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Labour government would weaken Israel-UK relationship, says cabinet minister

By Marcus Dysch, January 22, 2015

The impact of a Labour government on Britain's relationship with Israel could be "chilling", the Northern Ireland Secretary has claimed.

Theresa Villiers told the JC that this country's role as a key ally of Israel would be seriously diminished if Ed Miliband were to become prime minister in May.

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Ed Miliband defends Labour's approach to Israel

By Sandy Rashty, January 19, 2015

Ed Miliband has described himself as a “friend of Israel” after he was questioned about his support for the country following controversial comments during last summer’s Gaza conflict.

The Labour leader attended a pre-election question-and-answer session with residents in Hendon, north-west London, this morning.

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Labour 'will support faith schools ethos'

By Marcus Dysch, January 8, 2015

Labour's Shadow Education Secretary has reaffirmed his party's support for faith schools and called on the Jewish community to lead the way in encouraging cross-cultural dialogue.

In a wide-ranging speech at JFS in London on Tuesday evening, Tristram Hunt also spoke passionately of his support for Israel.

Referring to the Trojan Horse inquiry into allegations of Islamic extremism in Muslim s

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Councillor apologises for Auschwitz image tweet

By JC Reporter, January 7, 2015

A councillor who posted an offensive tweet which appeared to liken the Tories' economic policy to that of the Nazis has been suspended from the Labour Party.

Rosemary Healy published a doctored image of a Conservative election poster showing the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on her social media account on Tuesday.

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Abused MP Luciana Berger urges Twitter to act on racism

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2014

A Jewish MP targeted by abusive internet users has called on social media companies including Twitter to ban the use of racist words on their sites.

Luciana Berger said online hatred must be taken as seriously as abuse perpetrated offline.

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'Vote Ed - he's a brave friend of Israel'

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2014

Labour’s Shadow Middle East Minister has urged British Jews to support Ed Miliband.

Gareth Thomas defended the party’s condemnation of Israel’s actions in Gaza and said Labour leaders were committed to encouraging the two sides back to negotiations.

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Pro-Israel MP in tweet row

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Veteran Labour MP Ivan Lewis has accused a party backbencher of "manipulating" internal party politics.

Mr Lewis, the Shadow Northern Ireland minister and a former vice-chair of Labour Friends of Israel, appeared to claim Tom Watson had tried to influence the selection process for a new Scottish Labour leader.

Mr Watson wrote an article for the Sunday Herald newspaper warning against Scottis

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Ed Miliband defends Labour support for Palestine recognition

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband has defended his party’s support for the recognition of a Palestinian state.

Mr Miliband told pro-Palestinian activists that he was proud to support a backbench motion in the Commons last month which urged the government to acknowledge statehood immediately.

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Jews' defection not because of Ed, say Labour

By Marcus Dysch, November 13, 2014

Claims that Jewish donors have deserted the Labour Party in response to Ed Miliband's stance on the Gaza conflict have been dismissed by leading Labour supporters.

They said financial support for the party from within the Jewish community had been declining for more than a decade.

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Ten arrested near Luciana Berger’s Liverpool office

By Marcus Dysch, November 11, 2014

Police have refused to link the arrest of a gang of suspected neo-Nazis close to an office used by Jewish MP Luciana Berger with the hate campaign being waged against her.

Ten people were questioned after being held yards from a site where Ms Berger regularly holds surgeries for local constituents.

Armed police and forensics teams searched a number of properties following the arrests.

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