Labour

Communal groups urge Labour to take action against Gerald Kaufman over ‘Jewish money’ remarks

By Josh Jackman, November 2, 2015

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 has been influenced by “Jewish money”.

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Boycotts are misguided

By Michael Dugher, October 29, 2015

Last week, I joined over 150 British artists and authors, including JK Rowling, Tom Holland and Simon Schama, in backing a new network promoting co-existence and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians.

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Labour veteran Sir Gerald Kaufman claims 'Jewish money' has influenced Conservatives

By Josh Jackman and Sandy Rashty, October 28, 2015

Veteran Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman has accused Israel of fabricating the recent knife attacks in the country and claimed the Conservative Party has been influenced by “Jewish money”.

Speaking at a Palestine Return Centre event in Parliament on Tuesday, Sir Gerald said that the British government had become more pro-Israel in recent years.

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Luciana Berger joins MPs and community leaders to highlight importance of poverty charity’s work in Israel conflict

By Sandy Rashty, October 20, 2015

Shadow Mental Health Minister Luciana Berger spoke movingly at a reception for Israel poverty charity Manna Meir Panim, which was held in Parliament on Monday evening.

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Jeremy Corbyn rejects professor who supports Palestinian terrorism - but accepted his £5,000 donation

By Sandy Rashty, October 14, 2015

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accepted £5,000 from a donor who believes that Palestinians have a “moral right” to commit acts of terror.

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Corbyn donor backed Palestinian 'moral right to their terrorism'

By Sandy Rashty, October 14, 2015

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accepted £5,000 from a donor who believes that Palestinians have a “moral right” to commit acts of terror.

According to leading Westminster blog Guido Fawkes, Mr Corbyn accepted the donation from Professor Ted Honderich, towards his campaign for leadership of the Labour party in September.

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Government acts to stop local councils boycotting Israel

By Marcus Dysch, October 3, 2015

The government has announced plans to amend legislation in order to stop local councils launching politically-motivated boycotts of Israel.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Greg Clark said the move would be a challenge to “the politics of division”.

It will aim to stop councils running divesting campaigns against UK defence companies and Israeli interests.

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Labour donor who heckled Jeremy Corbyn challenges leader to say he recognises Israel

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2015

The Jewish donor who heckled Jeremy Corbyn at a Labour Friends of Israel reception has used a television appearance to challenge the party leader to say he recognises the country.

Michael Foster told the BBC’s Daily Politics programme he had shouted at Mr Corbyn at Tuesday’s event because he felt the politician was not addressing the concerns of the LFI audience.

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Straight talking? Not when it's about Israel

By Robert Philpot, October 1, 2015

When Jeremy Corbyn told John McDonnell to wave to the delegates after the shadow chancellor's keynote speech - not something frontline politicians usually need to be reminded of - it illustrated, albeit in a trivial way, that Labour is now in uncharted territory.

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Hostility revealed on the fringes of Labour event

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2015

Labour's new shadow cabinet avoided making any major policy announcements on Israel at the party's conference this week, but there were a series of hostile receptions and controversial comments around the fringes.

In his first conference speech as leader, Jeremy Corbyn did not refer to Israel or the Palestinians during a lengthy passage on the situation in Syria.

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