UN bid throws party positions into sharp relief

By Martin Bright, November 29, 2012

What a difference a year makes. Last September, Ed Miliband marked a definitive break with his party’s pro-Israel New Labour past by backing the Palestinian bid for an upgrade to their status at the United Nations. At the time this seemed precipitous and naive.


Pro-Respect Party Rotherham leaflet attacks Labour over Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2012

A leaflet attacking Labour Friends of Israel and attributed to George Galloway's Respect Party has been distributed ahead of next week's Rotherham by-election.


Labour MP vocal against antisemitism resigns

By Anna Sheinman, November 2, 2012

Labour MP Denis MacShane has resigned from Parliament after being found guilty by the Parliamentary standards committee of falsifying expenses. He was chair of the all-party Parliamentary inquiry into antisemitism.


Holocaust Educational Trust at Party fringe meetings

October 11, 2012

The Holocaust Educational Trust ran three fringe meetings at this year’s party conferences exploring the influence of the internet and social media on the Holocaust.

Recognising the problem of teaching the Holocaust as survivors die, the HET assembled three panels to discuss role models, fictional depictions of the Shoah, football, radio and television.


If Miliband wills it, is it a dream?

By Rebecca Abrams, October 11, 2012

There are plenty of Jews in the upper echelons of the Conservative party but none of them were tempted this week to follow Ed Miliband's example and share their family histories with the nation. I was hoping we might get into a "my roots are better than your roots" contest, but it was not to be.


Ed Balls’s "not embarrassed" by Nazi pic

October 4, 2012

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls says he is “not embarrassed” by the student-era pictures of him in a Nazi uniform that appeared in the press in 2008.

In an interview with the Huffington Post he said: “Of course I’m not embarrassed by it. If I had the choice again, would I do it? No.”


Shadow Cabinet trio to go to Israel next week

By Anna Sheinman, October 4, 2012

Labour leader Ed Miliband, fresh from his triumphant keynote speech at the party conference, told the Labour Friends of Israel reception on Tuesday night: “We must have zero tolerance for those people who question the right of Israel to exist”.


Labour's Douglas Alexander attacks Ken Livingstone over 'rich Jews' comments

By Marcus Dysch, September 28, 2012

Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary has attacked former London Mayor Ken Livingstone over his comments about Jewish voters.

Douglas Alexander said Mr Livingstone was “wrong” to suggest that “wealthy Jews” would not vote for him in the capital's mayoral election earlier this year.


What’s happened to Labour's passion and principle when the only way was ethics?

By Martin Bright, September 28, 2012

There was a time, not so long ago, when you knew where you stood with Labour Party foreign policy. Remember 1997 and that headline in the Observer: "Goodbye Xenophobia"? Robin Cook's ethical foreign policy may now be lost in the mists of New Labour nostalgia, but it was an inspirational rallying cry.


Friends groups head to Israel

By Martin Bright, September 20, 2012

A combined Lords and Commons cricket team will fly to Israel the day after David Cameron’s speech to the Conservative Party conference. The delegation aims to use Britain’s greatest sporting export to combine Middle East fact-finding with cultural diplomacy.