Labour realises a red line has been crossed by Paul Flynn

By Martin Bright, December 8, 2011

The Paul Flynn affair marks a high-water mark for a particular type of pernicious anti-Zionist sentiment in the mainstream British left.

At least I hope it does.

The Labour MP's use of the classic antisemitic trope of Jewish dual loyalty in the case of the highly-respected young ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, was a deeply sinister development.


MP sorry for saying Jewish envoy 'disloyal' to UK

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2011

The Labour MP Paul Flynn has apologised for questioning the loyalty of the British ambassador to Israel because he is Jewish.

Mr Flynn said: "Clumsily expressed remarks of mine have caused anger and upset.


Chief Whip hauls in MP after Matthew Gould comments

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2011

The Labour MP who suggested Matthew Gould was an inappropriate British ambassador to Israel, because he was Jewish, has reportedly been called in by Labour Chief Whip Rosie Winterton to explain his remarks.


Jewish envoy not loyal to UK, says Labour MP

By Martin Bright, December 1, 2011

A Labour MP has caused outrage by suggesting that Britain's first Jewish ambassador to Israel has divided loyalties because he has "proclaimed himself to be a Zionist".


Ed Miliband's links to Israel

By Martin Bright, November 17, 2011

Labour leader Ed Miliband used a Labour Friends of Israel lunch this week to emphasise his family connection to the country that gave refuge to his grandmother. In a highly personal speech to mark the publication by LFI of a collection of essays entitled Making the Progressive Case for Israel, he said: "I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for the state of Israel".


Labour Friends go to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, October 19, 2011

Labour Friends of Israel has led its first delegation to the country for two years, with seven MPs meeting political and business leaders.

The week-long tour included a trip to Ramallah and visits to Israel's northern borders with Lebanon and Syria.

On the delegation were MPs Anne McGuire, Rachel Reeves, Jonathan Reynolds, Dan Jarvis, Michael McCann and Pamela Nash.


Ivan Lewis moved to International Development role in reshuffle

By Jennifer Lipman, October 7, 2011

The MP for Bury South has been given the role of Shadow Secretary for International Development in the Shadow Cabinet shake-up.

Ivan Lewis, who is Jewish and a former vice-chairman of Labour Friends of Israel, has spent the past year as the Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport.

He has been in office since 1997 and as of the last election he held a 3,292 majority.


Taub: Labour sending wrong message on peace process

By Martin Bright, September 28, 2011

Opposition leader Ed Miliband told a packed Labour for Friends of Israel reception at his party's conference in Liverpool on Tuesday that backing the Palestinian bid for statehood was the right thing to do.


Ed Miliband on 'outsider' Jewish heritage

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2011

Ed Miliband has once again referred to his Jewish roots in his party conference address.

The Labour leader, who was chosen for the post on Rosh Hashanah last year, spoke of how his parents fled the Nazis then came to Britain "and embraced its values".


'Bid was right but Ed is wrong'

By Martin Bright, September 27, 2011

The Middle East peace process is riddled with contradictions and paradoxes.

It is always chastening to bear in mind, for example, that a two-state solution would result in a so-called "apartheid" Israel with a significant population of Arab citizens and a supposedly "free" Palestine without Jews.