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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.

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Chilling words

December 5, 2011

There is no more classic antisemitic trope than the idea of the Jew as agent of a foreign power, lacking loyalty to his 'host' country.

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MP defends 'disloyal' envoy to Israel claims

By Jennifer Lipman, December 2, 2011

The Labour MP at the centre of a storm over his suggestion that the British ambassador to Israel could be disloyal because he is Jewish has complained that he has been treated unfairly.

Paul Flynn, who represents the Newport West constituency, said that because Matthew Gould has "proclaimed himself to be a Zionist" he is not a suitable person for the role.

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Debate needed on antisemitism after MP's Gould remarks

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2011

A Labour MP has called for "a debate on antisemitism" following another MP's remarks suggesting that the British ambassador to Israel has divided loyalties because he is Jewish.

Denis MacShane, the MP for Rotherham and the author of the book Globalising Hatred. The New Antisemitism, raised the issue during business questions in the House of Commons today.

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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.

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MP who questioned Jewish envoy's loyalty should 'prepare to retire'

By Jennifer Lipman, December 1, 2011

The Labour MP who suggested Matthew Gould was an inappropriate British ambassador to Israel, because he was Jewish, should start preparing for his "retirement", said the chair of the All-party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism.

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A shocking outburst of prejudice

By Robert Halfon, December 1, 2011

I like Paul Flynn. It may surprise JC readers to know that he is one of my favourite Labour MPs. Witty, intelligent and original, we have often collaborated on the Public Administration Select Committee, which examines the machinery of government.

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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".

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Chilling words

December 1, 2011

There is no more classic antisemitic trope than the idea of the Jew as agent of a foreign power, lacking loyalty to his 'host' country. Add to that the idea of a Jewish conspiracy and you have a double whammy.

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Welcome to the British ambassador's succah

By Jennifer Lipman, October 10, 2011

A succah has been put up at the British ambassador's residence in Israel for the first time ever.

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