Labour

Labour's Yvette Cooper warns Facebook over antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, March 12, 2014

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has challenged Facebook to do more to tackle antisemitism on the site.

The Labour politician’s comments came after more than 20,000 people signed a petition calling on the company, and its Jewish founder Mark Zuckerberg, to stop “supporting the spread of antisemitism”.

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Miliband: I’ve never felt closer to the Jewish community

By Marcus Dysch, March 6, 2014

Ed Miliband has revealed that his relationship with the Jewish community has grown and deepened in the years since he became leader of the Labour Party.

He told guests at the Community Security Trust’s annual dinner on Wednesday: “I feel more part of the Jewish community than at any other time in my life”.

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Ed Miliband announces Israel visit

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband is expected to make an official visit to Israel within the next three months, the JC can reveal.

The trip is scheduled to be one of the Opposition leader’s first major foreign trips and will come a year before the General Election.

Mr Miliband is also due to be the keynote speaker at the Community Security Trust’s annual dinner in London next month.

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Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi apologises for Gaza-Holocaust comparison

By Marcus Dysch, February 10, 2014

A Labour MP has apologised after she appeared to compare the situation in Gaza to the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust.

In a Parliamentary debate last week on the humanitarian situation facing Palestinians, Yasmin Qureshi drew parallels with the Shoah.

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Labour MP condemned for Gaza-Holocaust comparison

By Marcus Dysch, February 7, 2014

The Holocaust Educational Trust has condemned a Labour MP who compared the situation in Gaza to the treatment of the Jews during the Holocaust.

During a Parliamentary debate on the humanitarian situation facing Palestinians on Wednesday, Yasmin Qureshi drew parallels with the Shoah.

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Herzog won Labour by talking diplomacy

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 28, 2013

Hilik Bar, secretary-general of the Israeli Labour Party, is sitting puffy-eyed in his Knesset office. As the party’s organisational head, last week’s primaries were his responsibility and he is still catching up on lost sleep.

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Councillors shown the real Israel

By Marcus Dysch, October 31, 2013

British councillors have taken part in the first of a series of Israel tours aimed at giving local authority representatives an insight into the country’s political system.

Organised by the We Believe Israel advocacy group, and Labour Friends of Israel, last week’s trip saw six councillors from around England meet officials and counterparts in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

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Senior Labour MPs to join delegation to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2013

Senior Labour shadow cabinet members are due to join the party’s biggest delegation to visit Israel for years.

Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy will lead the group — co-ordinated by Labour Friends of Israel — in meetings with Israel’s defence minister Moshe Ya’alon and other counter-terror experts.

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Party over for political Friends of Israel groups

By Martin Bright, September 23, 2013

When my old friend Sunder Katwala was head of the centre-left Fabian Society he had one of his many bright ideas.

Tired of the sniping and bitterness that had poisoned the debate over the Middle East in Britain, he suggested that no senior Labour politician should appear at a meeting held by Labour Friends of Israel unless it was jointly held with Labour Friends of Palestine.

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Lawyer wins Labour candidacy for Finchley and Golders Green

By Marcus Dysch, September 2, 2013

Lawyer Sarah Sackman will be the Labour candidate in the Finchley and Golders Green constituency at the 2015 general election.

Ms Sackman was selected at a party meeting at Finchley Progressive Synagogue on Sunday.

Among the candidates she beat was Alon Or-Bach, who could have become the first Israeli to be a British MP.

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