Politics

Ariel Sharon dies

By Marc Goldberg, January 10, 2014

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died at the age of 85.

He had been in a coma for eight years following a stroke. His condition had deteriorated over the past week and he died of heart failure at the Sheba Medical Centre near Tel Aviv on Saturday afternoon.

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Miliband had a lot to prove and to a great extent did so

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2014

Everyone seems happy with Ed Miliband’s visit to Israel. The Israeli establishment got a good look at the man who may be Britain’s next prime minister and was assured that his heart was in the right place.

The leadership of the British Jewish community, who often sense a disconnect in Mr Miliband, got a chance to see him at ease in the Jewish state.

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Ed connects — but still won’t say the Z-word

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 14, 2014

More than three years since becoming Labour leader, last week Ed Miliband made his first official foreign trip — to Israel.

He could hardly have chosen a more critical moment to arrive, with the peace process in turmoil. But, in an interview at the Hebrew University campus in Jerusalem, he was careful not to be drawn on his prescriptions for the diplomatic impasse.

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Culture Secretary Javid is Cabinet’s new Israel ally

By Marcus Dysch, April 14, 2014

Israel has a new ally in the Cabinet — the first Asian male Conservative minister.

Sajid Javid was appointed Culture Secretary following Maria Miller’s resignation last week and is tipped as a possible future Tory leader.

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Reform rabbi attacks Michael Gove for ‘devaluing’ RE

By Charlotte Oliver, March 20, 2014

A leading Reform rabbi has attacked Education Secretary Michael Gove for not recognising the value of religious education.

Rabbi Jonathan Romain said the study of RE had been consistently undermined by Mr Gove, who had failed to promote it as a core subject.

“It’s not just that RE has been ignored and left on the shelf, but it has actually been devalued,” Rabbi Romain said.

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Tony Benn, fierce Israel critic — but once an admirer?

By Marcus Dysch, March 20, 2014

Tony Benn’s shifting views on Israel and the Palestinians have come under the spotlight following the veteran politician’s death.

The former Labour cabinet minister, campaigner and diarist, who has died at the age of 88, was a strong supporter of Anglo-Jewry, but in recent years had taken a hard-line approach against Israel and called for an end to Zionism.

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The Orthodox Jew who's Ukip's poster boy

By Angela Epstein, March 14, 2014

A few years ago, I was having a wash-and-blow in a newly opened hair salon, bang in the heart of Jewish north Manchester, when a woman who’d taught me at junior school came in. As she saw me, faint recognition flickered across her face, and turning to one of the stylists, she asked, not-so-sotto-voce (a privilege of the elderly), who I was.

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David Cameron expected to speak at Knesset during Israel visit

March 4, 2014

David Cameron's rescheduled visit to Israel may take place next week, according to sources in Jerusalem.

Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein said Mr Cameron was expected to address Israel's parliament on March 12.

The Prime Minister was last month forced to cancel plans to make his first official visit to Israel since his election following the floods which affected parts of Britain.

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Poland urged to do more to provide restitution to Holocaust victims

By Marcus Dysch, February 27, 2014

Dozens of British parliamentarians have written to Poland’s Prime Minister urging his country to do more to provide restitution to Holocaust victims whose property was seized during the war.

They said Britain should increase its work to aid survivors now living in this country who are seeking the return of their belongings, or compensation.

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All-party group helps MPs to define strategy

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2014

Its launch was mired in cross-communal argument, but a parliamentary group promoting Jewish issues has made a successful start with a series of briefings during its first five months.

Members led the defence of religious slaughter in a Lords debate last month and the group has helped Charedi Jews challenge the government over planned welfare and benefit changes.

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