Explicit antisemitism remains rare in media and political discourse, says CST report

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2015

The use of Nazism to attack Jews and Zionists in Britain is on the rise, according to a leading antisemitism watchdog.

A report published by the Community Security Trust, which monitors antisemitism in Britain, revealed an unprecedented level of Jew-hatred.

The growth of social media was having a clear impact on the spread of antisemitic discourse, threats and themes than ever before.


Injection of youth for Board’s executive committee

By Josh Jackman, November 16, 2015

The Board of Deputies has elected four delegates to its executive committee.

There were 18 candidates for the committee, which is responsible for making recommendations on policy and working with the president and vice-presidents.

The winners were deputies Tal Ofer, Gabriel Webber, and Noemi Zell, and Scottish Council of Jewish Communities director Ephraim Borowski.


MPs acknowledge link between Israeli-Palestinian conflict and rising antisemitism in Britain

By Marcus Dysch, November 5, 2015

More than 30 MPs have signed a Parliamentary motion noting the links between rising antisemitism in Britain and violence between Israel and the Palestinians.

It acknowledged that the single biggest contributing factor to the growth of Jew hatred in 2014 had been the Gaza conflict.

Philippa Whitford, Scottish National Party MP for Central Ayrshire, tabled the Early Day Motion on Wednesday.


No slapped wrist

November 4, 2015

There is an argument that we should somehow be grateful that Jeremy Corbyn has condemned Sir Gerald Kaufman’s antisemitic rant, describing it as “unacceptable and deeply regrettable”. An argument, yes, but a bad one.


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.


Police apologise over Lord Brittan case

By Marcus Dysch, October 9, 2015

Scotland Yard has apologised to the widow of former Home Secretary Leon Brittan after police failed to clear him of a false historic rape claim.

Three years ago a former Labour activist with severe mental health issues accused Lord Brittan of raping her in 1967.

Lord Brittan died aged 75 in January after repeatedly denying any wrongdoing.


Jewish Tory delegate abused by protesters outside party conference

By Rosa Doherty, October 8, 2015

A Conservative Party delegate has told how he was subjected to antisemitic abuse from protestors outside the conference in Manchester.

Stephen Woods, chairman of the Conservative Sale East and Wythenshawe Association, was leaving the centre with a group of Jewish friends, wearing kippot, on Sunday.


Interview: Sadiq Khan - 'Believe me, I won't be another Ken Livingstone'

By Marcus Dysch, September 20, 2015

London’s mayoral elections have been some of the most personal in British political history. So prominent, and indeed notorious, have the past two holders of the role been, that only first names were needed: Ken and Boris.

Enter stage left, Sadiq. Labour’s former Communities Minister, Sadiq Khan, won the race to fight to reclaim City Hall from the Conservatives earlier this month.


Jeremy Corbyn: 'My Jewish ancestry'

By Simon Rocker, September 18, 2015

New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that he has some Jewish ancestry.

In an interview in today’s Church Times, he revealed that there was a “Jewish element” in the family.

His mother Naomi was a Bible-reading agnostic “brought up in a religious environment and her brother was a vicar, and there was quite a lot of clergy in her family,” he said.


Sir Malcolm Rifkind cleared over 'cash-for-access' allegation

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2015

Sir Malcolm Rifkind has been cleared of any wrongdoing after he was implicated in a “cash-for-access” row earlier this year.

The former Foreign Secretary was secretly filmed appearing to offer his services to a private firm for cash.