Newspaper headlines: Uni 'anti-Semitism' and Berlin suspect

  • 23 December 2016

Rising anti-Semitism is said to have made some of the country's leading universities "no-go zones" for Jewish students.

Former higher education adjudicator Lady Deech tells the Telegraph that growing hostility towards Israel is tipping into hatred against Jews in general - and institutions may be failing to tackle the problem for fear of offending wealthy Middle Eastern benefactors.

Universities UK insists the sector has been clear there is "no place" for anti-Semitism.


The family of the prime suspect in the Berlin's lorry attack Anis Amri remember him in the Times as a youth who loved poetry, acting and cooking, and maintain he was radicalised not in Tunisia but in prison in Italy.

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Image caption Berlin lorry attack suspect Anis Amri

The Telegraph, quoting German newspaper Bild, reports that Germany's intelligence services intercepted a call he made to an extremist preacher months earlier, offering to carry out a suicide mission.

But, it says, investigators never took him seriously as a threat.


The Sun interviews a former Army paratrooper who says he has been betrayed by the government because he could be charged with murder in relation to the shooting of an IRA gunman in 1972.

The 67-year-old veteran complains he is being treated like a terrorist for doing his job.

The paper adds that concerns have been raised about the chief prosecutor who will decide whether to bring the case.

Barra McGrory has previously acted as a solicitor for Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams.


Several papers reflect on the calls by Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump for a strengthening of their countries' nuclear arsenals.

The Financial Times says President Putin's claim that Russia is "stronger than any potential aggressor", coupled with what it calls "the most intense nuclear posturing by Moscow since the end of the Soviet Union", is viewed as an attempt to intimidate the new administration in Washington.

Mr Trump's response, comments the Mirror, has sparked fears of a new arms race - and it agitates for "wiser heads" to change his mind.


The most pressing threat to the UK, argues the Express, is the "deadly storm" sweeping in from the Atlantic.

Storm Barbara, it warns, will damage buildings and "push rivers to bursting point", and it urges its readers to "take shelter".

The Times says a "weather bomb of low pressure" will barrel in, leading to power cuts and "some decidedly soggy Christmas walks".

"Barbara Winds-Aargh" puns the Mirror, which predicts a "festive howler" that will "knock the stuffing" out of many areas.


As Christmas fast approaches, the Sun suggests retailers are preparing for the busiest day in their history, with shoppers expected to spend £3.1bn, mainly on food.

Half a million turkeys are forecast to be bought in one supermarket chain alone.

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The Star looks ahead to a 12-day drinking binge over the festive period.

It offers the headline "Let's get the party started", while simultaneously warning of the dangers of getting too carried away with the Christmas spirit.

The Telegraph has bad news for all those hoping to undo the excesses with a January diet, warning that torrential downpours in southern Spain have damaged up to 70% of salad crops.