UK news

'Miracle' survival after M6 crash

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 21, 2009

Two teenagers have described as a “miracle” their escape with only minor injuries after their Ford Mondeo spun off the M6 on Sunday at high speed.

Eli Niasoff, 16, from Salford, was tossed from the hatchback’s rear window, flying 20ft across three motorway lanes before landing in the central reservation. He was airlifted to hospital with suspected head injuries, but went home the same day with just a broken knee. The driver, 18-year-old Yitzchok Davies, from Prestwich, escaped without a scratch.


Tebbit attacked over call to boycott main parties

By Leon Symons, May 21, 2009

A call by Lord Tebbit for voters to boycott the main political parties in the forthcoming European elections as punishment for the MPs’ expenses scandal has been strongly attacked this week.

Ben Barkow, director of the Wiener Library, Britain’s leading Holocaust archive, said: “There are great dangers in what he said. One can see from other European countries like Austria, where far-right parties have become involved in mainstream politics, which has been bad for the country.”


New complaint over Israeli tourist poster

By Jan Shure, Travel Editor, May 21, 2009

The Israel Government Tourist Office in London is once again under investigation by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority for an advertisement promoting holidays to Israel.

The latest complaint is over a poster which features a map of Israel that includes the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights, beneath the slogan “Experience Israel”. The poster is part of a £40,000 IGTO Think.Israel campaign.

The complaint was lodged with the advertising watchdog last Friday by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.


BBC's World's Strictest Parents 'do Shabbat & keep kosher'

By Marcus Dysch, May 21, 2009

They look the most unlikely of families: the modestly-dressed Zionist parents and the surly teenagers, complete with piercings and heavy make-up.

But the two youngsters from Hampshire now have a new understanding of all aspects of Jewish life after spending a week living with this Orthodox family in Israel.

Gemma Lyons, 16, and 17-year-old Jack Travers filmed an episode of the BBC reality show World’s Strictest Parents with the Sha-ked family, in the gated, religious community of Nof Ayalon, near Modi’in, last week.


New chairman for JC

May 21, 2009

Businessman Robin Klein is the new chairman of the Jewish Chronicle, taking over this week after the retirement of Peter Levy, OBE.

South African-born Mr Klein, who is chairman of the Accelerator Group, an investment company focusing on digital media, is a member of South Hampstead Synagogue. He said: “I am honoured to have been appointed to such an important position. The


London Jewish Cultural centre bans Kabbalah event

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2009

The London Jewish Cultural Centre has cancelled a booking by the controversial Kabbalah Centre for an event due to have taken place there next month.

Fliers advertised a session on “love and relationships” taught by Eitan Yardeni, spiritual mentor of the centre’s most famous supporter Madonna, and his wife Sarah.

But on Wednesday, LJCC chief executive Trudy Gold said: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, the space is no longer available and the hirer has been notified.”


HSA enrages Jewish community with unpaid health claims

By James Martin, May 21, 2009

Hundreds of Jewish families claim they have been left out of pocket because a leading health insurer has failed to pay out for their treatment.

They are backed by angry dentists, opticians and chiropodists who say insurer HSA has failed even to respond to applications they made on behalf of the patients.

Many of the patients are from large strictly Orthodox families in Stamford Hill, north London. They are furious at the lack of response.


A Cannes red carpet for the JC (& Rachel)

By Keren David, May 21, 2009

Rachel weisz may be used to the glamour of Cannes — but it is a new experience for the Jewish Chronicle.

A paperboy’s weekly ordeal in carrying a heavy load of JCs is immortalised in a short film which gets its first showing at the film festival today.

Jewish Chronicle Day, made by Jan Lower of Elbow Productions and Dr James Ohene-Djan, a lecturer in computing at Goldsmiths College, is based on Dr Ohene-Djan’s experiences as a delivery boy in leafy, prosperous and, some might say, Jewish, Maida Vale.


BNP's Nick Griffin ‘on Queen’s guest list’

May 20, 2009

British National Party leader Nick Griffin may be attending one of the Queen’s three annual garden parties, it has been claimed.

An aide of the BNP’s London Assembly member Richard Barnbrook said on Wednesday evening that he had received an e-mail inviting him to the party on July 21, the last of the three annual parties held at Buckingham Palace .

The Daily Mail’s website claimed that Mr Barnbrook would be taking Mr Griffin as his guest.

But a spokesman at Buckingham Palace said formal invitations had yet to be sent out.


Michael Howard’s mother dies

May 20, 2009

Hilda Howard, mother of the former Tory leader Michael Howard, has died at the age of 97.

Mr Howard paid tribute to his mother this week, describing her as “a very remarkable lady.”

She ran a ladies fashion shop in Llanelli, South Wales for many years before moving to Stanmore in Middlesex where she became a pillar of the local community attending synagogue every week and working tirelessly for Wizo.