Politics

Alienated by Corbyn? Come home to the Lib Dems, says leader

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2016

The Liberal Democrats will be a "warm home" for Jews who have been alienated by Labour's antisemitism crisis, according to Tim Farron.

Describing his "very sincere" desire to offer the community a centre-left alternative, the Lib Dem leader is promoting his party as the only option for Jewish Labour activists who feel they cannot support Jeremy Corbyn.

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Boundary changes may impact constituencies with large Jewish communities

By Daniel Sugarman, September 13, 2016

Proposed changes to the boundaries of Parliamentary constituencies may significantly affect areas with large Jewish populations.

The Boundary Commission for England published its boundary recommendations this morning. The proposals, due to take effect in 2018, include suggestions to create new constituencies, abolish others, and redraw the borders of many more.

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Government’s support for Israel remains constant amid ‘seismic’ political changes, says Amber Rudd

By Marcus Dysch, September 13, 2016

Amber Rudd, the new Home Secretary, has pledged to combat antisemitism and said she understood British Jews’ feelings of fear and vulnerability.

Ms Rudd said Theresa May’s government would stand “steadfastly alongside Israel”.

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Jeremy Corbyn 'misinformed' over Bernie Sanders 'support'

By Josh Jackman, August 24, 2016

Senator Bernie Sanders has denied that he sent a message of support to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Corbyn told supporters at a phone bank event on Monday that the Jewish senator, who lost out to Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic Party nomination, had favourably compared the two politicians.

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn later admitted that this was a mistake.

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'Israel is creating terrorists with a justified grudge', Baroness Tonge claims

By Josh Jackman, July 21, 2016

Baroness Tonge has accused Israel of being responsible for the rise of Islamist terrorism and Daesh.

The life peer told the House of Lords that Israel was provoking a generation of violent extremists who would have “a justified grudge” against Israel and Britain.

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I was 'ignorant and stupid' for making antisemitic comments, says Naz Shah

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2016

Naz Shah, the Labour MP was who suspended from her party for antisemitic social media posts, has said she was “ignorant” and “stupid” when she published the offensive messages.

Ms Shah apologised earlier this year for the series of comments she made about Jews and Israel, and was readmitted to the party following a disciplinary process earlier this month.

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What Prime Minister Theresa May could mean for British Jews

By Marcus Dysch, July 11, 2016

When Theresa May attended a Board of Deputies meeting and held a sign declaring “Je Suis Juif” a week after the atrocity at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris, some thought it was merely an opportunistic photo opportunity.

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Brexit vote triggers fears over security

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2016

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More than a third of British Jews feel less safe following the EU referendum result, a JC poll has revealed.

After the country backed leaving the European Union, 38 per cent of the community said the outcome had left them more concerned about their security. More than half said they felt pessimistic about the future.

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The hopefuls who could fight to be next Prime Minister

By Marcus Dysch, June 29, 2016

Theresa May
Home Secretary, MP

As the longest-serving Home Secretary for more than a century, Mrs May is perhaps better placed than any other politician to understand British Jews’ concerns on extremism and rising antisemitism.

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Suspect in Jo Cox killing bought neo-Nazi books

By Rosa Doherty, June 17, 2016

The man arrested over the killing of the MP Jo Cox purchased books from a US-based neo-Nazi group, including guides which promoted the eradication of the Jewish people.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has published receipts that appear to show Thomas Mair bought books from the National Alliance on how to build homemade guns and explosives.

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