Leading communal bodies have asked the Labour Party to censure Sir Gerald Kaufman after the veteran MP accused Israel of fabricating attacks and claimed the Conservative Party 1a>has been influenced by “Jewish money”1b>.
The great Jewish historians have generally been blessed with long lives. Salo Baron died at the age of 94; Simon Dubnow (at the hands of the Nazis) at 81; Gershom Scholem at 84. So shock at the death of David Cesarani is compounded by his comparative youth: he was just 58.
Labour has called for both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to work to de-escalate tensions following the rising violence, which it said was “deeply shocking”.
Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn said in a statement on Wednesday: “More killing will achieve nothing and the situation demands courageous leadership from Israeli and Palestinian politicians alike.