Politics

Fury over Tory candidate’s Miliband ‘the Jew’ Facebook post

By Marcus Dysch, April 27, 2015

A Conservative council candidate has been suspended by the party after she referred to Labour leader Ed Miliband as “the Jew”.

Gulzabeen Afsar is due to stand for the Tories in Derby’s local authority election next week.

In a Facebook status praising David Cameron’s leadership she told a friend she would never “drop that low and support the Al Yahud! Lol”.

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Israel is a red line for those of us who've gone Green

By Andree Frieze, April 26, 2015

Unintentionally, I found religion and politics at the same time. It was August 2012 and I joined the Green Party. The following month our family joined Kingston Liberal Synagogue so our sons could attend cheder to prepare for their barmitzvahs.

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Theresa May's Bnei Akiva Yom Ha'atzmaut speech

By Marcus Dysch, April 24, 2015

Home Secretary Theresa May gave the keynote speech at Bnei Akiva's Yom Ha'aztmaut event.

The Conservative minister spoke about Israel's technological successes and the country's relationship with Britain.

She told an audience at Finchley United Synagogue about her hopes for peace in the Middle East.

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It’s no surprise we’re voting Tory

By Geoffrey Alderman, April 18, 2015

No one who has traced, however crudely, the developing political sociology of British Jewry over the past quarter-century should be the least bit surprised at the findings of the Survation poll of Anglo-Jewish voting intentions, commissioned by the JC and published last week.

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We cannot vote, but our opinion matters

By Jordan Freud, April 16, 2015

At 17, I don’t yet have the privilege of voting. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been caught up in the frenzy of the general election.

Over the past month, I have been on a quest to find out more. I began looking at my own constituency, Finchley and Golders Green, and speaking to the major party candidates. First up was Mike Freer.

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The Holocaust survivor who's on the political front line

By Rosa Doherty, April 8, 2015

A group of anti-Ukip protesters hit the headlines last month when Nigel Farage labelled them “scum” after they forced him to flee his local pub.

The Ukip leader was angry that he the incident had taken place while he was out eating Sunday lunch with his family.

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Rabbi says voting is our religious duty

By Sandy Rashty, April 8, 2015

A senior rabbi has called on all British Jews to exercise their “religious duty to vote” at the general election.

Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, of Maidenhead Synagogue, said it was incumbent on Jews to use their ballot to block extremist groups.

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SNP may force Labour to take tougher line on Israel

By Robert Philpot, April 8, 2015

Last week’s election debate provided an introduction to Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon for many voters south of the border. They may be seeing much more of her in the months ahead — despite Labour ruling out a coalition, polls indicate that some form of informal deal with her Scottish National Party may be Ed Miliband’s only route into No 10.

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An obvious shock

April 8, 2015

The overwhelming support for David Cameron’s Conservatives — and the corresponding hostility to Ed Miliband’s Labour — revealed in our poll are at once both unsurprising and shocking. Unsurprising, because the Labour leader appears to regard the Jewish community as simply not worth bothering with — in marked contrast to David Cameron’s constant engagment with British Jews.

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Huge majority of British Jews will vote Tory, JC poll reveals

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2015

British Jews will vote overwhelmingly for the Conservatives, an exclusive JC poll has revealed.

Asked who they would support in next month’s general election, 69 per cent of Jewish voters said they would support the Tories. Only 22 per cent said they would vote Labour.

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