Politics

Young Jews ‘more engaged’ in EU vote than other ethnic minorities

By Sandy Rashty, May 20, 2016

Young Jews are more likely to register to vote in the EU referendum than young people from other ethnic minority communities, according to a leading campaigner.

A YouGov poll of 1,300 young adults aged 18 to 30 found that young people from black and ethnic minority communities (BME) were less likely to vote than people from a white background.

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Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon quits claiming he can't trust Benjamin Netanyahu

By Josh Jackman, May 20, 2016

Moshe Yaalon has resigned as Israeli defence minister, saying that "Israel, as well as the Likud party, has been taken over by dangerous and extreme elements."

The former Chief of General Staff in the military, who was a member of the prime minister’s Likud party, will also leave the Knesset.

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Bad start for Shami as doubts grow over antisemitism inquiry’s integrity

By Marcus Dysch, May 18, 2016

The blinds were lowered, blocking the impressive view of Parliament Square usually visible from Portcullis House’s conference rooms.

All eyes focused instead on the slight woman sitting at the top table.

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Labour's six key objectives for antisemitism inquiry revealed

By JC Reporter, May 13, 2016

The Labour Party’s inquiry into antisemitism will aim to set out principles on how to recognise and deal with Jew-hatred among its members, according to a document believed to set out the official terms of reference.

The document, which was seen by the JC ahead of the inquiry’s official launch on Monday, outlines six key objectives.

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Labour suspend activist over “Jewish genocide of the British people” tweet

By Josh Jackman, May 12, 2016

Labour has suspended a party member who posted a link online claiming that “Jews control Britain and are committing genocide on us”.

Musabbir Ali, a member of the Tower Hamlets Labour Party in east London who used to serve as a campaign officer, “has been suspended pending an investigation”, a party spokeswoman confirmed.

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Labour official ‘suspended for supporting Ken Livingstone’s Hitler comment’

By Rosa Doherty, May 11, 2016

The secretary of Croydon Central Labour Party has been suspended for reportedly backing Ken Livingstone's comments about Hitler and Zionism.

David White expressed support for Mr Livingstone’s comments in a tweet sent to a local newspaper reporter.

Mr White said the former London mayor had been "largely accurate" when he described the Nazi leader as a Zionist.

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Former Jewish Society chair backed to replace Ken Livingstone on Labour executive

By Rosa Doherty, May 10, 2016

A former Jewish Society chair has been backed to replace Ken Livingstone on Labour’s National Executive Committee.

Rhea Wolfson, a Scottish Labour activist, has the support of the pro-Corbyn campaign group Momentum.

She is expected to replace the suspended Mr Livingstone and represent the Centre-Left Grassroots Alliance, for the place on the party’s governing body.

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Scottish MP pays compensation over ‘Holocaust denier’ slur

By Josh Jackman, May 9, 2016

An MP who accused a leading campaigner of being an “outed Holocaust denier” has apologised for the slur and agreed to pay £10,000 in compensation.

Natalie McGarry, the Scottish National Party MP for Glasgow East, also called Scotland in Union director Alastair Cameron an “internet troll” in a tweet posted on March 6.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis warns Labour antisemitism inquiry must not be a ‘sticking plaster’

By Marcus Dysch, May 4, 2016

There is a “severe” antisemitism problem within Labour, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has claimed in his first public comments on the crisis engulfing the party.

In a wide-ranging article explaining his concerns about the allegations and comments of recent weeks, Rabbi Mirvis attacked those who, he said, had tried to separate Zionism and Judaism.

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Naz Shah quits committee investigating antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, May 3, 2016

Naz Shah, the Labour MP suspended by the party for a series of antisemitic social media posts, has said she will temporarily step down from a Commons committee investigating Jew-hatred.

Ms Shah, Bradford West MP, will not be involved in the Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry into rising antisemitism in Britain.

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