the Trafford Centre, where he had previously worked in retail.


Nick Clegg: full speech to Lib Dem Friends of Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, November 11, 2010

It is a pleasure to be here and to see so many distinguished guests, including Rabbi Tony Bayfield and the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks. Chief Rabbi, it is hard to exaggerate the esteem in which you are held by British people of all faiths and of none.

Kristallnacht and Government support for Holocaust education


The Apprentice: Lord Sugar fires Alex Epstein

By Jennifer Lipman, November 10, 2010

Alex Epstein has become the third Jewish casualty of the boardroom on this year’s Apprentice.

As the taxi pulled away the 26-year-old from Whitefield, Manchester said: “Lord Sugar has made a big mistake

After a narrow escape last week, Lord Sugar fired Mr Epstein when he led team Apollo to defeat with a row over yellow packaging.

As project manager Mr Epstein was tasked with creating a new brand of cleaning product and building a successful advertising campaign around it.


Islamic preacher Britain ban upheld

By Leon Symons, November 8, 2010

A judicial review has upheld the ban placed on Muslim preacher and writer Dr Zakir Naik by Home Secretary Theresa May earlier this year.

Dr Naik had planned a lecture tour to Britain in the summer at venues including the Sheffield Arena, Wembley Arena and the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre.


Ofcom rule against pro-Hamas Islam Channel

By Robyn Rosen, November 8, 2010

The Islam Channel has been found in breach of the UK broadcasting code by Ofcom after it found the London-based channel to have an anti Israel, pro-Hamas bias.

The broadcasting regulator made the ruling today 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.


Venezuelans express Palestinian solidarity at intifada event

By Jennifer Lipman, November 8, 2010

The Venezuelan ambassador to Britain has denied that an event, marking 10 years since the outbreak of the second intifada, glorified terrorism.

However at the event, held on Saturday at the embassy’s Bolivar Hall in London and denounced by anti-extremism campaigners as a “celebration of the murder of Israelis”, speakers expressed support for Palestinian resistance against Israel.


Tearful Katie Waissel clings on to X Factor spot

By Katie Taylor, November 8, 2010

Katie Waissel was voted into the bottom two acts of X Factor for a third time this series.

After her rendition of No Doubt’s Don’t Speak on Saturday’s American themed show failed to impress the audience, she sang for survival for the second week in a row.

Judge Danni Minogue told the Jewish singer: “For some reason I just didn’t connect, I think you were thinking about the performance and where you were moving.”

Simon Cowell added: “It kind of fell apart in the middle.

“The vocals fell off and it looked like you were struggling.”


Woolas facing new vote for Islamic extremism smears

By Marcus Dysch and Jennifer Lipman, November 5, 2010

A Labour MP who claimed his Liberal Democrat opponent was involved with Islamic extremists is facing a by-election after a judge found that he knowingly made false accusations.

During the 2010 campaign, shadow immigration minister Phil Woolas, fighting for reelection to his Oldham East seat, accused his opponent of wooing extremist Muslims.

Mr Woolas won the seat with 103 more votes than Elwyn Watkins for the Liberal Democrats.

But a special election court has now ruled that the MP breached election regulations by making false claims and there must now be another poll.


Apology for academic barred for Israel views

By Jessica Elgot, November 5, 2010

The Belfast university which snubbed JC columnist Professor Geoffrey Alderman by withdrawing his invitation to a panel discussion on the Middle East has sent a written apology.

Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Professor Peter Gregson said he offered a “full and unreserved apology” to the University of Buckingham professor who could not speak at the Belfast Festival.

Professor Alderman, known for his outspoken pro-Israel views, is a guest professor at Ariel College in the West Bank.